Second trimester worries

Common worries in the second trimester of pregnancy

I'm four months pregnant and struggling with stress at work. What can I do?

Talk to your line manager about this. Be realistic about what your priorities are and learn to say no at work if you're being asked to do too much. Make sure you take regular breaks and cut down on household chores when you're at home.

Take time out from your anxieties to relax by practising deep breathing exercises, stretching or yoga. Reading a book, having a nap or going for a walk will all help to lower your stress levels. Also, stick to a healthy diet and try to avoid comfort eating.

Your partner may also be feeling anxious and worried about becoming a parent, so try talking together calmly about the issues you have. You can also see your doctor to discuss whether treatment would help.

Find out more about your mental wellbeing in pregnancy.

I don't smoke but my partner does. Should I tell him not to smoke in the house?

Other people’s smoke is a health hazard for you and your baby, before and after the birth. Because of this, it’s important to be very firm about insisting that your partner doesn’t smoke in the house or anywhere around you.

Explain that women who breathe in secondhand smoke are at risk of having a low birth-weight baby. Secondhand smoke also puts your baby at greater risk of birth defects and stillbirth.

Keeping your home free from smoke is important after the birth, to protect your baby from chest infections, glue ear and asthma. Do everything you can to make sure your new baby is not exposed to smoke. If your partner is finding it hard to quit, suggest they use nicotine gum or patches instead when they’re at home.

Find out more about the risks of smoking in pregnancy.

Is it safe to use complementary remedies during pregnancy?

Not all alternative or complementary remedies are safe for you to take now you’re pregnant. There is less information about these types of treatment than there is about conventional medicine in terms of how safe they are and how they work in pregnancy.

If you do decide to go ahead, always go to a qualified practitioner who is registered with their relevant organisation, as they will be trained to advise you on what's best to use during your pregnancy. You can find a qualified practitioner in your area through the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM).


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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2018 - 12:44

    Hi Annie
    Any abdominal pain, at any gestation of pregnancy should be reviewed by a midwife and obstetric doctor at your local hospital. If you haven't already done so, please do take yourself in to be reviewed to put your mind at ease.
    Please take good care of yourself- Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Annie smith (not verified) on 27 Dec 2017 - 04:24

    Hi I’m 14 weeks and when I sit down part of my belly hard but when I sand up it hard there no blood or anything I just need to make sure it ok

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