Tips for the 2nd Trimester
The 2nd trimester is often considered the “easy” trimester of pregnancy. The period between 14 and 27 weeks of pregnancy is often more comfortable than the 1st or 3rd trimesters. Since you will likely experience enhanced comfort, the 2nd trimester is a good time to make preparations for the baby, as well as plan for the final trimester of your pregnancy. When you plan carefully, you can take advantage of your 2nd trimester and make your following stages as easy as possible. At My Family Birth Center, our experts are passionate about providing you with superior guidance for every stage of your pregnancy. Here are a few of our top tips for your 2nd trimester of pregnancy.
Consider a Babymoon
Many women decide to take vacations during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy! During the 1st trimester, they may have morning sickness or other symptoms that make it difficult for them to enjoy a trip. Airlines often have restrictions for women traveling later on in their pregnancy. While you should always consult with your care provider before traveling while pregnant, the 2nd trimester of pregnancy may be the ideal time to take a vacation with your partner.
Sleep on your Left Side
The changes in your body during pregnancy will often require you to make adjustments to some of your regular habits, including how you sleep. If you find that you are having difficulty sleeping, you may want to try sleeping on your left side. This provides multiple benefits. Side sleeping tends to be more comfortable with your growing belly and sleeping on your left side has been shown to improve blood flow to the baby. Sleeping on your left side can help you to get better quality sleep.
Eat Nutritious Foods
Focusing on your nutrition is an important part of every stage in your pregnancy. Eating nutritious foods will help to support the baby’s growth. There’s even a bonus when you eat healthily during your 2nd trimester of pregnancy! This trimester is when your baby starts to be able to taste the foods that you eat. Some studies suggest that this has an impact on long-term preferences, so eating nutritious foods may make your baby more likely to enjoy these same nutritious foods.
Prepare the Nursery
The relief of symptoms that you experience during this stage of your pregnancy will often enable you to complete tasks that you may not have been up to during the 1st trimester. The 2nd trimester of pregnancy is a great time to consider preparing the nursery. This can provide you with a sense of calm because you will feel prepared for the baby’s arrival. It will also prevent you from having to prepare the nursery during the final stage of your pregnancy.
Exercising during pregnancy provides many benefits for your health and the health of your baby. It is important to stay active during the 2nd stage of your pregnancy. Always consult with your care provider to ensure that your exercise routine is safe during pregnancy.
Be Prepared for Weight Gain
The 2nd trimester of pregnancy is typically when most women start to “look pregnant.” Its normal to see accelerated weight gain during this trimester of pregnancy. If you are concerned about particularly rapid weight gain, it is important to reach out to your care provider, but it is also useful to know that weight gain is normal at this stage of pregnancy.
Create a Baby Registry
Your baby shower is likely in the works at this stage of your pregnancy. The 2nd trimester is a great time to consider what you’ll need to care for your baby and create a baby registry. This will help to provide your loved ones with guidance when purchasing baby shower gifts.
These tips for your 2nd trimester will often help you to have the ideal experience. Taking advantage of this trimester will enable you to enjoy your pregnancy and reconnect with your loved ones. When you work with us at My Family Birth Center, you can be confident that you are receiving the appropriate guidance for every stage of pregnancy. To learn more about our best advice for your 2nd trimester, contact us at My Family Birth Center today!