Finally, you have spent three months successfully with your baby and this must be a great journey. This whole time, you had to be safe and take care of yourself. But this is just the beginning of another trimester when you have to take care of yourself even more than before.
Basically, in the second trimester, your baby’s body and the brain develops. So, to keep your baby healthy and sound, you have to follow a proper routine and bring a huge change to your regular life. Today we will know what you should exactly do in the second trimester.
Happy second trimester mama!
20 Ultimate Second Trimester To Do List
1. Visit your doctor
When you are crossing the 12 weeks, it’s time to visit a doctor. There are lots of things that need to be checked if you are well or not. At this time, the doctor checks the baby’s fetal rate, liquid quantity in the abdomen, etc.
If there is any problem, they will treat you, considering your health condition. So, this is a must-to-do to visit a doctor and get proper advice and medication.
2. Undergo second-trimester screening tests
During the second trimester, you need to go for ultrasonography one or two times. Ultrasonography is a must to know about the baby and your physical conditions in more detail. It helps to know about the fetal condition, length of the cervix, blood circulation of the baby, activity, growth rate, etc.
If there is any problem, you will get to know by this test. If the doctor suggests, you may need to go through some other tests as well.
3. Make a Birth Plan
You are finally in the mid-stage of pregnancy and this is the time when you should make a proper birth plan. You have very little time ahead and lots of things to do. A birth plan will help you to let your family members know about your wishes.
It includes the place where you want to give your childbirth, pain relief options, what position you would prefer to give birth, etc. When you are in the hospital with labour pain, it is quite impossible to describe all these things elaborately. So, write down all these things so that making decisions becomes easier.
4. Take a Childbirth Class
This is the perfect time for going to a childbirth class, especially if you are going to be for the first time. Childbirth class is super-effective for learning about labour, pain relief, breastfeeding, etc. You will get to know about how you should take care of yourself and also your baby from a childbirth class.
This is also very helpful for your partner to understand you and to be helpful in everything. So, make sure that you are taking a childbirth class. You will find lots of websites that are providing childbirth classes online. So, taking childbirth classes is easier than ever.
5. Make Space for Baby
Your newborn baby will be tiny. But there are lots of things that will come up and you will be crazy with those things if you are not pre-prepared. Making space in your house is crucial before your baby arrives. Most people think that they will do this after delivery or during the last pregnancy period. But this doesn’t happen at all.
People get too busy and excited with the baby and the new mom. They don’t get time to arrange the baby’s bed and also the place for keeping clothes. You can’t do this in the third trimester as well because of your big tummy. So, the perfect time for doing this stuff is the second trimester.
6. Create a Baby Budget
Having a baby is always expensive. It will cost more than you are thinking now. It starts with the hospital bills and never ends. In fact, a study says that the average cost of raising a baby is around $245,340!!! Primarily you don’t need this much money. But, yes. Planning for the baby will help you a lot to meet all your financial needs.
You can save money for the baby from now on. For a long term basis, you can issue education insurance so that you don’t need to face difficulties in future. Overall, there is nothing better than being financially secure before your baby arrives.
7. Get vaccinated against flu
Getting vaccines in the pregnancy period is very crucial. According to the WHO, there are no side effects of getting vaccines. In fact, it helps both the mother and baby to be safe.
Vaccines create special protein compounds named antibodies in the mom’s body that protects herself and also the baby from the attack of bacteria. These vaccines are given to moms from the fifth month of pregnancy. So you have to think of going to the hospital or your nearest health care centre in the second trimester of your pregnancy period.
8. Eat a balanced diet
Eating habits affect a lot of pregnant women. There are lots of problems that happen due to poor food habits, including heartburn, digestion problems, vomiting, etc. Moreover, this is the most crucial time for the baby’s development that starts from the pregnancy time to two years. So, you have no other option except maintaining a healthy balanced diet.
You have to ensure that the food you eat should have proper nutrition like protein, calcium, iron, etc. You should eat foods that have enough iron, like lentils, spinach, and red meat. Most importantly, drink lots of water.
9. Take pregnancy vitamins
Sometimes, only the foods can fulfil the vitamin demand in the mother’s body. To get enough vitamins in a short time, the best way is to have multivitamin complexes. These contain all the basic microelements and minerals a would-be-mom needs. But make sure that the vitamins you will have should be prescribed by the doctors. Only a doctor can suggest medication and suggest how long you should consume these medicines.
