All hail the glorious second trimester! Ok, ok I know. It’s not nearly as glamorous as Hollywood movies or the countless women offering unsolicited advice make it out to be, but I at least felt a little bit better! Fatigue was (and is) still a constant companion, but at least my morning sickness was completely gone by 18 weeks. YAY.
I’m in my third trimester I have given birth, I wanted to share a few things that were second trimester life savers for me!
- Smock Blouses & Dresses
I absolutely adore the look of a smocked blouse or dress, so this one was an obvious choice for me. They’re so flowy and comfortable around a burgeoning bump while still feeling cute and feminine. If you’re not into the super loose look, you can always wear a thin belt above your baby bump to give you a little more of an outlined figure.
- Belly Band
I don’t know why I didn’t buy one of these earlier?? They are amazing! They allow you to wear your regular jeans when they get too tight to button with elastic and a thin silicone lining. And they’re so comfortable too! I tried the hairband trick other moms swore by, but kept losing hairbands when I had to go to the bathroom every 10 minutes. Not such a great thing when you’re out in public and don’t have a backup. *facepalm*
I purchased this one from Target and am now able to wear my cute pants again that absolutely refuse to button. This is on my must have list for sure!
- Maternity leggings
These were more of a luxury purchase than a necessity for me, but if you want to treat yo’ self, this is a great way to do it. They didn’t give me love handles like some of my current leggings do and made working out and sleeping (but mostly sleeping, let’s be real) comfier. Now I feel less like a chubby, bloated mess when I’m on a walk or relaxing around the apartment. And any product that does that is a real game changer for me.
- Maternity pillow (or homemade pillow fort)
If it hasn’t already, sleeping is about to get REAL awful. You can’t sleep on your back or stomach anymore, and you start getting leg cramps and/or sciatica in the middle of the night which is just about as awesome as it sounds.
I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $50 for a pillow when I had so many already, so I literally started sleeping with six pillows. two under my head (thanks, heartburn!), two on either side of me as a barrier so I wouldn’t roll over onto my back, and one under my hip and one between my legs to help with sciatica pain. Isn’t pregnancy glamorous?!
- Tums for heartburn
The struggle is real. Need I say more?
- Night lights for your main areas
I ordered these off Amazon the second I started needing to get up to use the restroom during the night. Turning on the bathroom light is so jarring and can interfere with falling back to sleep, so I suggest ordering these to put in your bathroom, hallways, and kitchen in case you need to grab a quick drink of water on your way back to bed.
- Reusable Water Bottle
I started drinking a gallon of water a day -YES an entire GALLON- during my second trimester because I was just so thirsty all the time. I found that if I didn’t, I was prone to headaches and Braxton-Hicks contractions, and I’ll do anything to avoid both of those incredibly uncomfortable situations. Along with my water tracking app, I started carrying around a reusable water bottle (glass or BPA free are best!) so I could track how much I was actually drinking throughout the day. Now that’s one last thing for me to try to store in my new foggy pregnancy brain, which is just wonderful because nowadays I need all the free memory space I can get my hands on!
Do you have any second trimester must haves?? If so, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear about what worked (or didn’t work) for you!