During the second trimester of pregnancy, your nausea tends to reduce, your belly becomes more noticeable and you begin to feel your baby moving. You may have three visits during second trimester preventive care. The second trimester screening focuses more on the development of the baby. Your doctor will measure the baby’s growth, listen to the baby’s heartbeat and assess the baby’s movements.
The second trimester is when you may have to take various tests and scans. Second trimester tests include blood tests to screen for blood count and iron levels, genetic or chromosomal conditions, gestational diabetes and other conditions as recommended by the doctor. Urine tests may also be conducted to test for infection. Your doctor may also conduct an ultrasound scan during the second trimester to evaluate fetal anatomy. If the results of blood test or ultrasound are a cause for concern, your doctor may recommend additional diagnostic tests.