The second trimester of pregnancy is often the easiest, but I still find certain products and habits make it even smoother. Here are my top ten for the second trimester!
My second trimester for our sixth baby officially ended two or three weeks ago. It was a total blur!
As is pretty typical, I found the second trimester of this pregnancy to be easier than the first. I had no nausea (so long as I avoided Chipotle, which is crazy), and my energy is up a bit, though definitely not to pre-pregnancy levels. For me, that’s all normal.
Many of the must-haves that I relied on during my first trimester continued to be very helpful during the second. However, some new ones tend to become more important for me after those first 12 weeks or so, and this pregnancy has been no different.
Since you already know my 10 must-haves for a healthy, happy first trimester, today I’m sharing what I need for the second trimester of pregnancy!
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Must-Haves for a Healthy, Happy Second Trimester
As the body produces more relaxin, the hormone that allows for greater joint mobility (important for birth!), sciatic and low back pain becomes an issue for many pregnant women, myself included.
Along with the hormone, bellies start popping more during the second trimester, throwing off posture and aggravating the whole musculoskeletal area of the back.
I’ve found chiropractic care to be one of the best solutions for this common problem. Regular adjustments help prevent low back pain, and when some does flare up, I find so much relief from an additional visit. Chiropractic care can also help prevent headaches, which many pregnant women are prone to experience.
Herbal Pregnancy Tea
I still love my Herbal Pregnancy Tea Blend! I drink about 1 quart of it a day, now enjoyed hot since cooler weather has set in. This blend provides beneficial nutrients, promotes better hydration, and helps tone the uterine muscles. It’s a must-have for sure!
Milk Thistle & Astragalus Extract
Another supplement I continue to faithfully take is an extract of milk thistle (a liver support) and astragalus (an adaptogen). Liver function can become a bit sluggish during pregnancy, making a liver supportive herb beneficial. Adaptogens help our bodies deal with stress, and with five other children in the house to care for, I’ll take all of that I can get!
Natural Calm Calcium-Magnesium Supplement
I also still love using Natural Calm’s Calcium-Magnesium supplement. Many people are finding relief from various issues by using topical magnesium creams and lotions, and while I benefited from those before pregnancy, I feel much better taking this internal supplement now.
I rarely have muscle cramps, heartburn, or headaches when faithfully taking this, and I sleep well, too. When I forget taking it for a while, I quickly notice!
I will confess that once homeschool started up for the year again, my Fit2B workouts became rather inconsistent. Then, right as I was getting back into it, our girls got pretty sick for the whole month of October.
But, even though I didn’t do nearly as many videos during the second trimester, because I had faithfully worked out with Fit2B for many months before, I still benefited from the results!
I’m carrying higher and smaller this pregnancy than any of my previous ones. My belly muscles are doing their job by holding everything in, which leads to less back pain, better posture, and overall more comfort. I’ve never had so many people tell me how small my belly looks during a pregnancy before, but I know it’s all because of Fit2B getting my tummy muscles back into good condition.
Can I just say again how much I love this fitness program?!?
Pregnant women need protein like a body builder does, because, well, we are body builders! We’re just not building our bodies, though. We’re building someone else’s!
I try to eat some protein with every single meal and snack. I’m not always successful, especially during busy homeschool days, but protein is something I always try to keep in mind.
Along with being necessary for building the baby’s body, sufficient protein (80-100 grams a day) can reduce the risk of preeclampsia later in pregnancy. It’s really a vital nutrient at this stage of life!
Maxi skirts are my new best clothing friend. They have those delightfully comfy wide waist bands, and I don’t even have to find special maternity maxi skirts, either. I go up a size or so with regular maxi skirts, and I get to enjoy a stylish skirt that is so comfy it almost feels like PJs. I love these things.
A Quality Prenatal Vitamin
Along with my pregnancy tea, herbal extract, and calcium-magnesium blend, I do take a quality prenatal vitamin daily. If I ever knew my diet isn’t ideal, it’s now that I’m sometimes so wrapped up in life that I forget to eat lunch until later in the afternoon. (Bad, I know).
Vitamins don’t take the place of a good diet, but they do fill in some nutritional gaps. They also don’t provide the three necessary macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and protein), but they do boost vitamin and mineral intake for the day. I typically take Rainbow Light brand, though I also had great results with New Chapter brand.
A Good Belly Butter
As the belly grows, the skin can start to feel dry, tight, and itchy. That can be avoided by just washing with water, but a good belly butter is also a very soothing solution! There is some evidence that they can help prevent or reduce stretch marks, too.
More Water and More Snacks
Water and snacks. You just can’t go wrong when you’re pregnant!
It’s common for appetites to increase during the second trimester, making snacks an important part of the diet. Of course, whole foods are best to snack on so that those little in between meals actually provide that growing baby with real nutrition.
I typically munch on fruit or veggies with cheese or nuts for a snack, and I try to keep a water glass near me as a reminder to stay hydrated.