10. Stay physically active
It is proven that regular exercise keeps both the mother and baby healthy and sound. In fact, it prevents lots of complications that women face during labour. It also reduces the risk of C-Section. But you should not start working out unless your doctor or practitioner allows you to do it.
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If there are no complications in your pregnancy and the doctor allows it, you can do exercise regularly. You can try swimming, yoga, walking, fitball exercise, water aerobics, etc.
11. Start Stretch Mark Prevention
Taking care of yourself is crucial and this is why you should be conscious about the stretch mark. Well, stretch marks are the lines or streaks on your tummy that you will notice in the advanced pregnancy period. It will be horrible after the birth of your child if you aren’t aware of preventing it right now.
You won’t find anything magical to remove the scratches overnight. But you can use different natural ointments to remove these lines. You may notice these lines on your breast area and also the thighs and hips. But don’t worry about it. It happens to almost 50%-90% of women.
12. Try to sleep well
Sleeping plays a great role in keeping the mom’s health sound and reduces lots of complexities a woman experiences during the pregnancy period. Hormonal fluctuations, morning sickness, morning swing,m etc., are the common problems that a mother faces and insufficient sleeping are a great cause behind these problems.
You should go for the sleep of 7 hours to 10 hours at least at night. Besides, you should rest enough in the daytime as well whenever you feel tired.
13. Renew your wardrobe
You may be disheartened to know that you are not going to wear your new outfits for the next few months. All those dresses will be uncomfortable to wear and create different problems like slow down blood circulation.
So, renew your wardrobe and enjoy some shopping. You should buy maternity clothes that are comfortable to wear and also good for breastfeeding.
14. Spend more time with your family
If you have an older kid, it’s time you should spend with him. This happens very often that the older sibling gets jealous when the second one is coming. He feels the fear of losing affection and care that actually happens.
You are the one who can make him understand that he is going to have just another sibling and not going to lose anything. This will help him to be comfortable with the newborn quickly.
15. Avoid smoking and drinking
Smoking and drinking are strictly forbidden during pregnancy. You can’t even chew tobacco or even take a sip of whiskey. Smoking can harm fetal growth very badly and enhance the risk of premature birth, whether it is active or passive smoking. So you have to quit smoking and keep the bottle of wine aside. In fact, you should ask people around you to avoid smoking when you are around.
16. Avoid Too Much Coffee
Drinking coffee is very harmful to the baby. The caffeine can pass to the baby through the placenta and increase the baby’s heart rate. This can affect the baby’s normal growth. So avoid drinking coffee, if possible. If it is tough, try not to drink more than one or two cups of coffee in a day.
17. Wear Comfortable Shoes
Do you love to wear high heels? It’s time to keep those aside and put on some comfortable pairs. Wearing high heels for a long time causes serious back pains. It happens most with pregnant women. You should also avoid these shoes because you can feel down at any time and the consequences are horrible. Try to wear comfortable shoes that allow safe footsteps.
18. Find Out Baby’s Gender
This is a fun fact, actually. You can find out the gender of your baby at this time. You can find out the gender and arrange a small family party to reveal the gender. This would be great fun. But you have to discuss it with your partner.
There are many people who don’t want to do it. They prefer keeping this unveiled and get surprised after the baby is born. What you should do is completely up to you.
19. Let Yourself Rest and Travel
Well, the first trimester was quite tough as moving too much was completely forbidden. The second trimester is quite safer than before and your tummy is still not so big. So, you can live your life with lots of things that you love to do, travelling is one of them.
If you don’t have any complications and are completely fit, you can travel carefully while Pregnancy. But you must need the doctor’s clearance for that. If you have that, you can relax and plan for a potential climate change.
20. Avoid Lying on Your Back for a Long Time
In the second trimester, you should avoid lying on your back for a long time. At this time, the uterus gets quite big and it can pressurize on the spine and blood vessels.
This reduces the blood flow to your heart and it directly affects the baby. You should lie more on your left side. This is the safest way of lying down. You can also use a pillow to get support in your tummy.
Hey Mama, hopefully, you found the second trimester to do list that you should do during your pregnancy. Don’t overthink about these things. You are not supposed to do everything forcefully. You should do whatever makes you comfortable. I wish you all the best for your new life with a cute, small prince or maybe a princess!!