Second-Trimester Pregnancy essentials

I’m still shocked that I’m now 28 weeks pregnant (this pregnancy is seriously flying by at the moment!) and am finally entering the third trimester. Back at 16 weeks I shared this post on my first trimester must-haves and pregnancy essentials and so I figured I’d do an updated one for the second trimester.

In that post I said that the first trimester was hard – little did I know that my second would be just as tough! I honestly was just waiting for that second trimester ‘glow’ to kick in but I definitely didn’t get that, and still haven’t!

Actually I spent most of my second trimester still handling all day sickness (it started easing off two weeks ago), and feeling horrendous because of it.

I distinctly remember it being a lot more fun the first time round when I was expecting Lily ha!

Now if I could only shift this monstrous flu I have at the moment maybe I could go into my third trimester with a little time to glow before all the extra weight (and waiting!) knock it out of me πŸ˜‰

Second-Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

These are a few pregnancy essentials that have really helped me to get through my second trimester.

Second Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

1. Support Pillow 2. Mug 3. Leg & Foot Cream 4. Comfortable flats 5. Netflix 6. The Hypnobirthing BookΒ 7. Gaviscon double action 8. Pampering

Comfort

Ok so pregnant women get a pretty rubbish deal when it comes to sleep anyway. I’m up several times during the night to pee/ walk around to ease my restless legs/ get a drink etc.

Apparently its your body’s way of preparing you for no sleep once the baby is here. I mean whatever the reason I could do without it!

The one thing that has definitely helped me get an easier night’s sleep despite all of those things has been a pregnancy pillow. I bought a cheap one from Lidl but really thinking I need to upgrade to this one by Dreamgenii as it looks so comfortable and supportive.

Practical, flat, comfortable shoes are definite pregnancy essentials in my book. I look at women who wear high heels throughout their pregnancy and honestly don’t understand it at all.

I’m not one for wearing heels most of the time anyway to be fair but anything that increases my risk of falling over/being uncomfortable is definitely out!

I love the look of these comfortable ballet pumps from Clarks. Clarks are known for their comfortable shoes but I also love the spring-like colour and the style. They look comfortable and easy to wear without being granny-like!

Knowledge as a Pregnancy Essential

It might seem a little weird to list ‘knowledge’ as a pregnancy essential but bare with me. I feel so much happier when I KNOW what is going on with my mind and body and health.

Being knowledgeable helps you to feel in control of what is pretty much a situation you have veryΒ little actual control over.

I’ve had quite a lot of complications this pregnancy but I always feel so much better about them when I understand the meanings behind the medical terminology, their effects and what those terms actually mean for myself and for baby.

I have also been looking into hypnobirthing, and will share that in more detail later on, but it’s definitely a way I feel would really help me to feel like I’m inΒ a bit more control of labour and my experience with giving birth.

The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves has been amazing – it lays everything out in easy to understand sections, explaining the science behind the theory, and making me feel so much more confident about what is coming ahead.

Body

Having knowledge, as I mentioned above, definitely helps ease my mind during pregnancy. It’s also important to ease your body too!

Our bodies go through a lot of strain during the second trimester – if you are lucky you are getting that ‘glow’, but alongside it you might be putting on a lot of weight, having sore and aching muscles and just generally feeling tired!

That’s all perfectly normal but a few choice products can really help.

A friend picked me up some of this Burt’s Bees Leg & Foot Cream. I love Burt’s products and this one is no exception.

It provides a real relief to the tired and sore muscles in my legs and is the perfect pick-me-up after a long day at work and a rubbish commute,

Gaviscon seems to beΒ my drink of choice throughout this pregnancy – I’m still getting heartburn and the Gaviscon double action liquid in mint flavour is the only thing that helps relieve it.

When I’m not drinking Gaviscon I’m relying heavily on herbal teas. I love peppermint, cinnamon and citrus flavour teas at the moment – especially as I’m not drinking coffee anymore.

In a few weeks I will switch over to drinking raspberry leaf tea too. Of course tea goes down so much better when you have a pretty mug to sip it from!

At work I have a Cath Kidston one and am hoping that my husband Scott picks me up this Emma Bridgewater one for at home.

Mind

Netflix and Chill…. No I don’t mean that (unless of course you’re feeling it!). All I want to do when I get home from work at the moment is chuck on my comfiest clothes, pop on Netflix and relax.

Just putting something on in the background helps me to relax – even if I’m not really watching it!

A friend of mine had a baby recently and as part of her present I bought her a Netflix subscription – she’s since said that it’s saved her life during the long cluster feeds *so yeah like no biggie just saving livesΒ over here!*

And last but definitely not least – pampering is a definite second-trimester pregnancy essential.

Growing a baby is tough but can be made so much easier by something as simple as a massage or pedicure.

