Second Trimester, What to Expect

**This is not medical advice; always consult your doctor first.  These are my personal accounts**

When Does the Second Trimester Start?

The second trimester starts at week 13 and ends at week 28.

Some women who have morning sickness, it will be completely gone and you will get some energy back.

Unfortunately for others, morning sickness may continue.

You can check out my tips and tips from other moms for how to handle morning sickness  if you are still experiencing morning sickness symptoms.

The second trimester was probably the easiest for me.  By week 14, I no longer had morning sickness or heartburn.

It was nice to actually feel like a normal person again, as much as a pregnant person can.

I got back to working out and walking more frequently.  However, I was pregnant during the winter months, and I lack motivation to do much when it is cold, pregnant or not.

Here are a few things you can expect and some things to put on your to do list from the second trimester:

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Getting Labor Ready in the Second Trimester

If you haven’t already, it is time to start getting your body ready for the birthing process.

I personally bought this birthing ball/exercise ball because I wanted to have a natural birth (cue God’s laughter).  I started using mine at the beginning of the second trimester.

It is said that a birthing ball will help with the position of the baby, relieve pelvic pressure, help with back pain, etc.  I would sit on it daily and roll side to side and back and forth.

Exercising during the Second Trimester

Get up and move.  No, you don’t have to go run a marathon or bench press 100lbs, but simply walking around your neighborhood or park is sufficient.  It keeps the blood flowing, and will, eventually, help put baby down where she needs to be.

If you aren’t sure what exercises to do or where to start there are some great exercises out there to help you get your body ready for labor and delivery.

Meditate or do yoga to start releasing your stress and anxiety.

I listen to a podcast called Meditation Oasis particularly if I am having trouble falling asleep. That particular podcast is called Relax into Sleep; It is rare I am still awake when the 20 minute podcast is finished.

I like this podcast, and the woman’s voice is soothing and not annoying unlike others I have attempted to listen to.

I did yoga as often as I had energy to.  There is a calmness and serenity with yoga; it is my happy place.

Start these now so they will be second nature by time the third trimester is here.  You don’t have to be having a natural birth for these things to be beneficial for you.

If anything, do whatever you can to build the strength of your pelvic floor muscles.

When is the Second Trimester Ultrasound?

You will have your second ultrasound during the second trimester (unless you are high risk and that’s a whole different post).

We had our anatomy scan of the baby between 18 and 20 weeks.

It was the most wonderful thing in the world.  As soon as she told us we were having a girl, I started crying.

Knowing the gender of our baby, finally, made the pregnancy seem real.  It also brings about emotions of gratefulness and amazement because we truly didn’t think this would ever happen.

If you want to know, you can find out what you are having (boy or girl) at the anatomy scan.  Assuming your baby is in proper position.

When Will You Feel The Baby Move?

Late into the second trimester you start to feel flutters/movements.

When I felt the flutters for the first time, I wasn’t quite sure what I was feeling.

It literally feels how you think butterflies would feel flying around in your belly.

But, as the movements became more frequent and more pronounced, there just is nothing like it.

Your significant other will want to touch your belly all the time at this point.  Embrace all the touching unless it is some one other than family. :p

If they aren’t family tell them to keep their hands to themselves unless you are ok with that sort of thing. :o)

When Will You Start to Show?

If you didn’t start getting a belly in the first trimester, have no fear your belly will be here most likely during the second trimester.

I didn’t start showing until after week 20.  I will be honest it gets old hearing “you don’t even look pregnant.”

When your bump starts to grow, it is just another thing that solidifies this is real.

However if you make it through the second trimester without a bump, it will mostly certainly make its appearance in the third trimester.

Pregnancy in the Second Trimester Starts to Feel More Real

Pregnancy starts to feel real, and the reality you are having a baby will sink in during the second trimester.

I’m sure this happens in the third trimester as well but differently.

This is especially true if you found out you were pregnant late into the first trimester.

We found out we were pregnant at 4 weeks, so there were points where the first trimester felt like it dragged on.

The second trimester for me might have been the fastest because during the second trimester, I was able to go about life as normal.

I had already told everyone the news who needed to know, and we wouldn’t register until super late into the second trimester.

Buy the Maternity Clothes

You will want to consider getting a few staple pieces in maternity clothes.

