Read all about my first trimester here
How are you feeling? What are your second trimester symptoms? How do you manage them?
The second trimester has been great! The morning sickness went away around 16 weeks and I'm definitely feeling more energetic. My skin is looking better now that I'm able to drink more water and eat a healthier diet. Things are generally easier in the second trimester and I'm not experiencing any terrible symptoms.
I've noticed I'm irritable and people are annoying me a lot more than normal. I was working a little too much in December and January and not getting enough sleep. That might be why I'm so frustrated with people, but overall inconsiderate people are really getting on my nerves these days. :) Luckily, managing my irritability is simple. Brian makes sure I have time to myself in the evenings (even if it's just 10 minutes of silence with a cup of tea) and that I get to sleep in on the weekends.
The other symptom I'm struggling with is ligament pain. WOW, it's intense this time around. It's actually so bad that I have to stop what I'm doing sometimes and just lie down until it passes. It was pretty bad when I had the flu and would cough while I was having ligament pain. That is honestly the worst pain and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. I have zero tips for managing ligament pain- unfortunately! If you do, PLEASE comment with any tried & true advice.
How is your body changing?
Not much to report here! Just getting bigger and bigger each week. I'm measuring about a week ahead though I'm not surprised (our last baby was almost 9 lbs!!). I'm putting lotion on every night to prevent stretch marks. Maybe it's genetic, the lotion, or a combination of staying hydrated, moisturized, and genetics, but I'm on baby #3 with no stretch marks and I'm hoping to keep it that way.
What's your favorite 2nd trimester pregnancy hack?
Foam rolling, coffee scrubs, and lots of water! Pregnancy takes a toll on my skin. My skin gets dry and loses the smooth and subtle appearance while I'm pregnant (yeah, the "glow" isn't a real thing for me). I get a little cellulite on the back of my legs and just overall blotchy and dry looking skin. It seems like this is due mostly to hormones and decreased blood flow. My favorite pregnancy hack to combat cellulite is to foam roll daily for increased circulation and to use this coffee scrub on my body once a week.
What is foam rolling? Myofascial release is a soft tissue massage for your muscles using low intensity forces by applying your bodyweight to a foam roller. Essentially, the purpose is to allow muscles and connective tissue to relax by applying gentle force, which improves blood circulation. If you're new to foam rolling, talk to your doctor and please research how to properly foam roll. I'll share a foam rolling 101 blog post by the end of the week for those who are interested in learning more!
Coffee scrubs are a life saver when it comes to dry and uneven skin. They reduce cellulite, moisturize, and promote proper blood circulation. Using the body scrub once a week is enough to benefit my skin. I don't see any reason to exfoliate more often than that.
My diet in the second trimester
Thank goodness my horrible morning sickness faded away! I'm eating a relatively healthy diet but also allowing myself to indulge more. I think a good rule for healthy adults to follow is the 80/20 rule. That means 80% of your diet is real food (veggies, seafood/meat, fruits, nuts, seeds, collagen peptides, eggs, unsweetened greek yogurt, etc.) and 20% is everything that doesn't fall into that real food category. I'm getting creative with cravings and trying to make clean treats. Lately I've had a cookie dough obsession and I'm using this recipe for a lighter option!
My workout routine in the second trimester
This is the most disappointing part of my pregnancy! In the past I've been able to workout as normal with no problems. This time I can't do anything strenuous because I'll immediately get crippling ligament pains. I am doing what I can as far as movement and I've learned to accept that I can't do an hour of intense or even moderate exercise. I'm walking a lot; I make sure to get at least 10,000 steps in each day. My favorite thing is weights but unfortunately I can't do much of that. I have 5 lb dumbbells at home that I use for 15 minutes almost every morning. I rotate muscle groups daily and use the foam roller each night. For lower body workouts, I just do low intensity bodyweight exercises such as different variations of squats, lunges, and standing/laying hip abductions.
My favorite 2nd trimester products
- Foam roller for proper blood circulation, cellulite control, and overall health.
- Coffee scrub to reduce cellulite, promote healthy blood flow, and moisturize/firm skin.
- Belly butter to prevent stretch marks.
- Calming essential oil spray for relaxing and de-stressing alone time. Shake the bottle and spray in the air. Sip tea and read a book or watch your favorite show. (sounds hippie-dippie but this is my favorite product on this list! lol)
- Maternity pillow: I avoided this for so long and I don't even know why. I'm probably still going to use it after the baby is here because it's so comfortable!
- Dumbbells for low intensity at home workouts.
- The bump app for all your pregnancy concerns and questions as well as to see how baby is growing.
- A good prenatal vitamin.
- Protein bars on hand in case you get hungry & to maintain normal blood glucose levels.
- Delicious sparkling water because chugging flat water all day gets boring sometimes!