5 Top Tips for the Second Trimester
Hey y'all! I have made it through the second trimester and let me tell you, compared to the first, it has been a breeze! Check out my top tips to help get through and things to accomplish during the second trimester!
I have made it through my second trimester of pregnancy and a lot of things have happened. Number one, I feel one million times better than I did the first trimester! I hit a really big turning point around 20 weeks where I just felt better. Number two, COVID-19 has made this experience very different than I originally thought. Michael has missed out on seeing Magnolia in action at ultrasounds since March and the thought of a baby shower makes me sad due to not being able to have a traditional shower. We are persevering through as some other life changing things have happened, but we will get to those another time.
Without further ado, here are my top five tips for the second trimester.
DON’T STOP MOVING
I don’t know if it was my laziness or the weather being hot one minute and pouring down rain the next, but I didn’t get up and move as much as I should have. Let me tell you, I have been paying for it. I have let myself get out of shape and moving became a task, a painful task. Michael decided to be the drill Sargent of making sure I go for a walk a few times a week and I could not be more grateful. It may take me 24 minutes and 56 seconds to walk a mile these days, but the important thing is to keep moving. Learn from my mistakes and never stop moving.
Do Your Research
The second trimester might be too soon for some to begin “nesting,” preparing a space for baby, but it is never too early to do your research. You can research breast pumps and all things breast feeding (check out the last blog post for some helpful tips from two of my mommy friends.) Research car seats, strollers, monitoring devices, and all things needed to go on your registry. There are a lot of things you can do to prep for baby without lifting a finger. I cannot nest right now even though I have the urge, so researching different baby items has really helped me feel prepared.
Complete Your Registries
While we are in a weird time where some don’t feel comfortable being in a face-to-face setting, like baby showers, people will still want to bless you with a gift. The second trimester is a good time to talk to your mom friends and complete your registry.
Pregnancy brain is FOR REAL!
I thought I had a tough time remembering things before I was pregnant, but nothing compares to the things I can’t remember these days. I’ve learned that when I make a decision or have a thought, I need to tell someone or write it down. I’ve been debating my daycare options and I distinctly remember making my decision, but I can’t remember what I decided! So now, I must go through the process of remaking the decision. Take my advice and WRITE STUFF DOWN!
Daycare, Daycare, Daycare
Spots fill up quick and infant spots can be few and far between so picking a daycare and getting your little one on the list is very crucial during this time.
Check out this Child Care Check List to help you make your decision.
At the end of the day, the second trimester has been a breeze compared to the first! If you have any advice for preparing for Magnolia’s arrival, send me an email! I would love to hear from you! Don’t forget to share this with your soon-to-be mommy friends!