15 Pieces of Pregnancy Advice for 1st Time Moms in their Second Trimester
Morning sickness usually decreases or stops, energy levels rise, and you get to see your baby grow!
However, the second trimester isn’t without its challenges.
Getting enough restful sleep can be more difficult as your belly grows. And making decisions like where to have the baby, whether or not to reveal the gender, and finding a birthing class that fits into both you and your husband’s schedules can all be tough things during the second trimester.
But with these 15 tips, you can keep yourself and your baby healthy as well as make the most out of this trimester!
1) If you still have morning sickness in your second trimester, try these remedies:
– Freezing Gatorade into ice cubes that you can suck on when nothing sounds good
– Drinking ginger-root tea
– Chewing peppermint gum or try peppermint candies
Click this link to read, 10 Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness!
2) Get plenty of sleep.
Sleep is so important for your health. It also reduces stress levels which is important for your baby’s health.
And researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have recently found that poor quality and quantity of sleep during a woman’s pregnancy can create complications at birth, such as low birth weight and pre-term births.
Mainly this is contributed to poor sleep schedules disrupting normal immune system function.
Doing regular yoga during your pregnancy has many benefits! Besides strengthening your body for birth, yoga also has shown to help expecting mothers experience better sleep, fewer headaches, decreased back pain, and more!
I recommend you read these articles for more information on prenatal yoga:
4) If you haven’t yet, start buying maternity clothes.
Your body will begin changing more rapidly as you go through your second trimester as well as your third. So now is the time to begin investing in some maternity clothes.
You can shop at many stores including:
5) Make the gender reveal a great memory.
If you and your husband have opted in to knowing the gender of your baby and want to share it with your family and friends, doing a gender reveal can be a wonderful memory.
Some couples open a box filled with balloons that are either blue or pink. Others have a cake made where the inside is blue or pink so when everyone takes a bite, they find out the gender.
There are tons of great ideas that you and your husband could pick from. Using Pinterest or Google is a great place to start. Search for “Gender Reveal Ideas” or “Baby Gender Reveal”.
6) Shop baby sales once in a while (after you know the sex of your baby) to save you time and money.
You don’t want to do this too often as you will get a lot of things at the baby shower.
But getting baby items that you and your baby will need while they are on sale will save you from paying full price later on.
You can shop the clearance section in baby stores, check upcoming sales at department stores, visit secondhand shops, or yard sales. Getting hand-me-downs from a friend is a great option for saving some money also.
7) If you haven’t yet, try to take a mini-vacation with your husband.
As I said in “14 Pieces of Pregnancy Advice for 1st Time Moms in their First Trimester”, taking a vacation becomes harder, although not impossible, once your little one has arrived. Taking some time to relax with your husband, may do both of you a lot of good.
A mini-vacation obviously doesn’t have to be extravagant nor does it need to be several weeks long. Taking a few days to get away from the stresses of everyday life may be all you need to feel rejuvenated.
8) Continue eating healthy!
Your baby really does eat what you eat. And eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is very important not only for your health, but for the health of your sweet baby.
Eating the right foods, and avoiding others, insures your baby is getting the necessary nutrients for growth and development.
As an expectant mother, you want to give your baby the best start. One of the best ways to do that is to eat a healthy diet.
9) Sign up for a birthing class that you and your husband will attend either later in your second trimester or sometime in your 3rd trimester.
Birthing classes usually fill up quickly, so you’ll want to be sure to register for one while you’re in your second trimester instead of waiting until your third.
Birthing classes and courses can help prepare your husband for what to expect during labor and delivery. It can also help you learn what to expect as well as techniques you can use to ease the pain of labor and birth.
There are several types of birthing classes. You can find more information on them, by clicking here and scrolling down to #14.
10) Take this time to decide where you’d like to give birth.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to give birth in a hospital. Many women go this route because of medication options and quicker access to emergency services.
However, in many cases, you can also choose to give birth in a birthing center or at home.
A birthing center is different from a hospital in several ways. It’s more of a homey feeling and care is usually provided by a midwife instead of an OB-GYN. However, the birthing center does collaborate with OB-GYNs and pediatricians, meaning they consult them when the need arises.
Basically a birthing center provides a more natural experience but also provides many services including “well-woman exams, preconception counseling, prenatal care, childbirth education, breastfeeding classes, postpartum care and support, and post-baby birth control.” 
