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The Ultimate Guide To The Second Trimester Of Pregnancy: 10 Moms Share Tips And Advice

Ahh, the second trimester of pregnancy… You’re not too big to be completely uncomfortable, your bladder gets a little break, nausea may (or may not) have lessened, and people can usually actually tell that you are pregnant by just looking at you instead of assuming that maybe you’ve just put on a little weight. Can you tell I loved the second trimester? ūüėČ

 

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Before sharing our guide, I would like to apologize. When I wrote the Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester of Pregnancy, Stephanie and Shani were a few weeks into their second trimester. Both ladies have now had their babies. In fact, those babies are a few months old. Oops! I had every intention of getting this series completed over the summer, and life got in the way. Since then, it has been a bit hectic. Sorry!

What do the 10 experienced Moms from Sticky Hands Mommy Panel have to say about the second trimester of pregnancy? Quite a bit more than we thought we would. I think that may be a running theme with us though. HA!

 

Please note that NONE of us are medical professionals. Contact your doctor or midwife for official medical advice before trying something that we suggest.

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What do we feel that you can not go on without knowing? Did we miss anything? Read through and then share with us in the comments!

 

The Ultimate Guide To The Second Trimester of Pregnancy

  • ¬†You may still have morning sickness.¬†– And if you do, we are so sorry. If only our bodies could get the memo that the first trimester is over and the second trimester has begun. But nooooo… it has to just do what it wants. For some it may still end soon, for others it will last until the baby is born. Continue doing what you and your doctor feel is right for you as far as treatment of the symptoms. Feel free to drop us a line here or on our Facebook page to ask for prayer. You have our full sympathy.
  • Was that gas, or did the baby just move? – That first wiggle or kick that you feel may not be obvious. If this is your second baby, it may not even feel like it did the first few times you felt your previous babies move. On the other hand, it may be really obvious. You may feel it as early as 11-12 weeks or as late as 18-20 weeks. I felt my oldest baby move at 12 weeks and went on to have another baby later that I wasn’t really sure I was feeling them until about 15 weeks. It all depends on where your placenta is located, how baby is positioned, the baby’s size, if your baby is very active or calm, etc. Don’t stress if you’re not feeling your baby move yet. But for peace of mind, ask your doctor about it at your next appointment. It never hurts to ask!
  • Even if you try to scare your baby, they will still have hiccups. –¬†I actually once met someone who attempted that. Don’t YOU attempt it though. Not only is the theory that scaring someone to get rid of hiccups false, but I don’t think you can actually scare a fetus from the outside. (Am I really writing this?) Anyway, yes, you may be feeling your baby’s hiccups. Some of my babies never had them, others did. One had them all the time. They can get annoying if they are constant and you are trying to sleep, but they will eventually go away. When kicks, wiggles, and hiccups get to be a little too much and you want to relax, try having a glass of water, moving around a bit, and then resting. A few months from now, none of this will work and your baby will kick you hard just as you are beginning to snore. (Oh, yeah, you may begin snoring now, too. We won’t tell anyone if you don’t…)
  • Making lists, checking them twice, and then adding more to them… and where did all of this energy come from?¬†– If nesting hasn’t hit yet, it will soon. Nesting is one of those things about pregnancy I miss the most. You may have been someone who was never organized but now feel the need to label everything in the house. Try not to over do it by doing something that would not be safe for you or baby. However, if this is your first, this may be your last chance to clean¬†your entire house in one session and keep it that way for more than 2 minutes. As long as you are not hurting anyone, go for it. Just remember to take breaks.