I swear by reflexology to help me relax (and luckily one of my friends is a reflexologist!) but also love any kind of treatment that helps me to switch off for half an hour or more. Some places even offer speedyΒ lunch-time treatments.

What other mamas found essential

Jenna from And Then There Were ThreeΒ suggested a bump band which really helped her with support.

Deb from Country Heart & Home swore by the Snoozle. She had really bad SPD and this helped her to turn over during the night and ease sitting to standing during the day etc.

Ross from Isablog recommends β€˜A helpful husband or partner who’s willing to be a butler for quite some time’ *Can’t say I disagree with that one ha!*

On a similar note Gee of Gee Gardner suggested palmers tummy butter and someone willing to give foot massages

Siobhan from The Baby Boat Diaries listed out β€˜A bath! I don’t think I could cope being pregnant without my bath. Also perineum massage oil to keep that perineum moisturised! Annnnnnnd an exercise ball! There are some great exercises that can be done to relieve aches and pains!’

Hayley from Land of Lawson recommends a lavender diffuser – that’s definitely something that I love having around the house too; it’s so calming and helps with sleep!

Pip from Pip Milburn says β€˜Flip flops! I couldn’t fit my feet into anything else!’

Kate from The Mum Conundrum seconded my suggestion of Netflix, saying β€˜Netflix!!! Especially when you’re heavily pregnant and super tired… Nothing better than being able to curl up on the sofa and binge watch your fave box sets. Let’s face it – you’re not going to be going out partying, and you’ll need entertainment!”

Hope you find these suggestions useful – what were your second trimester essentials?

Alex

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19 Comments

  • Reply Sim @ Sims life March 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Make sure you start stockpiling sleep now πŸ™‚ Some wonderful essentials ideas πŸ™‚ Not long now! Sim x

  • Reply Sara @ Magical Mama Blog March 22, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Netflix and my Cozy Bump so I could lay on my tummy and give my back a rest!
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  • Reply Laura March 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Those pillows are an absolute necessity in my opinion x And I love what you said about knowledge – understanding what’s going on can bring a lot of comfort x

    • Reply bettertogetherhome March 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Laura – it definitely helps me!

  • Reply Ger ( It's Me & Ethan ) March 22, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Great essentials ! Sadly you can’t stock up on sleep but I wouldn’t rule trying to ,out !
    It’s really the most beautiful part of pregnancy,I think ! X

  • Reply Sonia Cave March 22, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    These are all great suggestions. With my second pregnancy (twins) shoes I could get on and off without bending down as well as being comfy were my priority!

  • Reply Beth @ BethinaBox.com March 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Great suggestions! If anyone asks me for recommendations, I’ll send them to your post! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Laura Dove March 22, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Netflix is definitely a pregnancy essential, it got me through the long nights of insomnia or the days I had to rest on the couch!

  • Reply Cath - BattleMum March 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    I bought a Dreamgenii and hated it. I just couldn’t get on with it. A good old pillow did the trick for me. And the hypnobirthing book is great. We did a course and used hypnobirthing until we went to the hospital and I think I’d have been fine just with that had my husband not panicked and got us to the hospital when he did.

  • Reply Jenny March 23, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Love Burt’s Bees products! I too had all day sickness and my twins pressed on my bladder something shocking. Can sympathise!

  • Reply Emma March 23, 2018 at 8:37 am

    I developed horrid SPD in my second trimester when I was pregnant with my youngest. I never seem to have got that glow. I only discovered Burt’s Bees after I gave birth to my youngest, but I’ve heard so many wonderful things about them.

  • Reply Kat March 23, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I found my second pregnancy went super fast too. Glad the morning sickness has finally eased! I would agree with all of these essentials, especially the pregnancy pillow. For me, Rennies were my best friend! X

  • Reply Kara March 23, 2018 at 9:48 am

    i maternity pillow was a godsend when I was pregnant and it felt like i used to drink gaviscon by the bottle LOL

  • Reply Sophie's Nursery March 23, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I never got a pregnancy glow with either of mine haha! Glad you are starting to feel a little better. Netflix is a must for those long, sleepless nights & Gaviscon!! I spent the majority of my pregnancies in a warm bath – really helped the restless legs πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Stephanie March 23, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I loved my pillows when I was pregnant and had a support cushion like that. It comes everywhere with me!!!

  • Reply Michelle Kellogg March 25, 2018 at 1:07 am

    I really liked the body pillows that I used during both of my pregnancies. These are great ideas for getting through your second trimester:)

  • Reply Lucy Dorrington March 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I found it was always the final trimester that dragged the most. It didn’t help that both of mine were late!

  • Reply Mandi April 6, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I found Gaviscon a must to help with that heartburn – nice comfy flat shoes too!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome April 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      I’ve been drinking gaviscon as if it was water ha!

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