Second Trimester Musings

Second Trimester Pregnancy Tips

According to the internet the second trimester of pregnancy is from week 13 through week 28. I’m now into week 31 so before I completely forget how my second trimester went I figured I should write it all down and share my tips!

My first trimester wasn’t terrible but looking back it wasn’t all sunshine and roses either. I had all-day nausea though I never got sick. I was tired and bloated but still managed to go to work and get the basics done. My doctor kept telling me the second trimester was when you feel the best, but I didn’t wake up one day immediately feeling amazing. The transition into my second trimester was gradual.

Right around week 17 I noticed I no longer needed daily naps and my nausea was gone. Of course once one symptom ends another begins. 😉

1. Swelling. My ankles began swelling at week 17 particularly during work. When I wore leggings the seams left indentations in my legs but it would return back to normal. At first I tried athletic compression socks but they didn’t cut it. Instead, I received a prescription for medical grade socks and wear them at work and traveling. They work wonders!

2. Heartburn. I’m not totally sure if it’s heartburn or acid reflux but either way I have it daily. I now keep TUMS on hand. I haven’t researched other ways to combat the burning sensation because thankfully TUMS does the trick.

3. Protein. I don’t need to eat quite as frequently but it’s essential for me to have a good combination of protein and carbs at every meal. This of course is in addition to a bounty of fruits and vegetables.

4. Chiropractic Visits. Oh goodness. My hips have always been an issue but of course they’ve gotten worse with the weight gain and the widening of my pelvic bones. I haven’t been able to go to the chiropractor every week but I always feel refreshed afterwards, though I do feel a bit sore for the first day or so (which is pretty normal). The adjustments also help my back and neck.

5. Be Your Own Advocate. As sweet and present as Jordan is, his body isn’t changing daily. When we’re out and about, it’s my job to let him know if I need to sit down, have a snack or find a bathroom. We joked on vacation that I spent 1/3 of my day just trying to find a bathroom! This also goes for your work environment.

Photography © Kate De La Rosa

28 thoughts on “Second Trimester Musings”

  1. I feel like I spend a third of my day looking for bathrooms already so I can’t even imagine what it will be like once I’m pregnant haha!

  2. Oh the swelling and the heartburn – that never went away for me. I hope you find some relief for your hip pain, I know that can make a person miserable. You’re doing so great, and you look adorable!

  3. Oh, man – I learned where every bathroom was in every place in our mall, grocery store, library, etc. when I was pregnant. At least that catalog of knowledge continues to come in handy later when you’re carting around a baby and looking for a place to change a diaper 🙂 I had a similar experience with thinking the 1st trimester wasn’t so bad until I gradually came out of the fog in the 2nd and realized the fog that had been there – hope you enjoy this portion despite some of the discomforts. I found an occasional prenatal massage and also pedicures to be nice refreshers and/or splurges…

  4. Ah yes, all the pains! Heartburn = I literally drank Gaviscon by the shot, week after week. I have a bottle in my kitchen, my bathroom, and my car! My hip is always problematic but definitely worse this time around – I haven’t made it to the chiro yet though. :/ My chiro when I was pregnant with Bug told me though to make sure to get an adjustment within the first 6 weeks of having the baby because the relaxin hormone is still flowing through your body, so ‘correcting’ all of the trauma of birthing a baby and what it does to your pelvis / hips / back is much simpler then. (marked as ‘things to remember’!)

  5. The day after Jack was born, when we were still in the hospital, I joked with Chris that I felt better than I had in months. Because even though I was in pain from labor, THE HEARTBURN WAS FINALLY GONE!

  6. How cute are you!! You make being pregnant look so fantastic!! Love the pic you shared!

    Everything you talked about is what I dealt with too! I would have to say the heartburn was the worst for me though. It made life miserable. Usually tums worked for me too luckily and I learned when and what not to eat so I could reduce it as much as possible! Good luck girl you look great!

  7. hahah in California my husband kept saying “I’m never taking you on vacation again!” Because we had to stop like every 20 minutes for me to pee. We have a lot of the same symptoms and I totally feel you, once one goes away, a new symptom shows up! You are so close though, when is your official due date?!?

  8. Oh so sorry to hear that you had to/have to deal with so much pain and what not. I am sure it will be over soon and it will be all worth it (I know, easy for me to say). I am no mom so have no tips for you, hang in there, hugs!
    xx, Kusum |

  9. Oh my goodness the chiropractor is my best friend during pregnancy! I’m at 30 weeks now and it has helped me so much with back pain. I’ve been getting crazy heartburn like you, too. I discovered papaya enzymes which work even better than TUMS for me, plus they are natural.

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