YOUR SECOND TRIMESTER CHECKLIST: 14 TO-DOs
Congratulations! You’ve crossed over to your second trimester. A great milestone! Now what?
Here is a second trimester checklist of 14 things you must do during this stage of your pregnancy. Are your pen and checklist ready? Let’s go. Number 1? Check!
1. GET ROLLING ON THE BABY NURSERY
You will find the second trimester a lot easier to grapple with than your first. You can work around tasks that need some mental effort, like planning a nursery. You do not, though, need to decorate or finish it up at this stage of your pregnancy. Thinking up a theme and coming up with décor ideas is good enough. Besides, it will help you know what to register for.
2. PLAN THE BABY SHOWER
If you are thinking of having a baby shower, then this is the right time to collab with the event planner. You should both carefully think through important details like the date, location, guest list, invitations, theme, etc. Make sure you are both on the same page.
3. PUT TOGETHER A BABY REGISTRY
If you are going to have a baby shower and nursery, you need to register for all the baby gear you will need. You have two options, though we prefer the second. First option; ask for advice on baby registry ideas from experienced moms. The second option; browse Amazon or other online shops and walk through baby aisles with your partner. Opt for shops that allow you to test out stuff like baby carriers. That way, you rest assured you are registering for the gear you like and will use.
Amazon has a feature on its site that helps you create a personalised baby registry.
4. GET SOME ESSENTIALS
You are transitioning into a parent, so it’s time to buy items that will make the task easy. Here is a list of must-haves we recommend:
- baby wrap or sling
- diaper caddy or bag
- diaper cream applicator
- reversible stroller
- formula dispenser
- baby monitor
- baby sleep sack or sleeping bag
- nursing pillow
- floor seat
- electric nail trimmer
- vibrating mattress pad
- foldable baby bathtub
- bathtub divider
- food processor
- lactation massager
- diaper genie
- Project Nursery Alexa Speaker
- bottle warmer
- bottle holder
- diaper changing pad or station
- smart baby crib
- teething mitten
- bottle ball
5. PLAN YOUR PRENATAL CLASSES
Signing up for a prenatal class is a must-do for your second trimester checklist. Check with your local hospital or doctor the labour and childbirth classes available and sign up for them. Most of these classes are structured so you can take them at your own pace. It’s also best to enroll with your partner. And you should zero in on courses that prepare you for the kind of labour and birth you have chosen. Additionally, you can try out CPR and lactation classes to increase your knowledge.
6. SPEAK TO YOUR EMPLOYER
If you are employed, you have to inform your employer of your pregnancy if you haven’t already. It’s best to first know what maternity options and benefits your employer has available and weigh these. If they are convenient for you and you have your maternity leave and return to work all planned out, then inform your employer.
7. MAKE A POST-BABY BUDGET
Like it or not, having a baby is expensive. You will spend a lot on baby gear, baby food, medical bills, insurance, and the list goes on. But you don't have to break the bank. That's why the most responsible thing to do is to have a budget. A budget will help you control your spending, track your expenses and save money.
8. BE ACTIVE
In your second trimester, your energy levels will be up. It’s time for some keep-fit to improve your health and fitness. You’d probably be birthing a nine-pound baby, you might as well be fit for the task. Talk to your doctor about exercises that are safe for you in your condition. The rule of thumb, however, is not to go overboard or try anything new or extreme. Preferably, some pregnancy-safe exercises you can try out are yoga, walking, hiking, swimming, biking and prenatal workout class.
9. EAT HEALTHY
Stick to a nutrient-rich diet - one that includes fruits and veggies in your meals. While we advise that the safest way is to eat from home, we know you may not always be able to cook up something. But if you have to eat out, make sure the food is from a healthy source. You can sign up with a meal delivery service but do a thorough background check on them before you sign up. It may cost you a little extra, nonetheless, the convenience and peace of mind will be worth every cent you spend.
10. TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN
Slather on a cream or lotion for stretch marks in the morning after showering and at night right before bedtime. Always make sure you keep your skin moisturized to keep itchiness at bay. Pay attention to your bump, thighs and bum.
For mornings a stretch mark oil is best, while you can use a stretch-mark-specific cream for problem areas at night.
11. SEE A DENTIST
An unlikely to-do for your second trimester checklist, but did you know pregnancy can take its toll on your teeth? Yes, it can! An increase in the hormone progesterone causes pregnancy gingivitis. High levels of progesterone increase the blood flow to the gum tissues, making them sensitive, swollen or bleed when you brush or floss. Pregnancy gingivitis usually strikes during the second semester, so you might want to book that dentist appointment you've been shelving. And practice good oral hygiene too.
12. HAVE A WARDROBE MAKEOVER
Your second trimester is the best time to invest in some new maternity clothing. Chances are your old clothes are bursting at the seams literally and won't last through your third trimester. You need to buy clothes that are comfortable and can accommodate your growing bump. And remember maternity clothing doesn't have to be tacky. Choose comfy and trendy outfits, though comfort should be your topmost priority.
Looking for some maternity clothing? Here are the best brands.
13. GET MASSAGED
Changes in your weight and posture will cause aches and pains (which can be a real pain in the neck!). Book an appointment with a trained massage therapist who specializes in massages for pregnant women. However, if you are on a tight budget, then ask your partner to give you a rub down.
14. PLAN AND GO ON A BABYMOON
A getaway can be very relaxing for you and your partner. You will spend less time with each other when you have your baby. So a short holiday is a good time for both of you to connect before your baby is born. For you, it could be the best time to unplug and recharge before the long and uncomfortable third trimester. Your trip must be simple; do not pack up a lot of activity. Remember, the idea is to de-stress, so a week-long trip or one over the weekend is fine. Just have fun!
By Nana Ama Afoa Osae I Writer I GreatWonderful Team
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