2nd Trimester Pregnancy Advice
The second trimester is generally the easiest, for most women. Morning sickness is generally over, yet you don’t feel as awkward and horrible as you’re about to. You’ll start to grow a real baby bump, so people can tell you’re pregnant, and not just gaining weight. Here’s how to use this brief, wonderful window of time effectively:
1) Have any baby showers you plan to have during this trimester. Once you get bigger, you’ll get tired more easily, and won’t want to (and possibly shouldn’t) travel much.
2) Start your baby registry. I would love to give advice on this, but I don’t know that my advice will be any good until after I have the kid and actually use some of this stuff. Also Lucie’s List is the best resource I found, so I’ll just redirect you to her.
3) Read your baby books. Your brain is going to become more and more useless, so read as much as you can early on. I’m reading “What to Expect the First Year” and I think it’s helpful so far. Ask friends what books they used, read reviews on Amazon, and check out a few from the library. You can also ask your doctor for specific recommendations.
4) Start stocking up. I’ve been making a ton of food and stuffing my freezer so that after the baby comes I don’t have to think about food much. You’ll also want to stock up on things like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent (probably LOTS of that), and dishwasher detergent. I also have a bunch of canned soups and things in the pantry that are ready to eat.
5) Start buying baby stuff you’re unlikely to get as a gift. I have Pedialyte and baby Tylenol stocked, because odds are I will need them, and I don’t want to be running out to the store in the middle of the night for it. This also allows me to space out the purchases, rather than buying a bunch of stuff all at once.
6) Start getting the baby’s room together. As you receive gifts or buy things, put them away where they’ll go. You don’t want to try and arrange an entire room when you’re 8 months pregnant, like me. (Yes, I’m totally doing this, but my roll is more telling Hubby what to do while he rearranges things).
7) Do what your doctor tells you. Get your TDap vaccine, take your birth classes, take a car seat class (use Google to find a local one), do recommended exercises, and get your blood drawn a billion times. Also find a pediatrician. Ask your doctor and friends for recommendations, and also for terrible doctors to avoid.
8) Try to relax. I know it’s hard. I have this constant “WE’RE NOT READY YET CRAPPOLA!” feeling that I think normal people call “nesting”. Take advantage of it to clean and prepare while you have the energy and mobility to do so. Don’t go nuts, like don’t throw out all your pre-pregnancy clothes or anything. Cleaning out the fridge and freezer is probably not a bad idea though.
9) Take care of any appointments or other once a year events you probably won’t have time for later. Do the pets need their annual vet visit? Do you need to see the eye doctor and/or dentist?
10) Write your thank you notes! Try to do it as soon as you receive a gift, since you’ll either forget, or be back-logged on thank you cards. Even if you send them late, just send them. It’s fine. People understand that this is a hectic time in your life. You don’t have to write a novel, just a heart-felt thank you. (I’m actually blogging right now to avoid doing this).
Keep in mind, the internet is your frenemy: it can give you both good and terrible advice. If you have any doubts or worries ask your doctor. They have heard every question, and there are no dumb questions when it comes to your baby. Good luck, and here’s to a pleasant delivery!
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