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The second trimester is often referred to as the “Honeymoon Phase.” Many pregnant women feel less nauseated and more energetic during these weeks, making it the perfect time to check a bunch of stuff off the to-do list to prepare for baby’s arrival.
So, when is the second trimester exactly? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the second trimester is considered weeks 14 through 27 (months four through seven).
10 Things To Do During Your Second Trimester
1. Buy maternity clothes – If you haven’t bought maternity clothes already, the second trimester is a good time to start shopping for some new outfits. I tried to stay in my regular clothes as long as I could. When I finally bought some maternity pants, I was so much more comfortable! I wish I had bought them sooner.
Some of my favorite places to shop for maternity clothes include Destination Maternity, Gap, Old Navy, Target, and garage sales. Seriously though, I found some maternity dress pants at a yard sale down the street that looked brand new. Woohoo!
Also, I recently gave Stitch Fix a try and loved it. I had no idea they had a maternity line when I was pregnant, but they do! How cool is that?! They can style your outfits throughout your whole pregnancy. And it’s a great gift idea!
Related post: 10 Reasons to Love Stitch Fix
2. Plan the gender reveal – Many people choose to find out their baby’s gender at an ultrasound between 16 to 20 weeks. The sonographer can write the gender on a piece of paper and place it in an envelope for you. This gives you the opportunity to find out what you’re having later in whatever setting you choose.
Whether it’s a creative announcement on social media or a party with family and friends, finding out the gender is an exciting thing to share with others. There are plenty of fun ideas on Pinterest for all types of announcements. Plan your party or announcement and share the exciting news.
Related post: 10 Adorable Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
3. Pick a name – Once you know whether you’re having a boy or girl, you can focus more on choosing a name for your little one. The earlier you have a name, the sooner you can begin referring to him/her by name. It also gives you the opportunity to personalize items ahead of time like clothing, decor, bags, etc…
4. Register – Now that you know the gender, you can head to the baby store and register! This is really fun. You get to take the scanner around and pick out stuff for your little one.
Related post: Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
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It can also be a little overwhelming with all the choices that need to be made. I remember researching almost every item on my phone as we made our way around the store. The good news is you can usually tweak your list from your smart phone or at home on the computer if you need to. So, relax and have fun making your way through the store, shopping for your sweet little baby.
5. Start getting the nursery ready – With your increased energy, it’s a great time to work on the nursery. Shop for furniture, decor, and organizational products for your baby’s space. To learn about keeping your baby’s space safe, check out the following resources:
- Make Baby’s Room Safe (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Tips for Buying Baby Furniture & Baby Equipment (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Top Tips – Safer Spaces for Baby (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Related post: Favorite Baby Products for the Nursery
6. Sell and/or donate your stuff – As you begin to make room for baby, get rid of the stuff you no longer need. You can start by organizing it into piles: donate, sell, or trash. Then, have a yard sale. Anything leftover from the sale, take to Goodwill or Salvation Army (right after the sale) along with the other items in your “donate” pile. Doing these things will give you extra cash and extra space.
7. Talk to your boss – You’ll start to show during the second trimester (if not already), so it’s a good time to share the news with your boss if you haven’t already. This will give your employer plenty of time to prepare for your time away when baby arrives.
Thinking about being a stay-at-home mom? Check out this post: 7 Ways To Earn Extra Money From Home – Perfect for Stay-at-Home Moms
8. Take bump pics – Document your pregnancy by taking pictures of your baby bump. You can stand in the same place week after week and even wear the same thing to show baby’s growth over time. There are a lot of great ideas for this on Pinterest.
9. Schedule a maternity photo session – If you’re interested in having professional maternity pictures taken, you’ll want to schedule that in advance. Most photographers suggest having them done during a specific window of time in your third trimester like 32 to 36 weeks for example.
10. Buy a baby book – The sooner you have a baby book, the better. That way you can start writing in it and documenting memories for your little one. We bought this book for our oldest daughter and this book for our second daughter. This personalized baby book is on my wish list if we have another child. It’s so cute, and there are so many colors and designs from which to choose. They also have an adorable pregnancy journal where you can keep memories and notes related to your pregnancy. I wish I had this for my first two pregnancies!
One more thing! – The second trimester is a great time to contact your hospital or ask your physician about signing up for childbirth classes as some classes fill up quickly. Many hospitals offer prenatal classes for free or for a small fee. Some of the classes you may be able to register for include: Prepared Childbirth, Baby Care Basics, Infant CPR, Breastfeeding, Dad Basic Training, and more!
The second trimester is such a special time in your pregnancy. More than likely, it’s during this time that you’ll begin to show, you’ll begin to feel your baby kick, and you’ll find out the gender. You’re also counting down the weeks to your baby’s arrival and getting everything ready along the way.
Take some time away with your spouse if you can. Travel, go out on dates, and have fun dreaming of the new little family you’re growing together. Take care of yourself, and the third trimester will be here before you know it.
Related post: 15 Things To Do Your Last Month of Pregnancy
Resources That I Love
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Ebates – Ebates is a free and easy way to earn cash back when shopping online. Some of my favorite places to shop through Ebates include: Amazon, Target, Etsy, Old Navy, Lowe’s, Walmart, and more! Ebates earns a commission on referrals, and they share that commission with you. I talk about it in depth in my post here: How To Earn Cash with Ebates. It’s super easy (and free) to join. You just provide your email address, and choose a password. You can get a $10 cash bonus after your first $25 purchase by signing up through my link here.
Ibotta – Ibotta is another free way to earn cash back. It’s like using coupons without the hassle of clipping coupons. You simply sign up for a free account and then after you shop, scan your products that have coupons in the app, scan your receipt, and watch the cash fall into your Ibotta account. I use the app when I shop at Target and Kroger, but there are a lot of places you can use the service. You can receive a $10 welcome bonus by signing up through my link here.
Airbnb – Airbnb is a great way to travel. Instead of staying at hotels, you can rent someone’s house, apartment, or room. I have even seen people list their Airstream trailers for rent. How cool is that?! We used Airbnb on our last trip to Washington, D.C., and it was awesome. We stayed in a cute little neighborhood near Dupont Circle and were able to walk to the grocery store, local bookstore, and local restaurants nearby. There were four of us total, and we rented the whole apartment and had everything we needed for a great stay. If you’re looking for a fun, cost effective way to travel, check out Airbnb. This referral link will give you $40 toward your first trip.
VIPKID – Do you have a bachelor’s degree and want to teach English online? With VIPKID, you can apply to be a teacher with a flexible schedule, working out of the comfort of your home, teaching English virtually to children between the ages 4-12 in China. And, VIPKID provides all lesson plans!
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