Now that your first trimester is behind you, some of the symptoms you've been feeling may be, too. Still, your changing body may present you with some new ones. Here's what you can do to help.

 

Second Trimester Pregnancy Tips

Heartburn

Those extra hormones in your body can cause the muscle separating your esophagus from your stomach to relax. This can cause digestive juices to back up and irritate your esophagus lining, leading to heartburn.

Tip: Eat smaller meals. Avoid greasy or highly seasoned foods, as well as processed foods and carbonated drinks. Also, try elevating your head at bedtime.

 

Hemorrhoids

Remember how hormones can slow down your digestive tract and cause constipation? They can also cause hemorrhoids, the painful, swollen veins around the rectum that often itch and bleed.

Tip: Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time. Eat lots of fiber, drink water and exercise to keep yourself regular.

Second Trimester Skin Changes

Your body is now producing extra oils, which can give you the "glow" of pregnancy. Or cause you to break out. You may also develop spidery red lines on your face, neck, arms and chest, when the extra blood flow in your body causes tiny blood vessels to swell.

Tip: Be sure to wash your face often, and treat breakouts as you normally would. And know for better or worse, your skin will return to normal after your pregnancy.

Vaginal Discharge

You can expect a thin, whitish discharge to start now and increase throughout your pregnancy. You may also experience some itching.

Tip: Wear cotton-crotch underwear and wash daily with water.

Varicose Veins

Though mainly hereditary, varicose veins are aggravated by pregnancy factors like weight gain, decreased blood circulation, and the weight of the baby in your pelvic region.

Tip: Put your feet up as much as possible. Don't cross your legs. Try exercise if it's okay with your doctor. And consider wearing support pantyhose.

Frequent Urination

As your uterus increases in size, it puts more pressure on your bladder.

Tip: Stop drinking fluids a few hours before bedtime.

Breast Tenderness

The surge of hormones in your body may cause tenderness in your breasts.

Tip: Wear a supportive bra, like an athletic bra, even at night if necessary.