5 Tips that helped me in my 2nd Trimester

My top tips and advice to the 2nd trimester of pregnancy


The second Trimester has been such a happy and exciting time for me and I am so glad I have been able to enjoy it so much. That is the one thing I really wanted from this pregnancy was and to embrace it and I was able to do that during the second Trimester.

A lot of the reason for this is some of the tips I did or used below. If you are pregnant and going in to your 2nd Trimester then I hope this will help you too. Please let me know in the comments section below if it did or if you want to share anything else with us then please feel free as sharing is caring ;).

Tip number 1 :-  If you haven’t already started then get working on that inner core (Pelvic floor, belly pump and TVA muscles).

The pelvic floor are a group of muscles, fascia and connective tissue that act as a support system to the internal organs, and spans from the tailbone to the pubic bone.  During pregnancy the weight of the baby causes increased pressure and strain on the pelvic floor which is why it is so important to train and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and afterwards.

The labor process can cause injury and stretching to those muscles, this is why it is critical to give the pelvic floor extra attention after delivery and before resuming prior pre-pregnancy level of activity to avoid pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence (ie. peeing while jumping, coughing etc.). If you do suffer from this after some time after birth a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic health can help with the correct exercises, stretches and guidance for your pelvic floor. While many people are aware of a “Kegel” it is not alway advised especially if the pelvic floor has hypertension and requires relaxation and stretching exercises. If you are really unsure how to switch on these muscles and practice watch this video below and go to a professional who can guide you.

(Go to minute 20:18 for demonstration) 

Tip number 2 :- Stay Active

At this stage of your pregnancy like myself the sickness has all cleared and you are starting to get that energy back. This is the time to really look after your body, nourish it, and prepare it for the the weeks ahead and after the birth. When it comes to fitness make sure you don’t start anything new that you haven’t tried before pregnancy. If you haven’t exercised before then my advise is to find a fitness professional who is qualified in pre and post natal training or a class that is certified and specialises in this area. This way you know you are not going to do any harm to your body you are only going to help it.

If you are a regular exercise goer then keep doing what you are doing but scale it down and really listen to your body. I would also recommend finding at least one class a week or PT to go to who specialises in this field as then you know you are doing all your exercises safely. You might be a fabulous runner but now once pregnant it feels uneasy, this is your body telling you to stop. Even myself who is a qualified PT and in pre and post natal training, I go once a week to a specialised pregnancy fitness class (FPC in Manhattan). I cannot recommend this class enough, I like the fact that for once some one else who is a professional in this area is checking up on me. The worst thing you can do as a very active person is stop exercising during pregnancy it is super important not only for the pregnancy but your recovery too.

On my next pregnancy blog post I am going to post my weekly work out schedule :). Stay tuned for that.

Benefits of working out during pregnancy

  • Easier labour and shorter recovery time
  • Maintain muscle mass
  • Elevates your mood and keeps a happy baby.
  • Helps moderate weight

Make sure you also enjoy what activity you choose to do as this is a special time for just you and to connect with your baby. Even if you are feeling still sluggish get your body moving 30mins per day whether that be even just walking. You will feel such benefits of it. Or even get a mama to be mini group together and go for walks or a class which is very motivating so you’re not doing this alone and .

Tip number 3 :- Make time for you & spend time with your partner.

No, Mama’s to be: It’s Not Selfish to Make Yourself a Priority

It is so easy to get caught up in preparing so much for the baby, sorting out stuff and also your general busy lives that we forget to just take some time for our selfs. Don’t feel guilty looking after your self also makes you a good mum. If you feel better you will feel more energised and happy. Also my thought process is when am I going to ever have this time again once the baby has arrived so I might as well make the most of it.

  • Have a pre natal massage
  • Soak in an Epsom salt bath with a relaxing lavender candle and some good tunes in the back ground with maybe a good book.
  • Go to a pre natal fitness class
  • Go and get a mani pedi who doesn’t feel like a new women after that.
  • Freshen your hair style with a good cut and color. Your hair grows so thick and quick when pregnant so you might be able to experience a different look ;). And I always feel so much better once my hair looks good.
  • Buy something pretty – Trade in that XXL partners jersey for a nice new nightie — you and your hubby will be so glad you did. It will make you feel sexy again.

At this stage of your pregnancy you should feel at your best. I defiantly did. So make sure to explore and travel to places you won’t be able to manage at the end of your pregnancy and once you have the arrival of your little one.

  • Go on as many date nights as possible. Enjoy couple time as much as possible and this special time you are both experiencing together before the beautiful chaos arrives hehe.
  • Book a baby moon and so that you have something to look forward to and you know this will be your last holiday for a while as a duo.
  • Make a movie night. Veteran moms will tell you: Once the baby comes, it’s a lot harder to do nights out. So take advantage of your freedom while you’ve got it — grab your partner and take in a flick and/or dinner. (You might need an afternoon nap if you’re planning on staying awake for both!)
  • And finally hang out with friends and enjoy being able to have the energy, freedom and time to do fun things with your besties.

 

Tip Number 4 :- Plan your eating (Preparation is key)

 

 

Another thing that has helped me so much to nourish my body with the correct food is to :

  • Write down and Plan the week ahead with the meals you want to eat correct nutrients vitamins you need to give you and your baby.

