Welcome to the comfiest trimester of pregnancy, that is the second trimester. Although here, comfy does not mean that you won’t have any discomforting symptoms but compared to the first and third trimester, the second trimester is going to be the lightest and active one, also called honeymoon trimester.
The second trimester is from week 13 to the end of week 26. This trimester is also quite exciting because your energy levels bounce back, and you start feeling your little ones kick, you get to know your baby’s gender, and finally, you get a noticeable bump.
Before this feeling of activeness goes away. It is essential to get as much done as possible without overplaying it because soon, your energy levels and symptoms would change as you enter the third trimester. Also, in the third trimester, it is vital that you focus on resting more.
I hope you have done everything necessary from the first-trimester checklist, and now it is time to dive into the second-trimester to-do list.
Use what works best for you….
14 Things To-Do In Your Second Trimester
Announce Your Pregnancy
Second Trimester is the best time to announce your pregnancy. If you haven’t thought of any ideas on how to announce your pregnancy, then think of some creative ways to announce your pregnancy to your family and friends.
Also, if you are a working Mom, then make sure also to tell your employer so that everyone will be on the same page when it’s time for your maternity leave, etc. But don’t forget to do your research before breaking the news, so be up to date with your state’s laws regarding pregnancy protections and family and medical leave. You should also check your company’s policies, too.
Check Your Finances
Babies are expensive, no doubts! Although this financial planning should be done before you have conceived, it’s still a reminder that If you haven’t started your financial plan, then begin doing it now.
Understand your health insurance and anticipate your costs. Find out how much you’ll likely pay out-of-your-pockets and start saving towards it in your monthly budget.
Set up a dedicated savings account to help pay for the costs of having a child. Draft your pre-baby budget and also Plan your post-delivery budget. Also, don’t forget to check your emergency fund.
Consider Getting Help For First Month, At least!
After childbirth, a woman’s body needs a good rest, and with a newborn, you would hardly get any. And If you are a first-time mom then, your world is going to change in one night, While the baby was inside your body, you just had to manage your food and basics but now it now only you but your baby’s too, whom you will have to breastfeed quite often and to do a lot of other basic chores are going to be very very tiring because your life and everything is going to change after childbirth and postpartum depression is a real thing.
So the whole idea of telling you this is that consider getting some help to make it easier for both the parents. Of course, I understand not everyone can afford it, but if you can, then take help – part-time/ night-time/ full-time – nanny/ nurse/ caretaker, for the first month or months, later depending on what your budget allows.
If you are thinking of keeping any help, then definitely start interviewing and even choosing one this trimester!
Exercise Is A Must
I have mentioned this earlier, and I would repeat it that Prenatal Yoga is a great way to maintain a healthy mind and body. Joining prenatal yoga classes near you, or some suitable online prenatal yoga classes is also a good option.
Regular physical activity can help reduce your risk of pregnancy complications and ease pregnancy discomforts, like back pain. The right exercise will also help you prepare for a natural birth.
Try and Exercise for at least four days and do your walks. Stay active, and you should be doing enough to make you breathe deeply, but you shouldn’t have to gasp for breath.
Just avoid any activity or exercise that is overexertion and aggressive.
Start Your Registry
The second trimester is a good time to start creating your baby registry. It would increase the likelihood of receiving gifts that will be the most useful to you and limit unwanted or unnecessary items coming your way!
I like creating an Amazon baby registry
because you’ll have a HUGE selection of baby items and easy returns, and much more benefits, especially if you are a prime member.
Besides, it makes it quite easy for our friends and family because they are probably comfortable buying from Amazon.
As your bump grows, it will get challenging to get comfy in bed.
Getting a Pregnancy Pillow should be there on your second-trimester list. It will help you sleep better by providing support to your body.
The reason why you should be insisting on a pregnancy Pillow.
- Gives comfort to your aches & pains: As body weight increases during pregnancy, it puts stress and pressure on the back, hips, and legs. Pregnancy Pillows will provide support and comfort to these parts and ensure proper rest, relieving the aches and pain.
- Supports Sideways Sleep with proper blood circulation: It is recommended that a pregnant woman must sleep sideways, and it gets difficult to sleep on the side due to a growing belly. These Pillows allow you to sleep comfortably sideways, thereby easing up and promoting the circulation of blood in the body.
