We are here to help you understand the physical and emotional changes you can expect during the second trimester, provide tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and offer guidance on navigating common challenges.
Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, we’re here to support you every step of the way as you continue this path to motherhood.
The second trimester is from weeks 14 to 27 of your pregnancy. During this time, you will start to look and feel more pregnant. Your baby will also start to develop facial features, fingers and toes will become more defined, and they will be able to stretch, make faces, and even suck their thumb.
At this point, you may also start feeling the fetus move. This movement may be described as a flutter or something like the feeling of having butterflies in your stomach. It is completely normal for you to feel this as your baby is doing flips and movements throughout your entire second trimester.
You will have the following visits during your second trimester:
During these visits, prenatal genetic counseling and testing options will also be discussed. Our prenatal genetic counseling and testing can be helpful for families who have a family history of genetic disorders or birth defects, loss during pregnancy or infancy, infertility struggles or medications, pregnancy at 35 or older, or recent chemotherapy or other medicines.
Here is a checklist for some second-trimester considerations:
As part of your care during pregnancy, we encourage you to create a MyChart account at mychart.spectrumhealth.org.
Your MyChart account has specific pregnancy features, including:
This account will also allow you to see test results, email your provider, refill prescriptions, request appointments, and see office visit notes.
Your MyChart account will provide these benefits beyond your pregnancy and connect you with all of your Spectrum Health providers.
You may have many questions about your pregnancy journey. We are committed to providing you with comprehensive answers and resources to make you feel as confident and comfortable as possible.
Refer to our Question Guide for things that you may want to ask your doctor during your appointments.
Refer to our FAQ page for commonly asked questions and answers.
We recognize that planning a pregnancy can feel overwhelming on its own without the additional burden of financial concerns. We are committed to helping you in any way we can, including offering financial support and assistance to those who are eligible.
We know that you know your body better than anyone and can often tell when something does not feel right. Michigan.gov has resources for you to learn the warning signs of pregnancy-related health emergencies.
Please contact your provider right away if something does not feel right, as they can give you the appropriate guidance and care.
We are here to support you and find you the best care possible.