Every single woman is different. Also, every pregnancy can be different but I wanted to share my second trimester survival items in case they might help anyone else trying to get through the second trimester of pregnancy.
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I am a stomach sleeper. It is very difficult for me to sleep in any position besides completely on my stomach but a pregnancy pillow makes all the difference. This pillow keeps me from turning onto my front and I love having the support between my knees to help keep my hips parallel. The pillow is so comfy my husband and dog have tried to steal it multiple times.
For me, the nausea completely subsides by second trimester unless I don’t eat “on time”. Once I get overly hungry the nausea comes back full blast so I keep a purse full of snacks on me at all times. My on-the-go snacks include fruit snacks and granola bars.
You need a lot more water during pregnancy and I am terrible about drinking enough water. I have found that if I keep a water bottle near me I am much more likely to drink water. I prefer the water bottles with straws so I don’t have any accidents of spilling water all over my self.
Your breasts are going to get much bigger during pregnancy. If you have to buy new bras anyway why wouldn’t you just buy nursing bras?
I don’t like spending money on a ton of maternity clothing that I will only wear for a few months so during your second trimester the BellaBand can help you stay in your normal clothes longer. Tip: I wear mine upside down. I think this helps the band from rolling up or down.
Maternity leggings are a lifesaver, especially during a winter pregnancy. I probably wear my leggings multiple times a week to work because maternity nylons are not that awesome.
Go on date nights now because in a few months you will not want to go out at all. During third trimester you might be exhausted and achy, or in my case only fit into one pair of your shoes. Enjoy your free nights now while you still feel great.
If you have the time and can afford to do so go on a trip with your partner! It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy but take a trip before the baby comes because it might be some time until you have this kind of flexibility again.
I never have acne despite the fact that I never wash my face, unless I’m pregnant. At the very beginning of second trimester I always seem to get acne everywhere. Since I still am not a fan of washing my face, my compromise is to take off my makeup with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. The cloths are also great to travel with.
(Originally published October 7th, 2016)