I have not yet made it to the end of my second trimester, so I may find other items to add to this list! So far, so good. I do not have many second trimester essentials since it has been much easier than the first. I feel like myself again!
I am taking a barre style workout class 4 times per week, and getting in some good walks for exercise. My foods have been pretty healthy. However, not as healthy as pre-pregnancy because I am eating more healthy carbohydrates which leaves me less room for vegetables overall.
Foods I love right now: cucumbers, sushi (cooked) with ginger and wasabi, salmon, fruits, milk at night, homemade protein bars, salty food
Foods I hate right now: most all chicken, some vegetables unless they are cooked exactly how I like, plain dark chocolate (loving milk chocolate)
This is all weird for me since I generally eat and enjoy all types of foods except super unhealthy, processed foods of course.
Anyways…. now on to the essentials list!
Second Trimester Essentials
- Snoogle!! This thing really is fantastic. I am a pretty good sleeper already, but this pillow stops me from tossing and turning so much and helps me get more comfortable immediately. Plus, you can roll it up and lean against it while reading in bed as well. I still use a fan at night. Otherwise I do not sleep well. I would also recommend getting an additional Snoogle cover since the one that comes with it is a little rough.
- FITsplint: The purpose of this is to support your back and growing belly during pregnancy. It gives me a feeling of something hugging my belly which feels nice and supportive. The FITsplint is a safer belly wrap to wear during pregnancy than other brands, and it is more supportive during exercise (like running) since it has separate bands that can go across your lower belly and upper.The main reason I am using one is for extra support and to help prevent diastasis recti. The key is not to rely on this thing 24/7 for support. You need to still be doing your transverse abdominal exercises to allow your body to stay strong throughout the pregnancy. I could go on and on about splinting, but will save that for another post!
- Simple “long and lean” tank tops from Target: These things are inexpensive as well. I found mine on sale for about $4! They are stretchy and long so that they nicely cover the growing belly. Easy and convenient when all of my tops are becoming too short and unattractive. Tip: Buy 1 size larger than you normally buy.
- Clean protein bar like the RX Bar: We all need foods quick and on the go, but during pregnancy I feel I can’t live without having some type of snack in my purse just in case it will be a while until my next meal. I am avoiding bars with any added chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and synthetic ingredients. I am also limiting my whey protein intake since the quality is never guaranteed. I am, however, using pea proteins as a protein powder. That brings me to my next essential…
- Sun Warrior protein powder: I absolutely love this stuff. It tastes pretty darn good for a plant based protein powder. I use it to make my own protein bars, protein pancakes, protein mugcakes, and more! It is hard for me to get my protein, and with pregnancy, the requirements for protein are much more important than non-pregnancy.
- Homemade belly butter: Last, but not least.
This is one of my favorite concoctions.
I made this during my first trimester to have ready to go to help prevent stretch marks!
Directions: Heat the coconut oil, and mango butter in a small double boiler over the stove. Meanwhile, heat the beeswax in the microwave for several minutes to soften so you can cut into small pieces. Add the small pieces of beeswax to the coconut oil mix, and continue to heat on low-medium until fully melted. Allow to cool slightly. Add the remaining oils, and stir to combine. Store in a jar (I reused an old body butter jar).
Tip: You must use beeswax because this helps all of the oils stay on your skin, and creates a barrier between your skin and your clothes. No greasy residue!