  • Maternity clothes are nothing to be afraid of.¬†– Many of us are excited to finally be able to walk into the maternity boutique and pick something out while also enjoying the bags of barely used clothes from our friends and family. For some reason the idea of wearing maternity jeans was something we looked forward to from the day we found out they existed. For others, it may seem bizarre and unnecessary. However, our friends that held out and refused to try maternity clothes until their second or third pregnancies quickly stated that they wished they had just given in with that first pregnancy. I can not emphasize how much easier these items are on function and comfort. Everything stays covered and doesn’t hurt. Try and see if you can borrow some items from friends and hit up consignment shops as it is a bit pricey to buy an entire wardrobe to wear for only a few months. (And if you outgrow something, don’t pass it on immediately. You may need it during the first few weeks of your postpartum period… or you can be like Joey on Friends and pull those pants out on Thanksgiving every year. One of us might do that, I’m not saying who though…) If you were to only have 5 items of maternity clothes, I would suggest a good pair of pants, 2¬†long camis or tank tops, a sweater or jacket depending on the season, and a dress or skirt.¬†Some of my favorite items were found at Target/Walmart/Kmart during clearance sales for very cheap! (As in less than $10.)
  • Hello, boobs… and what is THAT?! – You’ve probably already noticed a ton of changes in your breasts. I’m just going to go ahead and say what you’ve probably heard from your mom or best friend: get a good bra. Go try one on and make sure it has some elasticity in the cups so that as you grow you will remain supported. (Again, my favorite maternity/nursing bras were mostly at Target and Walmart, though a few of them were from Motherhood Maternity. Believe me, I looked everywhere as I was really uncomfortable. Who knew the best ones were just down the street at the mini mall?) All of that being said… you may start leaking a little colostrum now. If you don’t, that’s okay, too. Go ahead and get some nursing pads so that you have them on hand. Put a few in your purse, too. Just when you thought you didn’t have to carry any pads around, this happens. I know… But it’s worth it to save the embarrassment. During this phase washable pads are probably best as you won’t really be leaking enough to get your money’s worth out of the disposable ones.
  • Ouch! Was that a contraction? Is everything okay? – If you are ever unsure of any pain you are experiencing, call your doctor or midwife. There is so much going on in your body that it probably isn’t labor, but it’s always best to be safe. Braxton Hicks contractions can take you by surprise and may even cause you to catch your breath, but if they stop after a couple glasses of water and some rest you are likely okay. You may also experience pain due to stretching of your round ligament muscle. Pain can also come on from your pelvis and hips expanding. It can be intense! When this happened to me, I began wearing a maternity belt and found a surprising amount of relief, especially from the round ligament pain. (And that discomfort for some reason gets worse with each pregnancy. I was surprised with my 3rd when my doctor told me that I will probably experience more pain and discomfort, but she was right. I did!) If you feel at all uneasy, call your medical provider. If you leak any type of fluid, call your medical provider on the way to the ER. If your Braxton Hicks are causing pain and not stopping, call your medical provider. Never second guess your intuition. It’s better to feel silly for making a phone call than to not check at all. Trust me.
  • Take the time now to read up on labor and breastfeeding. – I’m a big nerd. I could never read enough about labor and delivery. Even after my first baby was born, and actually before I was ever pregnant. It just fascinated me. I can’t even remember how many books I had, but it was a lot. I even had a computer software that was a Lamaze/Bradley class. Of all of them, I remember my favorites being¬†The Birth Book by Dr. Sears and Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn¬†by Penny Simkin. If you plan on breastfeeding, some great books that I enjoyed are, surprise, The Breastfeeding Book¬†by Dr. Sears and¬†So That’s What They’re For! by Janet Tamaro. When you are prepared and know what to expect, etc, it dissolves so much of the fear of what will happen. If you know that this thing is going to happen when that other thing happens, you don’t panic. When you know that your baby isn’t starving, but is actually going through a growth spurts and needs to eat a bit more than usual, you aren’t feeling like a failure. Knowledge: It’s a good thing! The more you know…
  • People may want to touch your belly or tell you their horror stories. – If this bothers you, nicely ask them not to do these things. For some reason everyone thinks that a pregnant belly is a community property and that the mother needs to hear every single persons battle saga. Neither are true. If you enjoy it, fine. If you don’t, then let others know that you just can’t handle it. You don’t have to give excuses, but do please be nice… because we all know that hormones can come out in our tone of voice. (Then again, if the person is pushy, that may not be a bad thing… ūüėČ )

 

This post is just one of many posts in our

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy

Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy series!

