One might think about pregnancy trimesters like the three acts in a story. The first trimester is like act one: characters are introduced (mom, dad, baby, doctor), the plot is laid down, and getting used to the new normal is the primary objective of all those involved. Things seem a little scary, but they also seem exciting and wonderful.
The second act of any story is when things start to get serious. The novelty of the situation has worn off, and the realities have set in. For pregnant women, the second trimester can have a similar feeling. It’s when they first notice a bump, feel the first kicks, and develop a deeper attachment with their unborn child. The threat of miscarriage – though less likely to happen in the second trimester – weighs heavy on their minds. They want to do everything possible to ensure their baby arrives safe and healthy.
Fortunately, Mother Nature and maternal instincts go a long way in ensuring your baby arrives safe and sound. Along with following the medical advice provided by their doctors, pregnant women can confidently make it through their second trimester by following these seven tips:
Get plenty of rest
Chances are you’re still working full-time while pregnant. Combined with the ever-present duties that come with life in general – cooking, cleaning, running errands – it can be hard for pregnant women to get enough sleep. But sleep should be a top priority. Even if you’re unable to fall asleep, resting your body is essential for the health and wellness of your baby. It can be difficult – especially with the physical discomforts that come with pregnancy – but getting plenty of rest during your second trimester will help prepare your body for the final stretch. The same goes for your baby.
Modify your fitness routine
Many women continue to exercise while pregnant. However, once the second trimester rolls around, it’s time to adjust the way you workout. Medical professionals suggest low-impact exercise, like walking, swimming, and riding a stationary bicycle. You should avoid running, jumping, and anything that has you on your back for a significant amount of time. The good news is there are many pregnancy workouts that are perfectly safe to do during your second trimester.
Be mindful of the baby’s development
The second trimester is when fetal development kicks into high gear. As mentioned earlier, you’ll feel movement, which shows how far along your baby has come. By this point, your baby’s face is taking shape as the fetus grows. You can even take a gender blood test at this time to determine the sex of your unborn baby weeks before the ultrasound. A lot is going on in there, and being mindful of it will help pregnant women stay focused and motivated as they head into the final stages of pregnancy.
Keep monitoring your health
The health of the mother plays a significant role in the health of the fetus. With this in mind, it’s essential for pregnant women to monitor their health closely and talk to their doctor about any unexplained changes in how they feel. Something as seemingly minor as a fever is a big deal during pregnancy. Since pregnancy is fraught with an array of physical discomforts and bodily changes, it can be difficult for expecting moms to speak up about particular aches, pains, and processes. But if you sense something is wrong, don’t risk waiting to get the answer next week. Your doctor will be happy to discuss the matter and determine whether it’s nothing to worry about or something to look at further.
Stick to healthy eating
One of the most commonly heard misnomers about pregnancy is that you get to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, for nine months. Many pregnant women experience severe nausea and indigestion during pregnancy, making it difficult to eat. Secondly, for every bizarre craving, there are one or more equally bizarre aversions. With this in mind, the challenge for many pregnant women is getting enough vitamins and minerals. While drinking nothing but milkshakes because nothing else stays down is okay for the first trimester, now’s the time to take steps to ensure you’re getting adequate nutrition for yourself and your baby.
Like the second act of a movie, the second trimester is when things start to get complicated. So long as you’re doing the right things at the right time – you’re doing the very best you can for yourself and your unborn child. And that’s really all you can ask.