 

  • Make your snacks on the weekend for the week ahead – There are so many quick easy snack ideas. Try making my Rawnola energy balls that take 5mins to whip up. Other snack ideas are raw veggies with hummus, seed & nut mix ( put them in individual bags) so you don’t over indulge, mixed berries and chia seed puddings.

 

  • Wright a shopping lists – Try my shopping haul list to help you plan your meals for the week ahead. Make sure you have enough veggies, good carbs, fats & protein in your cupboards to grab quickly.

 

  • Know your cravings – By now you will know what you and your baby craves every known again so make sure you have healthy yummy options at home to grab at those times so you don’t grab for the unhealthy quick options. For example sweet craving have some dark chocolate in the the cupboard instead of milk chocolate. Frozen banana or mango to blend instead of ice cream. Cherries & berries instead of candy.

      Helpful products

Tip number 5 :Don’t go over board with maternity products   

You don’t have to spend a fortune on maternity clothes and products. It can be very over whelming when it comes down to products to help with pregnancy i.e stretch mark creams, balms and lotions. There are so many out there and so many different options. Know your body, skin type and style and stick to that. I have stuck to these main products and used them constantly every day to help prevent and help my body.

These creams and oils I mention below will certainly help to reduce the signs of  stretch marks and will for sure keep your skin nicely hydrated and firm. I wanted to find a balms/oils that are very nourishing made without: petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and also get into the deeper layers of my skin not just the surface (which a lot of the supermarket brands and other brands only do).

The truth is though If your mother had stretch marks, then you’re more likely to have them too, since genetics plays a role.. The best way for pregnant women to prevent stretch marks is to gain pregnancy weight slowly and steadily. If you do develop stretch marks during pregnancy, you may be glad to know that they will eventually fade and that is where these creams and oils will help a lot so make sure to keep up this routine afterwards too ;).

I have been using these products since 14 weeks in to my pregnancy. You can read my 1st trimester blog here which goes in to the products in more detail.

I mix the Rose hip and bio oil together in a bottle and then when applying it to my skin I mix it in with my Moisturiser so I am not to oily.

  • Epsom salts like I mentioned in my 1st trimester they have been such a help for my muscle soreness and that horrible feeling of excess water retention. Try a bath once a week and I can guarantee your body will feel so much better for it.

Products I started using in the 2nd Trimester

  • Honest beauty nipple balm (Haha I know your all thinking why?)Prevention is key and I read that by using this every day before birth it helps with the soreness and dryness you experience when breast feeding. It also feels really nice when your boobs start to hurt in pregnancy. Sorry for the TMI but these are my honest tips ;).

 

  • Skin compression socks Only for travel but they are literally the best thing ever. I have traveled quite a bit during pregnancy and the first time I fly my ankles were like elephant feet & my stomach felt like it was going to pop. After wearing these on my last long haul flight to and from NYC-London I experienced zero swelling or muscles ache.

 

  • Belly bandit belly band I have only used this twice so far for travel and running and it’s super supportive. I will be using it more in my 3rd trimester when my stomach is much bigger and I feel that I have more pressure going gin to my pelvis. If you are already experiencing pelvis, hip and lower back pain when walking around and in exercise then I would highly recommend wearing one of these bands as not only will it help you now it will help your muscles recover faster afterwards too as they will be less stretched because they were supported.

 

  • Take the right Vitamins – During your second trimester, it’s especially important to eat foods that are rich in iron calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. These nutrients will help your baby grow strong bones and teeth. It’s also beneficial to eat foods containing omega-3 oils, which are vital for your baby’s brain development.

 

Top necklace – Zara, Skirt Topshop (Sorry I cant find these items any more but linked similar style top below)

 

  •  Pregnancy clothing – Just because your pregnant it doesn’t mean you have to lose your style and identity. At first I felt so confused on how to dress and when to buy clothes for it. I looked around and it was all so frumpy and over priced. Luckily for myself I didn’t need bigger clothes until week 22. My advise is don’t bother shopping around until you start to pop, make do with your more comfortable floaty clothes. I still now don’t buy maternity clothes I have loved shopping on asos, zara, h&m & gap as this spring/summer they have had such a vase range of floaty dresses, skirts (with elastic) and tops. Once I had found a style I liked on my self which suits the bump I have stuck to that and when ever I shop I stick to that. I buy mostly two sizes up unless its super baggy so then I know it will last me through out.
Outfit linked below

What I have purchased so far. If still available I have linked them to the brand name below for you to purchase or something similar.

 

Asos dress linked below 🙂

 

Asos dress linked above 🙂 for my baby shower!

Once you have that all covered its quite refreshing always knowing each day what you are going to wear because its more limited :). Final part is jazz the outfits up with new accessories and cute shoes ;).

 

Stay tuned for my 3rd trimester blog and my weekly work out schedule where I show you my workouts, talk about how I stayed on a healthy eating track and what products I found useful. Follow my pregnancy journey and fitness tips on my Instagram page @_Roxyfit_. Let me know if you have found this blog helpful and if you are also pregnant and have any products that you would like to share please comment below. I love to hear of new tips and ways to help this beautiful journey.

Our little bundle of Joy!

Roxy

Hey, I’m Roxy!I am a ex professional tennis player and now a personal trainer and fitness blogger. I love to write about fitness, healthy eating and living an active lifestyle. I made this brand and platform to inspire and motivate others to be the best versions of themselves! No need to follow any trends, its all about finding the right healthy lifestyle for you.

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