Oh the second trimester, how lovely you were and how quickly you passed. When it comes to this trimester, I was a textbook preggo lady. The minute we said goodbye to the first three months, my nausea disappeared, I started enjoying food again, my fatigue was replaced by bouts of energy, my baby bump showed up … everything just got better.
Also, the riskiest part of the pregnancy was over so we could finally relax and share this amazing new with the world.
I didn’t really experience a lot of symptoms so I’ll just mention some that made an appearance, and let you know how I dealt with them. The rest of the post will be focused on how to get the most out of these couple of months.
This is the time when your tummy and boobies start growing so it’s important to find a nourishing body lotion that will help manage stretch marks. As I’ve mentioned previously, I personally loved Boolab body butter and Sapunoteka Almond body lotion.
I also know that you can get the Biobaza Mama anti-stretch mark cream in your DM pregnancy package (that you get for free as long as you have a DM active beauty card).
These are the months where you’ll most often notice skin changes. Some women are blessed with that amazing pregnancy glow, while others (me included) experience a second puberty. Personally I would recommend starting a good skin-care routine (if you don’t have one already) because it can be a life saver. While pregnant I discovered Skintegra products (I will be writing a detailed review on it soon), and it truly came through, especially paired with Foreo UFO masks.
Women will often get melasma spots, also known as skin hyperpigmentation. I had a few on my face and some on my arms, but I got rid of them easily with the Boolab body scrub, and Skintegras Tria Light face cream.
Other than that I had no other issues, at least until the very end of the second trimester (and the beginning of the third), where my hormones and some life situations really played with my emotional and mental health, marking a period of pretty awful anxiety. I will be writing about that in a separate post to stress the importance of such issues and give some tips and advice on how to handle them.
Now let’s talk about how to make sure you’re milking this trimester for all it’s worth (seeing as it’s usually the best one).
-If you have the option, try and take a vacation. It’s the easiest time to travel throughout your pregnancy, you have the most energy and you’ll be able to enjoy the experience the most.
-Try and carve out some time for your partner, organize date nights, etc. It’s gonna get harder and harder to do that in the future
-Find some kind of prenatal exercise class (or do prenatal exercises at home, there are a bunch of videos on YouTube). This really helps with handling the added pressure of your growing baby bump. I chose a prenatal yoga class at Yoga Plejs and I absolutely loved it.
– Let your loved ones (and/or the world) know about your pregnancy (if you want to of course). This was something we were particularly looking forward to, especially since we just found out we were expecting a boy (it was too early to tell via ultrasound, but we had a Harmony blood test done), so we decided to share this photo on our social media, and the reactions were wonderful.
-Start a list of things you’re gonna need for your little bundle of joy. From furniture, clothing, cosmetics, etc. You don’t need to buy everything right away but it really helps to know what you need, when to grab something on sale and have a better idea on how to budget for a baby.
-Any changes, remodeling or work that needs to be done in your living space should be done around this time, as well as any big “spring” cleanings.
-Take a look if there are any courses or workshops you’re interested in (breastfeeding classes, birth planning, postpartum care, baby wearing, baby massages, dad’s workshops…) and if there are any I recommend going now. Most women attending will be close to full term but trust me, you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you do it at this time, cause the bigger you are the harder it gets and by the end of your pregnancy the pile of work that needs to be done tends to stack up.
We went to a bunch of workshops and I’m truly happy we did, we learned a lot, found out about doulas and hired our own that guided us through the pregnancy, birth and now through the postpartum period.
Other than that just try to enjoy this time when you can finally relax, be open about your pregnancy, and start bonding with that growing baby bump.