September 2, 2015

second trimester favorites

second trimester

The second trimester is commonly referred to as the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy. Energy is up, nausea is gone, and you’re still small enough to move around without discomfort (or waddling). Well…I hate to say it, but such has not been the case for me. I was more tired this trimester than I was during the first! And now that I’m at the end of it, I am feeling pretty enormous. (I honestly don’t know how I’m going to pack 10-15 more pounds on my short body by December. Seems impossible.) So no honeymoon for this girl.

That’s not to say my second trimester was all doom and gloom. Baby started kicking at 19 weeks on the dot (I was poolside in Positano at the time), and ever since then, he/she has been quite the wiggle worm. Phil and I imagine the baby swimming laps when he/she is particularly active in there. Feeling those punches, kicks and somersaults has been the greatest part of pregnancy by far.

I also discovered a few things that made my second trimester a little bit easier. Thought I’d share in case you find them helpful.

BabyList. Free. Registering for baby gifts is no joke. I’ve read more product reviews and asked more questions (what’s safe? what do babies like? what’s actually useful?) than I ever thought possible. My mom friends are probably so annoyed with me at this point! That’s why I love BabyList – it’s basically a shoppable Pinterest board that allows me to register for anything from any retailer, so when I find that holy grail baby product that meets all of the criteria, I can add it straight to my registry, regardless of where it’s from. (It even has an “Add to Babylist” button like the “Pin It” button in my bookmarks bar!)

10-minute arms and butt videos. Free. My workout routine took a major hit during my second trimester due to a lack of energy. These 10-minute videos, plus walking on the treadmill, kept me feeling great without overdoing it.

James Maternity Jeans. $145. Every pregnant woman deserves a really great pair of maternity jeans that are super comfortable and make her feel beautiful. After humming and hawing over a couple of blue denim pairs, I settled on these charcoal grey ones by James and am so in love.

Zoe Karssen tees. $62. I’ve long been a Zoe Karssen fan, so I was pleased to find out that her soft, loose fit tees are perfect for pregnancy. They cling to my burgeoning belly bump in the most flattering way and make me feel like a million bucks.

Hanky Panky thongs. $20. It’s tough to feel sexy when I’m busting out of literally every pair of pants I own. Thank god for my Hanky Pankys. I swear they look even sexier sitting under my pregnant belly. Pregnant or not – these are the best underwear in the world.

Comfy robe. $98. These days, I don’t wear clothes unless I absolutely have to. I like to let the belly breathe. My robe is all that keeps me from walking around naked every Sunday morning.

Week by Week pregnancy infographic. Free. A quick reference guide for what’s going on with baby and the bump on a weekly basis – symptoms, weight gain, baby growth, etc. It also reminds me where the weeks land in each trimester range, which is becoming increasingly harder to remember! #pregnancybrain

Organic dried apricots. $27.98. Toward the end of my second trimester, I started to experience some lightheadedness, which my doctor suspects is anemia. Although we won’t confirm it until my next appointment, I’m upping my iron intake just in case. Turns out, apricots are a great source of iron, while the fiber keeps things “moving”, if you catch my drift 😉

Moms or moms-to-be, what got you through months 4-6 of pregnancy? Any tips for the third trimester?

xNatalie