Helpful Second Trimester Tips
Yay! You made it trough the first trimester! This is a great first step and the chances of miscarriages are now pretty low. The embryo is attached to the uterus and the baby is growing. Slowly you will start to show and that is quite exciting. Here are some tips that really helped me:
Don't Stress: You might get the urge to overthink things and beginning to worry about the food you are eating, your lifestyle, choices, etc are they good for the baby? Try to take it easy and just breathe. Enjoy this time when you still have energy, hopefully feel great and can continue doing your regular routine.
Rub the growing belly : I started this from the beginning but if you haven't yet, start rubbing your belly with natural oils (coconut, wheat germ, almond or avocado). This will help reduce or avoid stretch marks. I do it before bed and let it soak in. This can also be a way to get your partner involved in the pregnancy. Ask him to rub the belly, your breasts, and sides. This will feel also good since the skin will start stretching and feel tight. Your partner may enjoy it too! ;)
Exercise: Giving birth is like running a marathon. You want your body to be in shape for labor. Also, you might feel tight in the morning or start having cramps or muscles pains, and some light exercise will help. Some of the best choices are prenatal yoga, swimming, stretching, and light weight training. Try to commit to 5 days a week of a 20-minute workout. I promise you will feel better.
Birth Ball: This is similar to the ball you see at the gym and people use for ab work and another core workout, but instead of trying to do that -which you will not be able to do - use it to your personal advantage. Using a ball can help to release back pain as well as helping you to keep a good posture, increasing blood flow to the uterus, placenta, and the baby. Just bouncing lightly or rolling yourself on it will relieve pressure on your spine, perineum, and thighs. A great way to use it is instead of a working chair, or when watching TV instead of sitting on the couch.
Listen to your body's needs: This is a time to take care of yourself. You might have your mind scattered somewhere between excitement and scariness. Calm yourself and do some self-care practices. Meditation, Epson salt baths, foot rubs, prenatal massage, acupuncture, antigravity water pools, etc. Whatever makes you feel good, do it. Also, dedicate some time to be with your friends and surround yourself with people that love you and who are excited about your adventure.
At this time of pregnancy you are not yet "popping" and feeling all the pregnancy but you are getting there and the baby is growing and can start to hear your voice, you will start really "feeling it" towards the end of this trimester. It is an amazing experience so keep yourself happy, calm and embrace this magical time.
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