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 😉
Second-Trimester Pregnancy Essentials
These are a few pregnancy essentials that have really helped me to get through my second trimester.
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 very 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 in 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.
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 be 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.
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 lives 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 speedy lunch-time treatments.
What other mamas found essential
Jenna from And Then There Were Three 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘Flip flops! I couldn’t fit my feet into anything else!’
Kate from The Mum Conundrum seconded my suggestion of Netflix, saying ‘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?
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