Last month we looked at what to expect during the first trimester, which is one of the notoriously difficult phases of pregnancy. Each trimester is different, and each phase brings new excitements and sometimes new challenges. The good news is that the second trimester is considered to be the easiest, during which time you’ll find yourself full of energy and feeling positive.
Make the most of your energy and prep for your new arrival, to make your third trimester that little bit more relaxing. Here are 8 things to do in your second trimester…
1. Join a prenatal exercise class
While you’ve got lots of energy, now is the perfect time to start regular, pregnancy-friendly workouts. This is the ideal way to introduce exercise into your pregnancy, which will be great for both you and the baby. In addition, classes will help you build your support group, providing an opportunity to meet like-minded mums-to-be.
2. Shop for maternity clothes
Your bump will be just about starting to show. Now is a great time to stock up on some maternity clothes that will see you right through your second and third trimester.
3. Shop for baby kit
The second trimester is a great time to get lots done while you’ve got lots of energy. Shrink your to-do list for the third trimester by stocking up on baby clothes and kit now.
3. Read up
When you’re not exercising or shopping, try sitting down with a baby book to help you prepare for your new arrival. While you’ll be full of energy, it’s still important to take some time to relax.
4. Create your baby name list
Whether you’re yet to start your baby name list, or you need to narrow it down, now is the perfect time to start being a bit pickier about the names that make it on the list. Use the Namey app to discover thousands of names, save your favourites and share with friends and family to help you whittle it down to just a few options.
5. Care for your skin
As your bump starts to grow your skin will start to stretch. Reduce the risk of stretch marks by applying a natural and high absorbent oil like rosehip, camellia seed or apricot kernel oil to your tummy morning and night.
6. Meet friends
By your third trimester you might feel too tired or just not in the mood to pop out and see friends, but keeping a strong support system around during pregnancy is important. While you’re still in the mood for socialising, meet up with friends as much as possible, for a cup of tea, lunch or even a brisk walk.
7. Decide whether you want to find out the gender
You might already feel strongly for or against finding out the gender of your baby, but if you’re on the fence now is the time to make your mind up. Ideally decide before you start shopping for clothes to make the whole process easy and enjoyable. If you’re struggling to decide whether you want to find out or not, try making a list of pros and cons.
8. Decorate the nursery
This is one of the most exciting things to do during your second trimester and really helps you start to nest. Get your partner, family or friends to help you out and enjoy getting creative with the décor of your nursery.
Enjoy your second trimester and make the most of your increased energy levels before the third trimester begins.
If you are finding it tricky to come up with baby names that you like, or you’d just like a handy way to search and save baby names, try the Namey app, where you can curate lists to share with your friends and family. Download Namey from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.