Check back with us for some FREE, fun, and CUTE pregnancy printables! Some of those posts include:

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The Ultimate Packing List For Labor And Delivery – With FREE Printable

 

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ByAngie

The Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester Of Pregnancy: 10 Moms Share Tips And Advice

Nothing in life compares to that first trimester of pregnancy. Not even the other two trimesters. So many emotions come along with it, along with symptoms that you never knew were possible. It’s exhilarating, exciting, and yet can be downright depressing if you are so sick that you can’t function or the pregnancy was not planned. Even if you’ve been through it before, something may take you by surprise and leave you with questions. Who better to guide you than 10 experienced Moms from Sticky Hands Mommy Panel?

 

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So just what is it that goes on during this mysterious time that is the first trimester of pregnancy? While it is talked about more now than it was in the past, there are still things that you may not have heard since a large percentage of women still keep their little secret to themselves until the trimester is over. (A few of us weren’t that patient, others were… I, for example, was always on the phone as soon as I found out… while the pregnancy test¬†was still in my hand.) Read on to read the ultimate list of tips, advice, and facts that we feel you just HAVE to know!

The Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester of Pregnancy

  • You’re not crazy. – You may feel like you are, but you are not. Your hormones are just jumping all over the place, causing you to cry about anything and laugh about everything… neither at an appropriate time.
  • You may not get morning sickness. –¬†Some people do, others don’t. That’s just how it is. If you don’t get queasy, that doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you or your baby… Nor does it mean that you won’t have it if you have another baby. Each and every pregnancy is as individual as each and every one of your children and will never be identical from one to the next.
  • This pregnancy may be completely different than any you had before.¬†– Read above. ūüėČ Yes, we are repeating ourselves, but it really is something that may be hard to realize even if you already know it. If things are not going this time like they were another time, don’t panic. Shani, who is expecting right now, has said that her pregnancy this time is completely opposite of her pregnancy last time. With her oldest she had nearly no symptoms and this time she could probably check off every one on the list.In addition, never listen to other’s horror stories, kindly ask them to save them for after the baby is born. The chances of you having the same thing happen to you are slim¬†and you do NOT need those thoughts in your head. Keep this time as peaceful as possible.
  • There’s a whole lot of discharge going on.¬†– This¬†is one of those things that most don’t talk about because it’s, well, gross. But it happens. TMI, I know… But you can’t really talk about pregnancy with other moms without involving TMI, as you will see more and more as we get deeper into this series. It may smell or look different than before. It is just your body doing what it’s supposed to do. However, if it has a foul odor or you have other symptoms of an infection, call your doctor or midwife.
  • Cramps and spotting sometimes happen.¬†– With any spotting or severe cramping, call your doctor or midwife just in case. ¬†But you will cramp, and it does not always mean miscarriage. Your body parts are moving around, growing, and adjusting. That’s not exactly comfortable, you know? But like we said, call your doctor or midwife if you have any concern. That’s what they’re there for!
  • Constant trips to the bathroom.¬†– Chances are you know this by now, but just in case, we’ll tell you any way. The bathroom visits¬†will let up a little in the second trimester, and then get worse in the third. Warning: Your bladder may never be the same. There’s a chance it will stay just as it is, but the majority of us are not so fortunate. Just remember that when your little peanut is a teen and makes you laugh so hard you pee your pants, you’ll be able to joke “YOU did this to ME!” Okay, maybe not, but either way know that you won’t be the only one. Also, while you may be peeing a lot, that may be all you are doing in there… All thanks to slow digestion. More on that in a minute… If it gets bad, ask your doctor or midwife if you are able to take a stool softener or use other natural methods to get things moving.
  • There are not enough hours in the day… for SLEEP!¬†– You’re exhausted. Why? Because your body is working overtime to create that little person growing in you. That’s why you feel like you’ve just finished running a marathon when all you did was lay on the couch all day. (Well, when you weren’t running back and forth to the bathroom.) Give yourself grace and sneak in as much rest as you can. This can be especially hard if you have older children, obviously, but make time wherever you can. Your body and baby need all that rest you are craving. If you don’t rest now, you are going to be angry at yourself in the third trimester and when you are sleep deprived with a newborn, feeling as though you took rest for granted when you had the chance.
