Second Trimester:

Flutters & Kicks

The second trimester lasts from week 13 to week 28 of pregnancy. During this period you’ll start to experience flutters – these are the first detectable movements of your baby. Most women first become aware of these tiny movements when they are 18-20 weeks pregnant.

If by 24 weeks you have never felt your baby move, contact your midwife who can check your baby’s heartbeat. Typically, a first time pregnant woman will experience these flutters later than second time mums-to-be.  By the end of this stage, baby will have formed taste buds, fingerprints and immature lungs and grown some hair.   Baby will about 30cm long.

A second scan takes place between 18 weeks and 20 weeks 6 days of pregnancy and is commonly called the 20-week scan. It is also sometimes referred to as the mid-pregnancy scan, as it checks whether your baby is developing as he/she should.  The scan looks for 11 different conditions in your baby and cannot find everything that might be wrong.

During this period of your pregnancy you will be contacted by the Children’s 0-19 Services at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust (NHFT).  For further details about the Children’s 0-19 Services please click here.

Screening tests for pregnant women and newborn babies - it would be useful to read the online 'Screening tests for you and your baby'  information.  This will support any discussions with your midwife.

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