Yay! You survived your first trimester and moved onto the second trimester of your pregnancy! Now that your in your second trimester its hard to know where to begin. There is so much to do in this portion of the pregnancy. Thankfully, you are likely at the point in your pregnancy where you will feel your best, so take advantage of this time and knock off the things in this second trimester to do list.
You might also like my post on how to survive the first trimester for tips and tricks on how to deal with all those awful pregnancy symptoms you might be experiencing!
Second Trimester To Do List
Create your baby registry
Not only is this so much fun to do, but I can guarantee you that once you announce your pregnancy people will begin asking you what you need for your baby. Having a registry will help ensure that gifts you receive are things you want and need for your baby. This will also save you time in the long run so you don’t have to exchange/ return items.
Look into childcare
Sometimes there is very long waitlists for daycare and childcare centers. Start considering your options now, if necessary, so you are not caught off guard later.
Start thinking about baby names
There are so many names out there it can be so hard to come up with the perfect one. Start exploring your options now and discuss them with your spouse. This will make it much easier once baby arrives, so you don’t feel like you are scrambling last minute for a name.
Plan and shop for the nursery
Getting the nursery ready is so much fun, but can also be a lot of work. There are so many things to consider such as the overall theme, type of crib, if you want a change table, buying the furniture, etc. It is a good idea to start planning it all out now, especially if you are on a budget so you can watch the items you want for sales. Also keep in mind that some larger pieces may need to be ordered in and this can take time. It took us 8 weeks to get our crib, I was very thankful that I had ordered it way ahead of time, even though it wasn’t built until a few weeks before our baby was born.
Look into birthing classes
These classes can be SO helpful in preparing you for what to expect in labour and delivery and other helpful topics such as pain relief. They can fill up pretty quickly though so it is good to look into early. Check with your health care provider for classes near you. There is also some really good online birthing classes as well.
My favorite birthing class is through Birth Boot Camp. They have both online and in person classes. There are so many different courses to chose from on their website from labour and delivery to breastfeeding. The even better part is that you can pick and choose what courses you would like to take specific to your needs! And your satisfaction is guaranteed! Seriously, go check them out here!
No one wants to talk about this but they can make such a big difference in your labour and postpartum recovery. Doing these now can prevent urine from leaking after delivery as well as prevent hemorrhoids. I would do them in the morning, afternoon, evening and at dinner time – but you do you!
Decide if you want to find out the gender
During the second trimester there is a big ultrasound that looks at the baby’s anatomy and checks that they are developing as they should. If you want you can usually find out the gender during or after this ultrasound.
If you don’t want to find out the gender or are planning a gender reveal make sure you are very clear about your choice with your ultrasound tech and all your health care providers. The last thing you want is for someone to accidentally spoil the surprise.
Spend time with your spouse
If you are a first-time parent, a lot is going to change when that little bundle of joy arrives. Spend time with your spouse, go on dates and enjoy just the two of you. Of course, you can still do this once your little one arrives, but it will certainly change how and when you are able to spend time just the two of you. If you already have kids, you know that adding in another child is going to change things as well. Take the time to enjoy eachother and strengthen your relationship even further.
Take a Trip
This is something I didn’t do and I totally wish I had. Now that my little one is here traveling is so much more challenging. I wish we had taken advantage of this time to just get away and relax – even just for a weekend!
The second trimester is such an enjoyable and rewarding, yet busy time. Enjoy it and good luck!