- After Delivery Use: A maternity pillow will be useful even after the baby’s birth as it will help you to put your baby in the right position during breastfeeding, for the baby to learn how to latch correctly.
Start Stretch Mark Prevention
As your belly grows, the middle layer of skin (dermis) becomes stretched and broken in places, and maybe even you will start to feel “itchy” as you move through your pregnancy.
Not that anything has been proven to prevent stretch marks, you will get them if you’re going to get them, but may as well take care of your skin!
So, now is the time you should start taking care by moisturizing your belly day and night, because if you don’t moisturize, then these might get worse.
You can try a belly butter , and you can even try and mix it with a few drops of Bio-Oil and spread it over my whole belly, sides, chest, everything. How moisturizing this product was for my bump, but be aware that it will not prevent stretch marks entirely, but keeping your bump moisturized will!
Go To The Dentist
Pregnancy gingivitis is real! Do keep good oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently (twice a day), floss, mouthwash, and limit your sugar intake. Also, start using anti-gingivitis toothpaste and Mouthwash.
This trimester is generally considered the best time to get to the dentist, so make sure to get there! It’s the ultimate form of self-care since too often we neglect our teeth!
Start Your Nursery
The second trimester is the perfect time to start thinking about and planning the nursery. However, you do not need to have your nursery done during this trimester. However, you can clear out the room you would want to convert it into the nursery and plan on how you want it to be.
You can probably create a board on Pinterest and start thinking about what you want to do in that room and also start thinking about how you plan to store and organize everything!
Take A Babymoon
Most women feel pretty good during this trimester, If you plan to take a vacation, then you must plan a relaxing trip during the second trimester, as it is an excellent time to take a babymoon.
You might start to feel stressed out in the coming months, and things would not be the same later once the baby arrives, it would be better, but not the same. So if your pocket allows, then you must plan a vacation.
Prenatal Or Lamaze Classes
You must also start to look out of prenatal classes. These days lots of hospitals offer a variety of prenatal classes, and then you may have other options locally as well, so talk with your doctor about their recommendations.
These classes build a mother’s confidence in her ability to give birth, which will help you understand how to cope with pain in ways that both facilitate labor and promote comfort, including relaxation techniques, movement, and massage.
Depending on the class, you may learn about your baby’s development, preterm labor, and variations in labor, breastfeeding, and infant safety, among other topics.
So if you are a first-time mom, then you must opt for prenatal classes, and the good thing about these classes is that since dads are also invited, in a way, it will prepare them as well for the delivery.
Buying Or Borrowing Maternity Clothesses
Most Women’s stop feeling comfortable in their old clothes during their second trimester. So consider adding a few maternity clothes in this trimester. Not that you have to start buying a bunch of maternity clothes. But start figuring out what you would want to buy and what you would do with them once your baby is born.
It’s a good thing. If you can check with your friends and family, if they have maternity clothes, you can borrow to keep the expenses down or opt for maternity clothes that can be used post-baby, while nursing. (these clothes are quite short-lived, so borrowing is a great option).
Even if you plan to buy, then buy fewer pieces and consider buying garments with a good stretch, which you can probably wear after baby as well, and because in your third trimester your size would change a lot, so everything that you buy would hardly last a couple of weeks.
So plan out thoroughly before you invest in your maternity clothes.
Consider Storing Stem Cells or Cord Tissues
You might have already heard about it, and if not, then now you have an option to bank your baby’s cord blood and tissue. Storing your child’s cord blood and cord tissue stem cells opens the range of opportunity to treat diseases in the future that can be used if the baby or either parent (and potentially a sibling).
Take recommendations from your hospital about the good bank options available for storing your baby cord tissues.
Take Weekly Bump Pics & Other Keepsakes
Keep up the weekly bump pics. You’ll love looking back at these and comparing your bump size as the weeks go by. As this amazing time is going to fly away quickly, and you are likely to forget a lot of it – So enjoy the fun part of being pregnant and document the journey and plan on putting everything together in a baby book in time.
Last but not the least – Have fun and enjoy your pregnancy!!
With all that long lists of things to do. Do not forget to take rest and eat healthy and nutritious food, because everything that you are doing is because you want to have a healthy baby. So take good care of yourself – eat good, rest well, exercise everyday and stay hydrated.