Congrats! You’ve made it through the first trimester, and that’s a big accomplishment, especially if it’s your first time.
But now that you’re moving into your second trimester, things are going to change somewhat. Your body will go through some big changes. Proportions will change. Hormones will change, and there will be some things you’ll need to make it through with minimal discomfort. These second trimester must-haves will help you adjust to your changing body, and prepare for the next phase.
Some of the things that helped get you through the 1st trimester will certainly carry over. But I found I needed a few extra things in my 2nd trimester. I hope this list will help bring you some comfort during your journey.
Here are 8 second trimester must-haves just for you!
Getting through a complete pregnancy really is an impressive accomplishment. Before it’s over, you will likely go through some serious emotional ups and downs. Those can be pretty harrowing all by themselves. Combine the emotions with cravings and rapid body changes, you’re in for a ride. So, you can take everything on this list as a no-brainer, must-have. That will take some of the pressure off and help you sail through toward that magical day.
Let’s get into it.
Positivity & support
Number 1 is the care and attention of friends and family. Building a baby is a tough job! After all, the human brain is the most complex object known to science, and one is growing inside your womb with a body of its own to boot. The amount of energy and nutrients that it takes is enormous. So, ask for help. Ask for support. Say you want help and support without having to ask. You’re doing the heavy lifting here, so don’t feel you’re putting anybody out. You’re not.
You might not think of this as a second trimester must haves, but doulas have a versatility that you may not know about. A birthing doula is an expert at supporting expecting mothers throughout the process all the way up to the day of birth. Consider reaching out to one now! Often you need to schedule these well in advance, and if you would like to learn more, this is a good time to make the call. Your doula can be an advocate for you during and leading up to delivery. She will support your medical needs with specialized expertise, and she is likely to be very emotionally supportive as well. You can think of a doula as being like a high-level nurse who specializes in pregnancy support and does house calls. They can be a real blessing!
Pilates & prenatal yoga
Yoga isn’t just something people do for exercise. It is a complex discipline for total physical and spiritual well-being that has been in constant development for thousands of years. It will give you the flexibility that will help with pain, strength to give you endurance, and it can help generate inner peace. Add Pilates to your routine for the extra fitness benefits, and you’re sure to be in good condition when the big day comes.
Here are some second trimester must-haves for stretching and moving at home
A new bra
As your pregnancy progresses, one common side effect is enlarged breasts. So, there’s a good chance that the bras you have won’t quite be up to the task. Get yourself a flexible, strong bra. It will help keep you comfortable and take one persistent stressor off your worry list.
Here are a few favorite second trimester bras
A support tank like this one is another great comfort item to add to your pregnancy tool kit. It will expand with your belly and add extra support for your changing belly and breasts. It will also help support your back, and smooth the look of your shirts, making for a more flattering fit as your body changes. If there is any essential to add to a second trimester must-haves list, this is it!
A nice set of loose-fitting, comfy pajamas will be your go-to for comfortable wear around the house. These are super comfy! They should be sturdy, soft, and non-restrictive. Add to that a light robe, and you’ll be well and comfortably covered whenever you need to be. For warmer weather, consider a gown like this.
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A nice, long pillow, like this one from Boppy is a good idea for anyone who moves a lot at night. During the second and third trimesters, it’s an absolute must-have. It will help support your hips and lower back if you’re a side sleeper. It can also help make up for the inability to sleep on your stomach, especially if you are a belly sleeper.
When you leave the house, you will still want to look nice and be comfortable, of course. For this, a small collection of loose dresses like these will be a real lifesaver. There are lots of well-made dresses made just for this purpose, so there are lots to choose from.
If you found this list helpful, be sure to check out our upcoming post, “Must-Haves for the Third Trimester.”