So here we are the second trimester! The Second Trimester of Pregnancy is defined as week 14 – week 27. Like I mentioned in my previous post – Pregnancy – Surviving the First Trimester, Your body is like the North …. it remembers. ( always geeking out on Game of Thrones ) You might have already popped out more than you did with your first pregnancy. And these symptoms you are having are different the second and third time around. I’m sharing some of my tips for Pregnancy – Tips for Surviving Your Second Trimester
I’ve been extremely exhausted and have to take an afternoon nap or my bedtime gets pushed to 8:30 pm which basically is the kid’s bedtime and I get no time to myself or any work done. My legs have been cramping throughout my pregnancy and have only been getting worse as the weeks roll on. I’ve also been pretty emotional and if you are feeling this way, speak to your doctor or lean on your friends if you are not getting your emotional needs met by your family.
Here are a few tips to help you Survive your Second Trimester of Pregnancy.
- Drink lots of water. Yes, I said this for the first trimester but you have to keep it going for the second and third. The water really helps with muscle cramps and comfort. I have had a hard time drinking regular water so I’ve been making lime water – cut up a lime and squeeze into a water glass.
- Purchase a belly band to support your growing belly. Some days I feel like my belly is going to fall out from under me and a belly band really comes in handy.
- Up your calcium intake. I can’t stand the taste or smell of milk but I love yogurt. I’ve been having Trader Joes Vanilla Greek Yogurt with a Gluten-free Vanilla, Blueberry, and almond granola. It’s my go to all the time.
- Eat small meals throughout the day. I feel like there is just no space in my belly for food, but I’m hungry all the time. My go-to meal has been – Tomatoes, red onions, and anchovies with a little bit of oil and salt. I don’t get any fresh breath awards but all my cravings and hunger needs have been met.
- Get a massage. I have YET to do this. A prenatal massage or even reflexology can make a huge difference in the way you feel, your mood, and your overall comfort level.
- Start creating your maternity wardrobe. I’ve been having a hard time finding maternity clothes that fit my style and fit my frame, so with the exception of a couple maternity pieces, i’ve been costing on regular clothing and it’s saved me some money for sure! LEggings and sweaters and long sweaters have been my go to this season. Don’t go overboard with spending too much on a full wardrobe, just grab a couple key pieces and take it easy!