Pregnancy Survival Guide The Second Trimester
Welcome to your Second Trimester, or as my GP likes to call it, the "Cheery Phase". With morning sickness easing and your energy returning (slowly I may add) you can look forward to what most agree is a really enjoyable phase.
Click Here for The First Trimester Pregnancy Survival Guide
But let's be realistic, you are still growing a tiny human and so there are still plenty of ways you can be kinder to yourself.
Here are the Top 10 things that helped me survive my Second Trimester:
You’ve never experienced the joy of comfort until you are 5 months pregnant and discover maternity leggings for the first time. After months of squeezing into your old jeans, finally you can breathe again while feeling hugged by the over the bump variety. Special LOVE for the Maternity 2 pack from New Look for €19.99.
2. Body Oil
Yes! Everything you've heard is true - you NEED body oil in your life. Admittedly it's unlikely to prevent stretch marks completely, but it will certainly help your skin feel nourished, more flexible and ready to grow with your bump. PLUS! You can introduce it into every aspect of your routine. I would be lost without the L'Occitane Shower Oil, a complete luxury but worth every single penny. Trust the magical powers of Bio Oil which is perfect for your bump, boobs and everything in between. And special mention for the multi-tasker, Coconut Oil. Works on dry skin, dry hair, dry cuticles, dry frying pans... dry salads. You need oil in your life.
3. Porridge Bread
With the nausea easing, you are like a bear coming out of hibernation seeking FOOD and by food I mean carbs. Porridge bread is filling, tasty and full of fibre, calcium and slow release energy so you can fill up without filling out too much. It's perfect for lunch with some soup, as a 3pm slump pick you up or as a midnight snack with your choice of sweet jam or savoury cheddar. It's also incredibly easy to make and you'll feel like the perfect mom-to-be when the delicious smell of bread baking fills your kitchen. Follow the Flahavan's recipe here.
4. A Holiday!
For the last couple of months you have felt rubbish and had no interest in travelling too far from your own bed. And by the time you hit your third trimester you’re likely to experience classic nesting, prepping, hospital appointmenting etc - plus past 28 weeks, some airlines advise against pregnant flying. So, if you are hoping to get away, the 2nd Trimester is the perfect time to do so! Enjoy the remedy of sun on your bones, endless naps and time with your partner before the madness begins.
5. Bra extension clips
Some may have already experienced the seemingly endless expansion of their boobs by now, but how your body changes in T2 can be impressive plus a little inconvenient. Buy yourself some time with bra strap extension clips. They'll help you get some longevity out of any recent purchases and limit the need of having to open your bra at your desk so that you can breathe… yup.
After 20 weeks you may feel a drop in energy. Don’t worry baby’s growth bursts are really kicking in and your body has done an amazing job building your little one. Make sure you are taking pregnancy health supplements so that you look after you! I've been taking Pregnacare daily since I saw the little blue lines appear and I owe it to them for how healthy and well I've felt throughout.
7. Glow Baby Glow!
The pregnancy glow is not a rumour or Old Wives Tale. Trust me, there will come a time where you will be beaming from ear to ear and glowing from within. But as every woman knows, there is no harm in giving Mother Nature a helping hand with good skincare and cosmetics.
Stay radiant with the award-winning Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish day and night, it'll leave your skin feeling refreshingly clean, soft and lightly exfoliated. Follow up at night with the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate with 99% natural ingredients. With it's relaxing Lavender scent you'll get a great night's sleep and wake up radiant.
Add some light lumination to your everyday makeup routine with these glow wonders:
8. Asos Maternity Wear
Growing bored of the same high street and online shopping brands? Hit your 2nd trimester and say hello to an area of Asos you probably haven't explored before... the Maternity Wear Section!! And because you are still figuring out what fits your new body shape, you have the perfect excuse to fill that basket high and order an Asos Haul of your dreams - safe in the knowledge that you can just easily return what doesn't quite fit.
One Tip: If you wouldn't wear it while not pregnant, don't buy it now!
Find clothes that suit your personal style but that also fit your bump and you'll feel much more confident throughout your pregnancy.
Every pregnant woman loves to see her bump grow, especially in the second trimester when you really begin to pop. But with this added weight from bump to bloat, you may begin to feel a little heavy and sluggish.
The best cure is to get swimming. Not only will you feel light as a feather in the water, you'll safely tone your arms, legs, back and core. You'll feel refreshed, invigorated and fit while pumping tonnes of oxygen to baby.
10. Your 20 Week Scan
There is NOTHING in this world that makes it all worthwhile than seeing your healthy baby at the 20-week scan. After months of nerves, nausea and no control, your body will be flooded with maternal hormones when you see your baby and hear that all is well. You will feel more love than you ever thought possible.