  • When it comes to prenatal vitamins, try gummy or chewable over capsules or caplets.¬†– This is not only because of morning sickness, though if you do have morning sickness this is a great option, but also because when you are pregnant your digestive system slows down to barely moving. (Which also means a lot of gas! BEWARE!) The easier something is to digest, the less trouble it will give you overall. Gummies and chewables absorb into the body at a higher rate as well. During my last pregnancy, I preferred using Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins¬†and usually took them after a meal so that they felt like a treat. Win/Win!
  • Drink as much water as you can stomach.¬†– You may be nauseous and constantly peeing, but if you become dehydrated you’ll feel so much worse. Being someone that does not like water, I added a splash of juice to my water to make it more tolerable. Another great option would be water drops.
  • Pregnancy brain is real, so keep a journal.¬†– Right now you might think that you will never forget anything about this pregnancy, but you will. Between pregnancy brain (Oh, it’s real alright! Just wait!) and the sleep deprivation coming in a few months, you’re going to forget a lot of things that later you will wish you remembered either for the sake of a memento or what you meant to ask your doctor or midwife about.
  • Invest in a good body pillow. –¬†The type of pillow depends on your preference, but as your body shifts (even before you are showing!) you will have a hard time getting comfy. It also aids in keeping you from laying on your back. The options are endless from a wedge type support¬†to a full blown total body pillow. Whatever you decide on, use one. You’ll see why once you start using it, and thank us for insisting on it.
  • Belly bands¬†are awesome! –¬†Self explanatory. ūüėČ
  • So are books and apps!¬†– And they are great to have for all that time you’ll be spending in the bathroom… Just sayin’. Some of our favorites are What to Expect When You’re Expecting,¬†Pregnancy For Dummies, The Healthy Pregnancy Book,¬†and the BabyBump Pregnancy App. Shani loves The Business of Being Born¬†and it has inspired her to have a home birth this time around.
  • Morning sickness is brutal. Sadly, there is no cure.¬†– Things that help? Oh yeah. But completely take it away? No. Morning sickness can range from as mild as queasy feeling here and there or just vomiting at the same time every day to needing a medication to keep you from becoming dehydrated/trips to the hospital for IV fluids/permanent PICC line/etc. Here are some tips we have to help with it. Once again, check with your doctor or midwife before doing any of these:
  1. When feeling terrible, breathe in your nose and out your mouth.
  2. Eat throughout the day and keep crackers (or something that is appetizing to you) next to the bed for when you wake up.¬†An empty stomach is an angry stomach! It will revolt! Once it’s empty, it’s hard to reconcile with it. It has a mind of it’s own at this point, and it’s just as hormonal and moody as you are.
  3. Eat what you are craving. –¬†Whatever it is may seem weird, like a lunch time food for breakfast. Go with it. Some believe that there is something in your craving that your body needs, and I believe that to be true… most of the time. Once again, remember that you don’t want an empty stomach. So if what you are craving feels like the only thing you can eat, go with it. But don’t be surprised if you hate the food tomorrow and never want to eat it again. Silly hormonal mood swingin’ stomach… It never knows what it wants.
  4. Be careful with homeopathic and natural remedies!¬†– Always ask your doctor or midwife before trying anything! Just because something is natural does not mean that it is okay to use while pregnant. While we suggest awesome things like ginger capsules, sandalwood and/or ginger oil, and Pregnancy Herbal Tea¬†(LOVE this stuff! So good!) or Ginger Tea, still check with your medical professional before using them. The “rules” of pregnancy are constantly changing, you know… Just ask your Mom what she was allowed or not allowed to do while pregnant.
  5. If your doctor or midwife approve, stock up on antacids and sour hard candies.¬†– It may sound silly, but they really are a life saver… No pun intended. Those of us that have have been pregnant since their invention all insist that Preggie Pops¬†have to be on this list, though old fashioned lemonheads (and similar type candy) will work in a pinch. Preggie Pops are not as loaded with sugar so they are a little easier to stomach. Antacids have a variety of benefits, but be careful because too many will just contribute to your constipation.
  6. Try to avoid sights and smells that will trigger nausea. РEasier said than done, right? Especially if you have kids. But do explain to your husband, family, and friends the importance of keeping these things off your radar, and whatever you do, avoid commercials! Blech!
  7. Acupressure wrist bands help!¬†– Whether you choose Psi Bands, Sea-Bands, or another type of band, they will help. Best part? No worry about putting something in your body that’s bad for baby.
  8. Buy/recycle a canister or pitcher with flip top lid.¬†– My Mom came up with this when I was pregnant with my oldest. She had a brand new car and was afraid I would ruin it, so she bought me a pitcher with a flip lid and small trash bags. Insert a trash bag into the pitcher as you would a waste basket, snap on the top, and when you get sick just open the top. After, close it up until you reach a trash can. Keeps things a little less messy, the smell somewhat contained, and your mom’s new car still smelling new. I would suggest though that if you choose to use one that you have used in your kitchen that it does not have a lingering odor in it, because you won’t like that. Trust me.

