Are you pregnant and needing a second trimester checklist that lays out EXACTLY what you should get done without the unimportant nonsense? This printable pregnancy checklist will be everything you’re looking for!
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Welcome to the second trimester!
Hopefully, you’ve recovered from all of the nausea and fatigue that comes with the first trimester.
The second trimester, week 14 through week 27, are when much more exciting things begin to happen. You’ll feel your baby kick for the first time, find out the gender, and you’ll finally get a noticeable baby bump.
While your energy has returned (it may go away again during the third trimester), it’s important to get as much done as possible without overdoing it.
This checklist will help you do just that!
I’ve even created a free roadmap
Hopefully, by now you’ve already done everything in the first trimester checklist so you’re ready to dive into the second trimester to-do’s.
Before we get started, I want to remind you that everything you choose to do is optional. This checklist is not set in stone and it may vary from mom to mom.
Only do what applies to you and what you have the energy to do. It’s important to get plenty of rest. Growing a human is hard work!
Alrighty, let’s dive into the things you’ll want to get done during your second trimester that’ll set you up for an easy peasy third trimester.
1. Announce your pregnancy
This was my favorite part of the second trimester. Well, announcing my pregnancy and feeling my daughter kick for the first time.
I wanted to do some exciting announcement to my family and friends on Facebook, but that didn’t happen. I ended up posting a picture from Snapchat onto my Facebook profile.
I even got my Yorkie, Jax, this cute bandanna but in typical dog fashion he wouldn’t cooperate and I was over trying to get him to participate for the picture.
2. Read pregnancy books
The very first book I ordered on Amazon was “What to expect when you’re expecting”. I only read about 3 pages of it before getting overwhelmed and never opening it again.
My favorite book was “Ina May’s guide to childbirth”. I knew I wanted to try a natural, unmedicated childbirth so this book was inspiring a gave me the motivation to try for a natural birthing experience despite being told by multiple people I couldn’t do it.
If books aren’t really your thing, The Birth Hour podcast is a wealth of knowledge. You’ll learn so much from the experiences of other moms.
3. Find a birthing class
Birthing classes fill up quickly so you’ll want to find one near you and register as soon as possible. Before you decide on any birthing class consider what type of birthing experience you want to have.
I chose to do the self-study version of Hypnobabies. Thanks to Hypnobabies I was able to make it through 31 hours of unmedicated labor before needing an emergency c-section.
What I love about Hypnobabies is that:
- You’ll be more comfortable and relaxed during your labor because you’ve been preparing for weeks in advance
- You know how to create a calm and peaceful birthing environment
- Most moms who use Hypnobabies have shorter labors because they aren’t resisting the contractions but working with them
- You’ll use fewer medications if any at all
Other classes you may want to consider could be:
- The Bradley Method
- Hypnobirthing (different from Hypnobabies)
Start searching now and decide if you would like a class that’s in person or from the comfort of your own home.
4. Consider a doula
“A doula’s duty is to provide a continuous source of comfort, encouragement and support (both emotional and physical) during labor.” (source)
This is one thing I wish I would’ve looked into more during my pregnancy. Maybe if I had a doula coaching me I wouldn’t have gotten the epidural.
Be sure to verify prices and get recommendations before just hiring the first doula you come across on Google.
“Studies have shown that doulas can help cut back on time spent in labor, reduce a mom’s anxiety, lower the rate of medical interventions (including C-sections) and improve mother-baby bonding post-birth. Their assistance has even been shown to improve your odds of breastfeeding success, since many doulas are also lactation consultants.”What to Expect
5. Create your birth plan
A birth plan is nice to have on hand just so you’re aware of all the options you have regarding your labor and delivery that may not be made clear to you by the medical staff.
A few things to consider for your birth plan would be:
- Limited visitors after birth
- Delayed cord clamping
- Unmedicated or epidural
- Limited cervical exams
- Dim lights
- Intermittent monitoring
- Pitocin only if necessary
I created my birth plan HERE for free and I learned so much in the process.
Most of my labor took place at home in my jacuzzi bathtub, but once I got to the hospital, the nurses were very respectful of my decisions and my doctor provided me with plenty of information to make informed decisions at each step in my labor process.
6. Consider cord blood banking
Stem cells in cord blood have the ability to help rebuild a healthy immune system damaged by disease. (source)
We chose not to do cord blood banking because it would’ve been too pricey for us. However, with the next children, we’ll continue to look into it.
According to Parent’s Guide To Cord Blood, there are 7 criteria for choosing a cord blood bank:
Look around and compare these criteria for each cord blood bank to see if this is a possibility for your family.
7. Start your baby registry
This is so much fun! You can start your baby registry before you even find out the gender of your baby.
A few of my favorite items that aren’t dependent on the baby’s gender are:
If you want to see all of my favorite baby items you can find that post HERE.
8. Plan the nursery
Don’t get carried away and take this to mean that you need to have your baby’s nursery finished this trimester.
Start a board on Pinterest where you can save baby nursery design ideas that you like. If you already know exactly how you want the nursery, now is a great time to get started.
I nested the most during my second trimester which was great because my third trimester was spent binge-watching Netflix.
If your baby’s nursery is currently being used as storage, then go ahead and start cleaning it out.
Quick tip: You can also start pricing items you like and snag them once they go on sale!
9. Maternity leave or stay home
If you plan on going back to work you’ll want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before taking maternity leave.
HERE are some questions you’ll want to ask at your job or college before taking maternity.