Birthing centers may be freestanding or may be connected to or inside of a hospital.
And keep in mind, some insurance companies may not cover all the expenses if you don’t deliver your baby in a hospital. So check on your coverage before deciding if giving birth at home or a birthing center is right for you.
Having your baby at home may be a good option for you if you have a low-risk pregnancy, don’t like the idea of having little privacy and lack of options in the hospital, and would enjoy a more calming atmosphere.
Plus, midwives actually say that a “planned home birth for low-risk women with adequate prenatal care and a qualified attendant is as safe as a hospital birth.” 
If you plan to have a home birth, you need to:
– Have a low-risk pregnancy
– Have a physician or certified nurse-midwife attend
– Have transportation available in case a trip to the hospital is necessary
– And live within 30 miles of a hospital
Giving birth in a hospital is a good choice if you’re having a high-risk pregnancy, are scheduled for a c-section, and/or want easy access to pain meds.
As with all of these options, there are pros and cons to giving birth in a hospital:
– It’s the best option if you have a high-risk pregnancy
– Easy access to emergency equipment
– You’re near an operating room if the need for a c-section arises
– Easier access to pain relief
– More germs
– Less comfort
– May have to share a room with another mom after giving birth
– Less family friendly
– Fewer options as far as walking, eating, and family allowed in the room
– More separation time from your newborn
– In some cases, you won’t get as much help with breastfeeding your newborn as you would if you had your baby at a birthing center or with a midwife at home
It boils down to what location would make you and your husband feel more comfortable and whether you’re pregnancy is high-risk or not.
Don’t let anyone pressure you into delivering somewhere you don’t want to. After all, it’s your birth, not theirs.
11) Begin using a stretch mark cream. Check with your doctor to make sure the one you’re looking at is safe to use during pregnancy.
And don’t feel like you’re alone if you develop stretch marks. 90% of women get them after their 6th or 7th month of pregnancy. And even if you’re using a stretch mark cream, lotion, or oil, it’s no guarantee you won’t get stretch marks.
According to WebMD, “The best time to treat the marks is while they’re still in that reddish stage. Gels made with a mix of onion extract and hyaluronic acid may help. In one study, people using the gel said their marks faded after 12 weeks of daily use. Another option is a retinoid, which your dermatologist can prescribe…. (You can’t use a retinoid if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, though.)
Other in-office treatments include lasers that heat the skin. That boosts collagen growth and shrinks dilated blood vessels. It may take a number of sessions to see results, says Jeanine B. Downie, MD, a dermatologist in Montclair, NJ. Gentler processes such as dermabrasion can also help renew the skin, Downie says, but don’t expect a big change.” 
Here are a couple of stretch mark creams you can use after pregnancy:
12) You and your husband can begin singing, reading books, and listening to music with your baby.
When your baby is about 16 weeks old, he/she can start hearing things, including you and your husband! 🙂 And by the time you’re 24 weeks pregnant, your baby’s ears are fully developed.
If you are singing and talking to your baby regularly, after about 10 weeks, your baby will be able to recognize both you and your husband’s voices!
13) If you smoke, and haven’t quit yet, do it now.
I really can’t express how important it is to quit smoking before you’re pregnant. But if you didn’t, don’t think now it’s too late.
When you smoke during pregnancy all the toxic chemicals that you inhale get into your bloodstream, which is your baby’s ONLY source for nutrients and oxygen.
It’s true that damage has been done to both you and your baby if you’ve been smoking during your pregnancy. But even if you’re in your second trimester, quitting now will give your child more oxygen, lessen the chance of low birth weight and stillbirth, and will help your baby’s lungs develop.
To understand more about how smoking affects your unborn baby (including secondhand smoke) as well as older children, read these related articles:
14) Get outside.
Spending time outdoors has many benefits such as:
– Improving your health (which improves your baby’s health)
– Raising your body’s vitamin D levels
– Relieving feelings of depression and stress
– And increasing endorphins (your body’s natural pain killers)
15) Enjoy your second trimester!
Many moms feel it is the easiest and most fun. Generally, you’ll likely have more energy, feel sexier, experience less nausea, and begin to see your belly (and baby) grow and move. It’s an exciting time!
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