Hooray! You’re through the first trimester of pregnancy. Things are moving along now and you’re starting to get that cute baby bump. Here’s our next checklist, full of second trimester tips.
Second Trimester Pregnancy Checklist:
Stay in Touch with Your Provider: Your OB/GYN or midwife can indicate if you need any additional tests during pregnancy or if you have any risk factors to keep an eye on. Be fully informed on every test and procedure.
- Moisturize: Keep your growing belly moisturized with a high quality product like Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil. Keeping your skin hydrated helps you reduce the itchy feeling of your growing belly. Worried about stretch marks? Some women don’t get stretch marks at all and those that do are prone to them genetically. Lotions can help, but the only thing that can really minimize them is not gaining too much weight too fast.
- Decide on a Gender Reveal: Are you going to find out the sex of your baby? This trimester is the time you can find out! If you do NOT want to find out, be sure to tell your provider and the ultrasound tech to keep the secret so they don’t let it slip or give clues during your appointment.
- Research Maternity Leave: Dig out your employee handbook and find out what your maternity leave policy is like. When you are ready, announce your pregnancy to your employer and begin planning for your maternity leave.
- Be an Adult: When the baby comes, your life is going to change. Take advantage of pre-baby time by scheduling a “babymoon” getaway with your partner, going out for a late movie, or enjoying other things that you won’t be able to do with a newborn.
- Be Gentle with Yourself: Heather from TX says, “Don’t beat yourself up if you’re functioning differently: less endurance, lower libido, difficulty doing certain tasks. This applies during ALL trimesters.”
- Keep Eating and Drinking Water: You need extra calories in pregnancy, and morning sickness usually subsides by the second trimester so you can start eating normally again. And remember to stay hydrated! Keep in touch with your care provider to monitor your hydration and nutrition.
- Develop Your Birth Plan: Working with your OB/GYN, midwife, or doula, develop your birth plan. Are you planning to birth in a hospital, in a birth center, or at home? Do you have a backup plan? Have you toured hospitals and birth centers to choose the right one for you?
What advice can you add?
What’s your number one piece of advice for mamas-to-be in their second trimester?
Stay tuned for our checklist on the third trimester, coming soon! And review the first trimester checklist if you missed it.