Other 2nd Trimester Symptoms

Increased Heart Rate

When you’re pregnant, you may notice that your heart rate is faster and feels like it’s racing, even when you aren’t doing anything. This is normal because your heart has to beat faster to take care of you and your baby.

Looser Joints

During pregnancy, your body makes a hormone called relaxin, which makes your joints more pliable than normal. Because of this, you may feel clumsier than usual. Please be extra careful, and know that looser joints are just a part of how your body gets ready to deliver your baby.

Round Ligament Pain

You may feel sharp pains on either or both sides of your pubic bone and into your vagina when you’re pregnant. This pain is caused by the fact that your ligaments are stretching as your baby grows. Just a small amount of movement can make the ligaments hurt. It may help to place your hands under your lower abdomen for support when you change positions. Warm compresses or ice packs applied to the affected side and changing positions slowly may also help ease the discomfort.

Varicose Veins

Some pregnant women develop varicose veins, which is the pooling of blood in your veins, making them bulge. This is most likely to happen in your legs or around your rectum. It may help if you lie down once or twice a day on your side for 10 minutes. Wearing support hose during the day and avoiding standing or crossing your legs for long periods may also help.

Bleeding Gums

It’s not unusual for your gums to become swollen and soft when you’re pregnant. They may even bleed slightly during or after you brush your teeth. Using a soft toothbrush and being careful to brush gently may keep this to a minimum.