This trimester is the best! Most people’s morning sickness goes away and you start to get your energy back. Although my morning sickness didn’t go away, it let up A LOT. I was also able to make it through the day without just falling asleep.
This is the time to do everything you want. Seriously. Here is a list of things that are helpful to get done during the second trimester.
Spend time with friends. Get out there and have some lunch dates and go to parties! After the baby is born, it will be a while before you are able to do that again.
Go on dates with your husband. OK hold up, I did NOT say “spend a lot of money.” But do take some time to do some fun stuff together. Check out my blog post here for 25 cheap date ideas.
Create a budget. Your financial situation is about to change. Big time!!! Take time to sit down with your husband and figure out how your budget needs to change to make it work. Diapers are expensive. That’s a fact! I found this Baby Cost Calculator that was SUPER helpful. Input your information, (cloth diapers or disposable, child care or not, etc) and it will break it down and tell you approximately how much your baby is going to cost the first year.
Create a registry. This is SO. MUCH. FUN. If you are finding out baby’s gender, you might want to do this after you know. We wanted to know, but our son did not cooperate. 😉 So we ended up making our registry first and chose lots of neutral stuff. Lots of places with registries have incentives for registering there so do some research on the best place.
Have a baby shower. We actually had two showers since our family lives in two different states. This part is a lot of fun and is a great way to get family involved. Instead of doing a traditional baby shower, we did a family shower. That way my husband could be there, too! It was really fun and I was glad he was able to be there.
Register for a labor and delivery class. I waited until the 3rd trimester to do this and I almost didn’t get into a class! At least register now even if the class is a ways off. I STRONGLY recommend doing a birth class. It was so helpful!!! Both my mom and my sister-in-law told me I should take one although I was a little hesitant to do one. I have no idea why, but I was! It was also really helpful for my husband, too. If the class you chose does not offer a breastfeeding class as part of the package, I would sign up for a breastfeeding class too if that’s what you are planning on doing.
Do some research on birth options. Do you want an epidural? Are you going natural? Are you writing a birth plan? The doctor’s office I went to did not accept birth plans, so check with your doctor and see what they permit. I was on the fence about getting an epidural so I did a lot of research on both sides. It’s also a good idea to read up on c-sections. I was all set to have a regular delivery and I ALMOST went back for an emergency c-section. Even if that’s not what you want, it’s still a good idea to be knowledgable on the subject. That way if something happens you at least know what is going on!
Cook up extra freezer meals. Any time you fix a meal, double it and put an extra portion in the freezer. That way you will have plenty of easy meals after the baby arrives!
Mostly just enjoy yourself! I had all kinds of plans for my 3rd trimester that was never realized. Haha! Take advantage of that energy and enthusiasm! Also check out my post about being comfortable in the first trimester and what to do for you before going into labor.
What did you do in your second trimester? Are you in the second trimester now?