After feeling exhausted for the previous 12 weeks, it is wonderful to enter the second trimester with a lovely burst of energy.
With this being my fourth baby, the baby bump was more noticeable at 13 weeks than in my previous pregnancies, but I was still small enough that it wasn’t obvious to the world. That being said, I was still in maternity pants by week 13. Ah, yes, comfy, stretchy, unattractive maternity pants! It’s so hard to cling to any sense of fashion during pregnancy, but it’s all worth it! It is such a joy to begin feeling the baby grow and kick and move, such an indescribable feeling. Here are my insights into the second trimester…
Eating, Growing, and Preparation!
1. Please don’t worry about your weight! I know it’s more easily said than done, but you can’t torture yourself about watching the scale go up! I can promise you two things…it’s supposed to happen and you can and will lose the baby weight. For example, I have always been a size 6/8, but after I had the twins I shrunk down to a size 2 without even noticing. I mean, I’m sure the fact that I was breast feeding the twins and had my hands full with three children expedited my weight loss, but still…If you’re not used to packing on the pounds, by the end of your pregnancy, you’ll be very much looking forward to losing weight and feeling healthy. So, as with all things, extremism is no good. Binge eating terrible food is never a good thing, but cave to some cravings and enjoy! (For me, the second trimester is usually a time of pasta, more pasta and sweets!!)
2. Invest in maternity pants as soon as possible. It’s better to be prepared for the day your pre-maternity pants don’t fit. It will be less traumatic! If you’re a working mom, invest in about 3-4 pairs of black maternity work pants. At 5’3”, I usually buy two pairs of petite pants for flats and two regular pairs for heels and boots. Then, I purchase 2 pairs of maternity jeans and some maternity leggings for comfy days around the house. Maternity tops and dresses you can pick up along the way, but the pants are critical. Take the time to try on different styles and make sure the fabric feels soft and stretchy. You’ll have to decide whether you like the pants that rest below the belly or stretch above. (The latter brings entirely new meaning to the term “high-waisted,” but I much prefer them. If you are a fan of Spanxx, you will probably like them as well as they hold you in and have a smoothing effect. I also think they are more supportive for your back as your tummy grows.)
3. Are you having a boy or a girl? As you look forward to your sonogram, be sure to decide with your spouse/partner ahead of time whether you’d like to know if you’re having a baby boy or girl. You’ve got to be on the same page by the time you’re in the sonogram room. Otherwise, you might not be able to relax and enjoy the first images of your new little love. It is such a surreal and precious experience. I remember when we attended our sonogram with the twins…we had no idea walking in that I was carrying twins. As soon as the sonogram technician pressed the wand on my tummy, two little babies appeared. We were in utter shock and it is a moment I will never forget. What a miracle! On that day and with our first child, we found out the sex of the babies. This time, however, we decided not to know. I have loved each experience. I will say, when we knew, it was much easier to plan for names and nursery themes. This time, it’s been much more challenging, but we are so excited to find out and meet our little mystery love this time around on delivery day. Both experiences have been thrilling in their own ways. Again, only you can decide what’s best for you.
4. Start planning for the nursery. You can never be too prepared when it comes to the nursery. Mostly because you can never gauge how you are going to feel come the third trimester. I always feel it’s best to at least have the room painted and furnished by the end of the second trimester. That way, you can enjoy decorating and outfitting the room for baby necessities that are much less overwhelming during the third trimester.
5. Prepare for baby essentials. If this is your first pregnancy, talk to other mommies you trust about their favorite baby items. You still have to decide what you like best, but it helps to talk to people with some experience with different car seats, swings, bedding, etc. Feel free to check out my post regarding my Top 5 Baby Must Haves for a bit of a framework. Don’t let registering for baby gear stress you out. If it becomes too overwhelming, just walk away and come back to it another day. Don’t worry, you will figure it all out and you’ll be a wonderful parent! We all figure it out as we go. ☺
Overall, this is a wonderful trimester. Enjoy your burst of energy and your cravings before your tummy gets too big to eat it all!