Sunday, 20 September 2015

Pregnancy Guide>> Second Trimester

As you enter your second trimester of pregnancy, there will be slight visible bump if you may notice and which keeps growing bigger and more bigger as every month passes by. With Second Trimester you may notice fading of morning sickness and fatigue, nausea. But in my case it continued till 6-7 months of pregnancy and also my food cravings ranged from pineapple chaats, ferror-rocher, nutella to natural tender coconut ice-creams I would have emptied almost dozens of ice-creme boxes of 1 liter in entire second trimester.

I would also like to term the second trimester one of the golden period of the pregnancy as is the easiest trimester for many.  You can enjoy the best, you feel more energetic and yes you can actually can see your baby from the bump scanning reports. Between your 18th and 22nd week of pregnancy you'll have an ultrasound so your doctor can see how your baby is progressing. When you start feeling more energetic along with baby scan reports  this is the time to plan more things for baby arrival.

Although you should be feeling better now, big changes in you body are still taking place. From unwanted advice from strangers, interference from dearones to baby financial planning, here's what you can expect from second Trimester.

1) Dealing with Advice>>

Now, as you are having little or more bump being visible, yo may end up getting advice from stranger at shopping mall, at departmental store or even at your home from guests who comes to visit you. Yes, its weird and quite suffocating at times, in second trimester it seems like that everyone you meet. There will be times like you would like to enjoy some meal nearby restaurant to meet your bump cravings but then when you are just about to gulp a morsel of delicious food, a lady comes to you and says, 'You are not suppose to it this, blah blah'. 

This phase is very important , yet special for you as you can connect with baby and baby bonding entails, so the first thing you do after getting any random advice to consult with your mid-wife, nutritionist or doctor. Unless they red flag anything i guess anything fresh, eatable prepared in humanely manner can be consumed until and unless it is some caffeine or some toxic. By confirming tips, suggestion, advises you feel pampered, special and of course secured.
2) Changes in your Body>>
Yes, this phase is often called as 'Golden days of pregnancy' but also the most of the changes in your body happens now. There might be backache due to extra pounds of baby bump, so make sure you wear comfy footwear and clothes and also see to it that you sleep and sit in right posture. One thing i had to change was the sleeping position , before that I use to sleep on my stomach  but after being pregnant and with baby bump I had to sleep side ways on on my back and yes it does increase back pain. Try to get some comfy bump side pillows to easy your sleeping time and back pain.

Along with back pain you my notice swollen hand-feet, sored gums, constipation, leg cramps and so. For each of these above mentioned discomfort do not hesitate to share, discuss or ask to your doc or midwife.

3) Food and Nutrition>>
Here is the recipe for  Flaxseeds, chocolate wheat powerballs>>
You would have often heard people keep suggesting you to 'EAT FOR TWO'. I firmly believe it's not required, eat as much and as and when you feel like. Take control on your body by monitoring your lifestyle. For monitoring your food habit you may maintain small diary and keep check on your consumption keeping the preservatives away and high on healthy/fresh diet. Of course, pregnancy does increase your body’s needs for all nutrients. To meet the increased demand for nutrients throughout pregnancy, simply eat with smarter food choices, which gives your body with energy.

4) Get Fit Get Going>>

In the second trimester you will notice body starts to change, but if it's your first pregnancy (like me) you won't look pregnant at all! So you become puzzled that no one knows your pregnant because for them maybe you have gained few pounds. So you do whatever you can to make sure that people know you are pregnant, isn't? I did same :-). Also In my case for my fitness I could do only walking as my body does not have tendency to put on weight but yes I did put on around 12-14 kgs more which kept varying every month. Though I keep saying that second trimester is the most enjoyable , for me it was little different as by last few weeks of this phase I happen to break by left ankle and was advised for bed rest. So meditation and breathing exercise kept me going

This is the phase which I mentioned earlier that you tend to put loads of weight (due to baby bump) and also this is the phase when you should start working out. With recommendation of doctors and your mid-wife, follow basic workout routine pick the bet which suits your lifestyle.

Prenatal yoga and Pilates are very popular fitness class. Walking in park or to nearby supermarket can also work good for you, breathing exercise will also prepare you for birthing too. Select your workout regime wisely as per your body requirement and pregnancy stage. Please note that it could be dangerous to follow any read or seen online or bookish exercise without consulting doctor or mid wife. 

