It's time for my second trimester pregnancy essentials, all the things I have found that helped me survive the second trimester of pregnancy and made those pregnancy symptoms just that little bit easier to cope with!
Pregnancy Essentials: Second Trimester 14 - 26 Weeks of Pregnancy
Pregnancy Pillow - During the second trimester my baby bump seemed to appear overnight and as the weeks went by I found it harder and harder to get comfortable nights sleep. On a trip to Mothercare I picked up the Dreamgenii Pregnancy and Feeding Support Pillow, at £36.99 its the most I have ever spent on a pillow but I justified it as it can also be used as a nursing pillow. I am also planning on taking this pillow with me when I have baby as apparently it can help ease the pain of labour.
Stretch Mark Creams - I earned my tiger stripes during the second trimester. Luckily I have not got any stretch marks on my tummy (touch wood) but I have started to gain a few on my bum and thighs. I am not too bothered by them as they are only small and in places that I never have on show anyway. Even so to help with the stretch marks and the dry skin on my tummy I decided to give some stretch mark creams a go. Out of the few that I have tried the one I like the most has been the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter. I purchased this from Boots for around £4. Firstly the tub lasts forever as a small amount goes a long way. I also love the smell and the butter is really moisturising.
Maternity Clothes - I finally caved and bought maternity clothes after bending down and splitting my leggings. Luckily I was home alone at the time which saved me any embarrassment. I headed to H&M after hearing about their reasonably prices maternity clothes and bought my first pair of maternity jeans and a few tops. If you missed my maternity clothing post you can catch up here. I really recommend over bump maternity jeans as the band gives so much support and feels really comfortable, by far the best pair of jeans I have ever owned!
Notebooks & List Making - Making it to the second trimester meant I could breathe a sign of relief and start to relax a little. I stopped worrying so much about another miscarriage and started to embrace being pregnant. We started making plans for the nursery and what we would need to buy for baby. I bought a notebook and went crazy making lists of all the things we needed to get and do. I found making a list really useful, as this is our first baby the shopping list quickly grew and having it written down meant we could sit down and take off the things that we really thought we needed but didn't!
Headphones - During the second trimester baby develops the ability to hear sounds from outside the womb so Ian was very eager to play baby music. Headphones designed for the bump can be so expensive so I started looking at what normal over ear headphones I could used instead. I found a cheap pair of over ear headphones that had ear pieces which could be turned outwards and laid flat on my bump. I was surprised at just how much Ava Mae kicks and squirms about when playing her music!
What did you find helped you through the second trimester of pregnancy?
Claire Louise Xx