Wow, that’s a lot of information, I know. But don’t be overwhelmed. Also remember that if you are in need of prayer, you are always welcome to submit a message to the Mommy Panel, email, message us on Facebook, or comment with your request.

If you are just finding out that you are pregnant and are in a predicament you were not ready for, please know that some of us have been there. There is nothing too big for God, and we are always here to talk if you need someone to chat with.

 

This post is just one of many posts in our

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy

Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy series!

Check back with us for some FREE, fun, and CUTE pregnancy printables! Some of those posts include:

The Ultimate Guide to the Second Trimester of Pregnancy - 10 Moms share tips and advice - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven
The Ultimate Guide To The Second Trimester of Pregnancy

FREE Printable Pregnancy Planner

The Ultimate Packing List For Labor And Delivery – With FREE Printable

 

Any questions? What would you add to the list?

 

 

 

ByAngie

Have a question? Need advice? Introducing The Sticky Hands Mommy Panel!

I know, you’re sitting there thinking “Whaaa? ‘Sticky Hands Mommy Panel’ so women can get anonymous Christian advice? Weirdos… Why would I ask them anything?”

However, I think we’ve all been there at some point. We either needed help with an embarrassing subject, had no one in our lives that was able to relate to our thought or was momentarily unavailable, would like a second opinion, or maybe we just want prayer or are ¬†in need of someone to bounce an idea off of.

 

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Motherhood is an adventure from the moment you begin thinking about it. An overwhelming adventure at that. There’s information overload everywhere you turn! Yet sometimes, the answers aren’t so obvious or clear, especially when it comes to being a Christian with some of those questions. How the world might feel about one topic may not rest well with you and you just need to ask someone.

Well, here we are friends. We’ve actually been here all along, but it only recently dawned on me that we haven’t been so clear that we are readily available. ¬†No request is too small or silly. Have a question about pregnancy, devotionals, homeschooling, scripture, a past post, or anything else? Send it on in! We won’t bite. Promise.

I will state that we are NOT experts. ¬†However, we have lived through experience. If we don’t know the answer, we will try our best to find someone who can.

Later this week we will begin our series on motherhood, from preconception to, well… we haven’t gotten that far… Be sure to come back and read along! We look forward to hearing from you!

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