5)Time to make mommy friends>>

Now, this is the time you need to make new friends specially with new moms, or moms-to-be. This will add to your happiness and also to wade away few pregnancy blues. Connecting with new mommy friends helps you to share your feelings, concern and give helpful tips and suggestion. Trust me when no one understands you, these mommy friends will be your support system. You may make such friends at birthing classes, lamaze, aerobics, prenatal work out classes or may be just outside the doc's clinic near the waiting queue. 
6) Mark your Priority
This is the time get things clear in your mind as well as for your support sytem. If you are working women, who have already served the office in First Trimester, now this is the time to make your move, like would you like to continue working or not. 

Make each decision wisely keeping in mind your feelings, financial issues and your health as the priority. Just because all your girlfriends were working throughout your pregnancy , doesn't mean you should. Not everyone has same body and mind, o listen to your body, understand your financial responsibility, get your priorities clear so that you don't regret later. This is very important as the stepping stone to happy motherhood and parenting.

7)Schedule your doctor visits

Mark your calendar with the second trimester prenatal visits and other lab tests. Make sure it's hassle free, prior to doc's appointment talk to your friends or someone who can accompany your for the same. The best partner to visit doc for all appointments would be your hubby or your own mom or mid-wife.

8)Shopping Time Begins!

Yes, finally shopping begins! I did ask you all to shop more specially during first trimester. This is the time to buys stuff fro yourself, belly and the baby arrival. Knowing the growth of your baby start buying maternity-cum-nursing clothes. Must buys for any moms-to-be in second semester is harem pants, patialas and stretchable maternity jeans, loose fits tops, belly covers, belly belts and so much more.


For your outings with your mommy friends, shopping or for a date with your hubby you can pick up flowy dress, sun-dress or stretchable tops.

Also second trimester marks the bonding of with the bump and the baby, as you could see lots of visible developments in scan reports. So here is the time begins to shop for your new member in the family.

For lot of Hindu rituals and customs it is advised not to buy anything till the baby is arrived but for me I just break the rules. Not that I really wanted to but yes knowing that in the end it will be nuclear family to take care of my baby, I started nesting stuff for baby arrival. 

As I had opted for cloth diapering so I stocked up lot of cloth diapers. Also one can buy neutral colour onsies, bibs, caps and mittens, how much ever you buy these you run out of it. Baby receiving blankets, baby essential like lotion powder, wet wipes are also much need when baby is arrived.
9) Continue following First Trimester tips>>

As mentioned in the First Trimester continue reading the books recommended, maintain pregnancy journal, watch what you eat, listen to calm/pleasing music, avoid soda/caffeine and get back to your childhood hobbies. Read more about First Trimester here>>

10)Spend Some 'We Time'

This is the best time to plan a 'Babymoon' for speding some quality 'WeTime'. Trust me, after baby arrives, you wont get time to sip a cup of coffee together. the entire house and it's family members would dance on the baby tunes. 

So before all this sets the baby environment, second trimester seems to be the best time to plan a babymoon with your partner. Select the destination which is near to your birthing destination and select the mode of travel which suits you best. I always opted for flight in second trimester and train for third trimester. Before making holiday plans please consult your doc and midwife.
It's me clicked by my sis at the end of second trimester
I hope my tips, suggestion and guidance for Second Trimester will enable new moms, first-time moms or moms-to-be be little or more relax. One last tip for all you moms who are feeling little anxious about birthing part, please keep calm and listen to your heart and bump , and yes you are all doing right. A warm hug to you all who are reading, be positive, think positive and yes you'll have amzing journey in next Third Trimester too. Any queries for Third Trimester please mail at we'll make sure to anser or if unable to will ask our expert panel to share their views. 

Till then be cheerful, and always remember a happy mom raises happy child!

Nidhi @MomzSpace India 

[PS. This isn't rule book, these stuff have worked for me during my pregnancy days, so thought it might help other expecting moms; you all moms are free to do changes as per you lifestyle, likes/dislikes and of course as your bump directs ;-) MomzSpace is open to receive any suggestion, advice or tips related to Pregnancy, motherhood and parenting. Mail your Pregnancy tips, stories, craving and motherhood related suggestions at with subject line: Tips for Motherhood

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