Make sure you understand how your leave is set up and what happens if you need bed rest, give birth prematurely, or have other complications that could affect your ability to work. Start thinking about when you’d like to stop working, how you’ll wrap up projects before you go, and which tasks and assignments you’ll pass to co-workers.Babycenter
Since I started my job in February and found out I was pregnant in April, HR notified me that I would only get 4 weeks of paid maternity leave.
I didn’t qualify for FMLA which is 12 weeks and I couldn’t use my short term disability insurance. So that’s when I knew I was gonna quit and be a stay at home mom (SAHM).
Luckily, we had already been financially preparing for the option of me staying home. We bought a smaller house that was very affordable, we saved over $1,000 each month from our paychecks, and we lived below our means to save as much money as possible.
To see how to better prepare financially for baby especially on a tight budget I wrote about that HERE.
10. Look for a pediatrician
I know it may seem early to find a pediatrician, but this process can take a while depending on your insurance and medical preferences.
A few things to consider when pediatrician shopping would be:
- Are they covered by your insurance?
- Are they accepting new patients?
- Do you want an MD, DO, or nurse practitioner (NP)
- Are they no vaccine friendly (if you don’t want vaccines)
- How long is the average wait time to get an appointment and once you’re in the waiting room
Read reviews, ask around, and interview a few pediatricians before making your decision.
Quick tip: If you plan on breastfeeding see if they have a lactation consultant in the office so you can keep your appointments at one location.
11. Start your childcare search
This is another big decision that you’ll want to consider as many options as possible and take your time deciding.
First, you’ll want to consider which type of childcare you want like:
- In-home daycare
- Daycare facility
- Parent’s day out program
Of course, the price is going to be one of the major factors. But you’ll also want to see if there’s a waiting list.
My friend has been waiting for over 2 months for a spot to open up at her favorite parent’s day out program, so don’t wait until the last minute to make this decision.
Quick tip: Check websites like care.com for a nanny or in-home daycare
12. Take a babymoon
So what the heck is a babymoon? This will be your last vacation before becoming a parent. Kinda like your last hoorah…but without the insane hangover the next morning.
The second trimester is the perfect time to take a babymoon since you’re not very big yet and this is typically the trimester when you have the most energy.
Quick tip: Check with your doctor or midwife to make sure it’s safe for you to fly or drive long distances.
13. Choose where to give birth
Do you want to have your baby in a hospital or birthing center? Maybe you want to do a home birth?
Start weighing the pros and cons of each option and don’t forget to verify costs.
If you decide to go with a hospital or birthing center try to schedule a tour during this trimester. These tours usually involve a lot of walking so don’t wait until the third trimester (like I did).
14. Be consistent with prenatal exercises
Exercising during pregnancy has many benefits including lower blood pressure and an easier labor.
If you want to be more consistent with your exercise routine consider joining a prenatal exercise class like prenatal yoga or a dance class.
This will help you stay motivated and build a tribe of other moms who may be close to the same stage of pregnancy you’re in. They will be your saving grace when you’re losing your mind from sleep deprivation.
15. Stock up on maternity clothes
As your belly gets bigger, your thighs and other areas of your body may start getting bigger as well.
My go-to maternity clothes are:
You’ll also want to make sure you have at least one comfortable pair of shoes or you can try these shoe inserts to make your current shoes more comfortable.
16. Schedule more date nights
Having a baby changes a relationship in many ways. Hopefully, you’ll find that your relationship is stronger than ever.
To improve your bond with your significant other and prepare your relationship, schedule a date night at least once a week.
This will be a sacred time for you two to reconnect and get on the same page when it comes to parenting and what to expect when the baby arrives.
17. Moisturize your belly
Once your belly starts expanding it’ll start getting pretty itchy. I used this belly butter every day to combat all the itchiness and keep the stretch marks away.
18. Find out the gender…maybe?
To find out the baby’s gender or not to find out? That is the question (Shakespeare’s voice).
My sister is one of the best secret keepers I’ve ever met in my life. The plan was for the ultrasound tech to write the baby’s gender on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope that I would give to my sister.
After that, she would plan a gender reveal party for us.
Well, my husband and I were too excited so we had the ultrasound tech tell us the gender. Even if you find out the gender, you could still throw a gender reveal party to let everyone else know the gender.
19. Prepare your pet
During my second trimester, our Yorkie was only a year old. He was rambunctious and loved biting.
Of course, that wasn’t gonna work very well with a newborn.
To prepare him I started playing YouTube videos of a baby crying a few times a week so he could get used to the noise.
I’m pretty sure he couldn’t have cared less and didn’t even pay attention.
Whenever she was born he wanted nothing to do with her so we set up his own area in the laundry room and that’s where he loves to hang out when he’s not outside barking at the neighbor’s three-legged chihuahua.
Quick tip: Don’t forget to make arrangements for your pet while you’re in the hospital.
20. Finish your to-do list
There’s always something around the house that needs to be done. This is the perfect time for you or your hubby to get them done so your third trimester can be used preparing the final touches for baby and relaxing.
21. Sleep on your side
As we learned in nursing school, it’s recommended to start sleeping on your side, especially your left side, which increases blood flow to your placenta and reduces swelling.
Try not to sleep on your back because the extra weight from your belly can put too much pressure on your veins and arteries which reduces blood flow to the placenta.
22. Arrange your baby shower
Anytime between 6-8 months is ideal to have your baby shower.
Decide if you even want a baby shower and if no one has volunteered feel free to plan it yourself.
There’s no shame in planning your own baby shower!
Famous last words…
So, this trimester is when you’ll want to get as much accomplished as possible without doing too much.
Take plenty of breaks and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Grab your copy of the Relaxing Pregnancy Roadmap
The most important thing is to enjoy your pregnancy and have fun while completing the checklist!