The second trimester is the one experts call the most comfortable and enjoyable out of the three trimesters. You are past the danger of a miscarriage, the morning sickness and tiredness of the first trimester should have passed, your bump is getting big enough that people can tell you are pregnant, but you are not yet too big to enjoy life and be comfortable.
So, here are ten tips that you won't necessarily find in your pregnancy books but are things I enjoyed implementing in my pregnancies.
- Think about an exercise program to take you through your pregnancy. A pregnancy yoga class is a wonderful way to exercise and prepare for the birth, and you also get to meet other pregnant Mums too. Walking and swimming are perfect exercises for pregnancy as well.
- Not all salt is bad!! Head into your local health food shop and buy a packet of organic mineral or crystal salt and have a sprinkle on your food each day (crackers with cheese, tomato, pepper and crystal salt are heaven!). I use this type of salt permanently instead of processed table salt which has absolutely no nutritional value at all. Currently in our household we are using Nirvana Organics Himalayan Crystal Salt which is unrefined and contains 84 minerals and trace elements (including iodine which is vital for pregnancy).
- Get shaking! If you haven't already got one, invest in a blender to make shakes. Drinking a shake each day has so many benefits - they contain water, they can contain fibre (pregnancy can be a case of helloooo constipation), they are full of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients which are easily digested, and they fill you up which puts a halt on the appetite for a while. My favorite recipe goes something like this: 1/4 - 1/2 cup ice, 1/2 - 1 cup milk of choice, 1 banana, other fruit if desired, 1 heaped teaspoon linseed meal, 1 teaspoon active manuka honey (from the health food shop), liquid fish oil (optional), metamucil or psyllium powder (optional - if constipated). Whizz up in the blender and enjoy.
- Spend a little time each day either lying down with your legs elevated or lying on the floor with your legs extended up the wall. Helps to combat swollen feet and ankles, which is to be honest rather a scary pregnancy symptom isn't it. If your swelling is really bad be sure to talk to your health care provider about it.
- If you have older children (old enough to understand), start talking to them about the baby in a positive manner. Say things in passing like "you are going to be such a great older brother to our new baby", but don't fall into the trap of saying things that will put a negative light on the new baby arriving like "the baby won't like you if you are noisy like that".
- A natural organic facial spray can be lovely to keep on hand to make you feel fresh and cool.
- Eat lots of fruit. This not only provides you and your baby with lots of fibre and vitamins, but fruit is also high in water content which helps meet you daily water requirements.
- Why not start making a list of things you need in your hospital and labour bags. Have a look at our Hospital Bag Checklist for some ideas.
- Eat fish a couple of times a week or take fish oil tablets. This is SO important for your babies development but remember to stick to species like fresh snapper or salmon, or tinned salmon, tuna or sardines.
- Take some long soaky baths (not too hot) with some salts or oils that will help your dry itchy belly skin. Plus its nice to feel weightless and even be able to roll onto your front comfortably.