Second trimester of pregnancy - Physical examination

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Physical Examination of all systems of the body

Once again, your heart is auscultated, any abnormal respiratory sounds are looked for, abdomen is palpated very carefully for any mass and the mental status and is certainly a part of routine medical examination.


Obstetric examination 
Examination is not necessarily done during this trimester.

Abdominal examination

As the baby gains weight and size of the uterus grows the height of the fundus is determined at every visit. Fundal height corresponds to the duration of pregnancy and indicates fetal growth.

Your baby's tiny fetal parts can be palpated per abdomen. Be sure to touch your abdomen and feel those tiny hands and feet and this experience is sure to tug at your heart.

The doctor will put a stethoscope on your belly to hear the reassuring beats of your infant. The heart rate of the fetus will be about 140-160 beats/ minute, nearly double that of a normal adult..

If the doctor feels the fetal growth is not adequate, you might be referred for an ultrasound. 

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Itsme

Hi, i am 13 weeks pregnant now. I have missed taking folic acid tablets that is prescribed during my first trimester many times. Will that affect the growth of baby of health in any way.

questioner

I am 30 years and late for my periods like 7 days.(usually i have irregular periods ranging from 30 to 37 days). I was sexually active from 30th day of my cycle. Could i be pregnant? i did the home test and found to be negative.

Kelechi

Considering the date you were sexually active, it is likely that you are not pregnant. 7 days delay is not enough for you to conclude, you need to wait for 10-12days before conclusion. However, the test is necessary.

Daphne

Hi, I'm 38 years old and suspect that I'm pregnant 'coz I'm a week delayed.My LMP was 02/13/10 and I was waiting for my next period to arrive on 03/15/10 but it didn't. I'm afraid to do home PT because several years ago, I was a month delayed and my period came when I was about to do home PT and felt depressed. I feel weak lately and not much of an appetite for breakfast and looking for food that would satisfy me. In case, this would be my first pregnancy after 9 years of marriage.

magetu

i had a miscarriage after 3months of my first pregnancy on the 26th of Jan.2009.I stopped bleeding by the 10th of February and i realized that i was pregnant again, but unfortunately, on the 26th of may i started bleeding and feeling some pains in my abdomen. I am so scared i don't want to have a miscarriage again. Please help me out i don't know what to do. Ameera Setapak

Amito Sheilla

i was wondering wat causes none stop bleeding during and after giving birth.

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