15 Genius Second Trimester Must-Haves

This survival kit for the second trimester of pregnancy is all of the must-have items for mom that’ll help make your pregnancy easier!

15 useful second trimester must-haves for an easy pregnancy

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It’s finally time to tell the world you’re growing a little human!

So many exciting things happen between weeks 14 through 27. You start feeling your baby kick, you find out if you’re having a girl or boy, and you’ll actually start looking pregnant instead of just looking like you ate a big lunch.

Has your morning sickness and fatigue gone away yet?

The second trimester is usually easier since your body has had time to get adjusted to all the changes happening.

Here’s a list of items from the first trimester that I continued using during the second trimester:

  1. Prenatal vitamins
  2. Pregnancy app
  3. Pregnancy journal

Here’s my second trimester must-haves you’ll be glad you have!

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4. Pregnancy pillow

Once your stomach starts getting bigger, sleeping becomes less relaxing and more of a hassle.

This pregnancy pillow is a game changer!

The shape of the pillow gives me so much comfort because it’s like a big hug. I went from tossing and turning all night to sleeping comfortably and waking up rested.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had to work with a pregnant woman that has body aches and didn’t get any sleep, but my coworkers can tell you how exciting I made their day. 😂

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5. Bellyband

The extra weight and pressure from your growing belly may cause some pelvic pain. A belly band helps support your belly and lessen the pain and pressure.

Being a nurse, I was on my feet a lot. As soon as I would sit down for a quick break it was time to jump back up and help another patient.

I noticed a huge difference in my pain level the days I would wear my belly band and the days I wouldn’t. I’m 100% sure I’ll be using it again for baby number 2. 

6. Belly butter

My stomach started getting very itchy during the second trimester which makes sense because my skin was stretching to make room for baby.

I made sure to use my belly butter multiple times a day to help with the itching and keep stretch marks to a minimum.

It was definitely effective for both itching and stretch marks! 

7. Maternity tops

At this point in the pregnancy, I was starting to hear the seams of my shirts popping every time I would put them on so I figured it was time to buy some maternity shirts.

Since I had a summer pregnancy, I ordered a few of these tank tops in different colors. I love them because I could dress them up with a cute cardigan and jeans or put on a pair of leggings and Sperry’s.

They’re very comfortable (you won’t get sweaty in them) and stretchy. 

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8. Maternity leggings

Since I love wearing leggings even before pregnancy, I ordered a few pairs of maternity leggings.

These were my favorite pair and to be honest, I still wear them when I’m not pregnant lol. They’re that comfortable!

Unfortunately, for a lot of us, we still look a few months pregnant after we have the baby. These leggings are definitely something you’ll want to pack in your hospital bag

9. Nursing bras

Let’s be honest, your boobies are gonna keep getting bigger and heavier which means at some point you’re gonna get uncomfortable.

I love these nursing bras because they are super comfortable, provide great coverage, and I can still use them for breastfeeding after the baby arrives.

My favorite thing about them is that it makes breastfeeding (especially at night) so much easier because I can unsnap it with one hand while I’m positioning the baby.

Anything you can do with one hand while holding a baby is a game-changer!

10. Water bottle

Your body is creating a lot of things like amniotic fluid and extra blood for your baby so water is vital.

I’m not gonna lie, and I’m one of those people that hate drinking water. It doesn’t taste good and I don’t get that refreshing feeling afterward unless I just finished a workout or something.

My best friend drinks so much water and I’ve always wished I enjoyed it as much as she does because it’s so important for your body.

I bought this water bottle thinking the writing on it will help me stay motivated and keep me on track. It didn’t lol.

But once I had the willpower and made the decision that I wanted to be healthy for my baby, this water bottle was amazing and made me challenge myself to drink more water and be committed to my health. 

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11. Exercise routine

Staying active is not only great for your health, but it can also make your labor easier and shorter (source). Some other benefits of exercising during pregnancy include:

  • Better sleep
  • Fewer mood swings
  • Improves your self image

Of course, talk to your health care provider before running out and spending $150 on home workout equipment.

I use 21 Day Fix by Beachbody because that’s the workout videos I was using before I got pregnant so my body was used to that form of exercise.

Every time I workout I have all the benefits listed above and I don’t even have to leave my house. 

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12. Heating pad

Between working out, being busy at work, and a growing belly, having some aches and pains is expected.

Most nights I would lie on the couch with my heating pad over whichever part of my body was hurting that day.

It was kinda like playing the lottery, I never knew if I would win a backache or a bum shoulder. But I for sure never won any money. So I guess it really wasn’t like the lottery at all. 😆

13. Epsom salt

Taking a warm (not hot) bath with Epsom salt while listening to a podcast or audiobook is so relaxing.

Using Epsom salt during pregnancy has been shown to:

  • Relieve aches and pain
  • Reduce stress
  • Help with hemorrhoids (which are very common during pregnancy)
  • Relieve itching caused by your skin stretching

I pour in some Epsom salt as the water is running so it’ll have time to dissolve before I get in.

Safety tip: limit your baths to less than 15 minutes so you don’t overheat which can cause dehydration. (Source)

14. Dresses

Some days you may feel like dressing up your bump. Just cause you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to wear leggings every day (unless you want to)!

I love maxi dresses and t-shirt dresses because I can make them look dressy or look cute and comfortable.

Depending on my mood I would either throw on a pair of hoop earrings and some wedges or a pair of diamond stud earrings and sandals.

Getting clothes that are versatile and you can still wear after pregnancy is vital so you get more bang for your buck. 

15. Snore strips

I had no idea that snoring during pregnancy happens to about 1 in 3 women (source). That’s a lot of mamas!

According to my husband, before I got pregnant I would only snore every few months and it was a “quiet, cute snore.” When I hit the second trimester I was snoring almost every night and it sounded like a freight train!

When he told me that I was mortified! But you know what? It wasn’t my fault.

The pregnancy hormones and the extra weight gain are the culprits so there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

To help him sleep better I ordered these nasal snore strips. They’re drug-free so I figured what the heck.

He said they helped some nights so I guess some is better than none! 

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Famous last words…

A lot is changing with your body during the second trimester. Make sure you’re prepared! 

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