What To Do During Your Second Trimester
September 2, 2015
Welcome to your 14th week of pregnancy! You have officially made it into your second trimester. For many this is considered “the feel good trimester” where your energy is back and you feel like yourself. And, the chances of miscarriage occurring drop significantly by 75% by the end of this week. Hopefully morning sickness symptoms start waning within the next two weeks as well.
So, what are some things you can do to take advantage of this trimester when you have energy and feel good?
Start prepping the baby’s nursery by clearing out either the room or the space where baby will be. That way you’ll have room to add baby’s things that you’ll start accumulating in the upcoming months.
Then, if you need to purchase big items for the nursery, including a crib, dresser, changing station, and/or bedding, we recommend to start researching and buying now.
If you have the go-ahead from your doctor, continue or start exercising again. If you worked out a lot (at least 3-5 times a week) before getting pregnant, you most likely will be okay to pick up where you left off. However, if you feel like you need to be cautious right now with exercise, don’t worry… walking is a great alternative! We also love Cardio Barre, Pilates, and Yoga (just inform your instructor that you are pregnant to avoid any movements that you aren’t supposed to do right now). And, there are a TON of Pregnancy Workout Pins on Pinterest to help you get started.
Now is also a great time to get your diet back on track. If you’ve suffered from morning sickness, your symptoms should subside soon. Start adding veggies, lean proteins, and healthy starches back into your diet. Don’t forget to take your prenatal vitamins too!
Besides your OBGYN check-ups, what other appointments do you want to schedule before your baby comes? Hair, dentist, dermatologist, eye doctor- think about all of the check-up type appointments you’d like to get to before you have a newborn and schedule them.
Are you and your spouse interested in taking childbirth classes? If so, sign up now. I took a Labor and Delivery class with my husband in my third trimester. The class was held on a Saturday at the hospital we were delivering at. Then, I took a breastfeeding class also at the hospital. Both classes were really informative and helpful.
Taking maternity leave? Make sure you are aware of what your company’s policy is and how much time you’ll be able to take off. Then, make sure you coordinate dates with your management and HR team.
If this is your first baby, register for baby gifts. Have a good friend that just had a baby? Take them with you to register, as they’ll most likely know exactly what products are a MUST for newborn and baby care. Try and register at two stores, so when you have a baby shower thrown for you, guests will have more options on getting exactly what you want.
What other to-dos would you add to this list?
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