How to Enjoy the Second Trimester
Every woman I know who has been pregnant has told me that the second trimester is the best…and now that I’m into the third, I agree: it was, so far.
You’re not (too) giant (read: you’re still relatively comfortable), your first trimester woes have hopefully subsided, you’ve found out the gender (if you and your partner want to), and you’re starting to feel your little one move.
Pregnancy certainly isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, so here’s how to continue enjoying your pregnancy through the second trimester.
Especially if you’re a first-time Mom like me, your life is about to change in a big way in a few short months. I’m so glad my husband and I took a nice week-long babymoon to celebrate and have time as “just the two of us” before our son comes.
We’ve also taken plenty of other trips for weddings, to visit family, and my own for business. Traveling is still A-OK (as long as you’ve got the OB’s approval!) during the second trimester, so now’s the time to do it!
I can tell a big difference on the days when I’m more active versus when I’m not. Sure, I’m more tired if I go on a long walk or work out, but my body feels better. I don’t feel as bloated, and I feel like my “tighter” non-pregnant self.
That said, it’s important to listen to your body: some days, some gentle stretching may be all you need.
Start setting up the nursery
I’ve read a lot during my pregnancy and everyone has a different take on when you should set up the nursery. Personally? I think the second trimester is perfect.
Since you can’t help do quite as much (painting, moving furniture, deep cleaning with harsher chemicals, etc.), it feels good to help organize and put some basic furniture together while you’re still on the smaller side. (Those nesting hormones are for real!)
Ease aches and pains
The second trimester certainly isn’t without it’s aches and pains…your body is changing a ton, after all.
If you’re like me and have had some lovely symptoms like Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), things like ice (on yes, right on your hoo ha) and a belly band have been just the ticket. Also, listening to my body and avoiding stretches and exercises that will overextend my groin has been life changing.
No matter what symptoms you’re afflicted with, know that you can make yourself more comfortable and your body will help tell you what you need!
Ward off anxiety
My entire pregnancy, I’ve felt calm, cool, and collected…until right at the end of the second trimester. Whether the reality of motherhood is setting in or my hormones are getting a little crazy, there’s no way to know. What I do know is: there are plenty of great ways to deal with anxiety now so it doesn’t become a problem later.
Body scanning and other anxiety techniques like meditations are some I’ve been using for years and work well for me. Try a bunch and see what works for you. If you still sense anxiety, try talking to your doctor for recommendations or even something a little stronger that may help.
How are you/did you enjoy the second trimester? Tell me about it in the comments below!