This is one thing I didn’t do, and if we have a second child, I will find some where to get maternity clothes.

Obviously, you have Motherhood Maternity, but I found pinkblush maternity late into the second trimester.

I bought my baby shower dress and my maternity pictures dress from pinkblush.

I am only 5’0, so it is already hard to find clothes that fit properly, and I wasn’t impressed by Motherhood Maternity(sorry not sorry).  They are expensive for short term clothes, and the clothes I tried on were not flattering at all and they didn’t fit everything was either too big or too small.

After pregnancy, I found out you can also rent maternity clothes.  Who knew!?!

Here is a link to some top maternity subscription boxes and rental companies.

You also have places like Old Navy (online only), Target, and Nordstrom (online) who also offer varying prices of maternity clothes.

I was very against maternity clothes, and I just bought flowy shirts and wore my own pants for as long as I could.

If anyone wants to band together and design an affordable and flattering maternity line, I am down!

Get a Good Supportive Belly Band

Consider buying a supportive belly band.

When my co-worker pointed out I was leaning back and pushing my pelvis forward, I knew it was time to get a belly band that would properly support my growing bump.

The belly band I bought was amazing.  It is made by a physical therapist, so you know she knows what your core and your body need during pregnancy.  I bought my band through Amazon, but they have an entire website of great prenatal and postpartum items.

My posture improved and I did a better job with keeping my abs engaged with this belly band.  I wore it all through my pregnancy and about 10-12 weeks after birth.

It was as advertised.

Second Trimester Gender Reveal

If you are finding out what you are having, you will want to plan out how you are going to tell everyone.

We have family here in North Carolina, some in Georgia, and some in Florida, so we told everyone over FaceTime.

I didn’t want to do anything expensive or over the top.  We had a leftover packing box, and on the box, we wrote “boy or girl?”.  We filled the inside with pink balloons.  When we would FaceTime, we would have them guess then empty the box.

There are some pretty elaborate ways to reveal the gender of your baby out there; have fun with it.

Read All the Baby Books

Start reading if you haven’t already!

I read What to Expect When You Are Expecting; this book really helped me not freak out if something wasn’t happening when I had it in my head it should.  It is a great guide for every trimester.

The Business of Being Born is a documentary you can watch especially if you are considering a natural childbirth.

The Bradley Method is another book to consider if you want to have a natural childbirth.

The Birth Partner was a book for my husband recommended by a friend.

Regardless of how you want to give birth, begin researching all the ways you can give birth because you will want to be prepared for everything if at all possible.

You may have a plan that you want followed, but your baby and body have their own plans.

Prepare yourself for ALL possibilities.

Why Are You Still Tired in the Second Trimester?

You are growing another human inside of you and your body is compensating for that.  It is normal to feel tired.

Make sure you are getting enough rest.

Don’t be afraid to take a nap!  Naps became my best friend.

Your body might be doing this for the first time; it is an exhausting process take the time to rest.

At night, when I started getting a belly I began sleeping with a pillow under my belly.  They make pregncacy pillows, but I did not buy one of these.  However, I think this might be something I seriously consider if there is a baby #2.

You have options if you start to get uncomfortable when sleeping at night.

Start Planning Your Baby Shower

If you haven’t done so already, start thinking about or even picking a date for your baby shower.

I did this at the very end of the second trimester.

Nursery Decor and Theme

Whether you are finding out what you are having or not, your baby will eventually need a room to sleep in.

Start gathering what you need for the nursery.

Maybe hire a painter if you so choose.

I am a planner, so I had ideas and we got lucky with our furniture.

If you need to stick to a strict budget, check out my post on how to decorate a nursery on a budget.

Maternity Pictures

Lastly, set up your maternity pictures.

Photographers fill up quickly especially if they do a lot of maternity, newborn, family, and wedding photographs.

Have several dates in mind and get with your photographer no later than the end of the second trimester.

Bump Pictures

One more thing! 😊 Remember to take pictures of your growing bump.

I wish I had been better about this.  I think I have maybe two pictures of my bump.

Document, document, document especially if it’s your first child.


Feeling Overwhelmed?

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What do you feel was an important step for you during the second trimester?  Leave it in the comments below.

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