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The Second Trimester: Exciting Things you MUST Prepare During Pregnancy

Symptoms, Growth, To-Do List During the 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy

So you’ve crossed the threshold of the first 13 weeks of pregnancy and entered into the 2nd trimester. Congrats! Maybe now it is feeling real. Hopefully, the nausea and some of the initial symptoms of the first trimester are subsiding. You are feeling more energetic again. Maybe you are ready to prepare for birth and life after baby. Let’s talk about what you need to know and do in the second trimester.

When is the Second Trimester?

The second trimester starts at week 14. The average length of pregnancy is 40 weeks and so each trimester is approximately 13 weeks. As the second-trimester starts, so do new stages in your pregnancy. Weeks 14-27 of your pregnancy are a great time to focus on preparing for life after the baby arrives.

During this season of your pregnancy, you can expect that your uterus will continue to expand.  Your body will experience some aches (chiropractors can be great!), your skin may start to show stretch marks, and skin changes and you will likely start to feel the baby move!

Symptoms of the Second Trimester of Pregnancy

During the second trimester, if you are lucky, you may get a break from some of the pregnancy symptoms you experienced early on. However, there are still many changes happening in baby and in you. Your belly will continue to grow and likely really pop during this time. Your hormones continue to fluctuate and your body continues to adapt to the caring for the baby growing inside.
Some of the symptoms you may experience include (but are not limited to):
-Leg cramps/Charlie horses (these were one of my worst pregnancy symptoms!)

-Dizziness/lower blood pressure

-Round ligament pain

-Varicose veins

-Swelling (especially ankles and feet)

-Tender breasts

-Nasal congestion

-White/clear vaginal discharge

-Dental problems

Learn more about your Baby’s Development During the 2nd Trimester here!

Start Preparing for Baby’s Arrival During the Second Trimester 

The second trimester is a great time to use your energy to prepare for the baby’s arrival. Yes, you want to prepare for labor and delivery. Also, you want to prepare for all the changes that come after the baby is born. A birth plan is great, but do not forget to create a postpartum plan as well.

Preparing Your Body For Birth During the 2nd Trimester of Your Pregnancy

When it comes to preparing your body for birth, this means taking care of your wellness while also prepping the body for the work of delivering a baby. Continue your exercise routines as you and your medical provider feel comfortable. Continue to prioritize proteins, healthy fats, complex carbs, fibers, and vitamins.

You want to prepare your core and vagina for birth. This means working with an expert in prenatal exercise, practicing visualization and pelvic floor movement for birth, and perhaps getting your partner involved with perineal massages.

Preparing Your Home For Birth During the 2nd Trimester

When you come home with the baby, you want to make things accessible and easy so that you have the time to rest and recover as needed. This is a great time to think about a snack and water basket for when you are trapped on the couch, easy access to diapers and feeding items, and food that you (or your partner or support person) can easily prepare. If you have a home with steps, ensure that you can remain on one floor for the first couple of weeks as your body recovers. Another way to prepare is to stock your bathroom with a basket full of the postpartum recovery times you will need.

Another part of preparing your home is preparing for the logistics. Who can help by bringing food? Who can help with pet or sibling care? Will you utilize the service of a postpartum doula or other helping professional? Have these conversations with your partner and do the research so that you can make the most empowering decisions for you and your family.

Learn more about your Baby’s Development During the Second Trimester here!

Preparing your Finances/Work-Life for Birth During the 2nd Trimester

As you prepare for your baby to be born, you want to know what the leave policies are for your place of employment as well as your partner’s (if applicable.) Talk with your HR department and get all the information on what is available to you and what you need to do in order to ensure you can take full advantage of your benefits.

This is also a good time to have a conversation with your partner and make a plan about finances. With a baby can come more unexpected situations and expenses and working to set aside money for the “what ifs” is a wise choice. While it can be tempting to go all out on nursery decor and onesies, work to find a balance that feels comfortable for you and your partner.

Preparing Your Mind For Birth During the Second Trimester

The hormones, lack of sleep, myriad of transitions… they can be difficult mentally as you adjust to new motherhood. During the second trimester, spend time asking about and learning your family history around mental health struggles. Also take this time to learn the signs of PMADS (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders). PMADs can show up during pregnancy as well, so be alert of your mental wellbeing.

Preparing Your Relationship For Birth in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy

While it is really beautiful to see your partner step into parenthood, there are also challenges like less time together, lack of sleep, changes in intimacy and decisions to make for the baby and your family. In preparing your relationship for birth, start the conversation about how you can share the load of household responsibilities, research that needs to be done, communication with friends and family. Take this time to list out things that make you feel connected to one another so that you can tap into those things when you need to.

As you move through the second trimester of your pregnancy and weeks 14-27, there are many things you can start researching, discussing, and preparing for so that you can move into parenthood with more understanding and preparation. While you can never be prepared for and control all aspects of having a baby, you can be proactive so there are less surprises!

If you are in the second trimester, join a kick-ass group of ladies preparing for life after baby with intention and honest conversation. Head to the group coaching page and find the next session of Postpartum Planning Group. If there’s not a group that matches your time needs, you can always do the self-paced eCourse as well!

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Pregnancy Memes: Hilarious Memes New Moms Need in Each Trimester

What are the stages of pregnancy?

As you track your pregnancy week by week, you likely know what size fruit your baby is or what should happen on your pregnancy trimester timeline. Sometimes, though, you need a relatable laugh from pregnancy memes for each trimester. Here they are to get you through when the weeks feel like years and the symptoms feel unrelenting. 

If you’re wondering what you can expect each trimester for mom and baby, you can check out my post over on the Zulily blog where I break down the stages of pregnancy, timeline of the weeks and all the changes. 

We know every pregnancy is different, but there are a lot of changes to expect as you go through each month and week of pregnancy, so here are some laughs to help you through.

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First Trimester of Pregnancy Memes

The first trimester is the land of morning sickness, tender breasts, increased visits to the bathroom and probably a lot of fatigue. Your body is creating a human, so that’s cool. As this happens you’ll have a roller coaster of emotions that impact your body in many different ways. Is your partner calling you moody while you are running to the bathroom trying to decide if you need to pee or puke next? Might be time to take that pregnancy test.


I knew I was pregnant the moment I tried to eat hot sauce and peanut butter in the same bite… and it was confirmed by the pink lines shortly after. Some women notice pregnancy symptoms before a missed period, some can go weeks without realizing they are pregnant. Either way, each journey is filled with some surprise and a variety of emotions as you prepare for this big change.
Related: Myths about motherhood

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Second Trimester of Pregnancy Memes

The second trimester brings a growing belly and boobs and is sometimes accompanied by new aches and pains (charlie horses drove me crazy!), skin changes, dental changes, and more. It is also when most moms start to experience the baby kicks. Some even call it the “golden” trimester but that’s still out for your own interpretation. I remember the second trimester as more energy, more cravings and more heartburn. Oh, and leggings. Lots of leggings. Check out some of my favorite clothes for pregnancy and beyond.

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Third Trimester of Pregnancy Memes

While the third trimester is the last trimester of pregnancy, that doesn’t mean it feels quick. The third trimester is the start of braxton-hicks cramping, often back aches, swelling and that frequent urination again. I remember the third trimester being back and forth- days when I tried to sit back and soak it up and days I just wanted pregnancy to be over. And still, lots of leggings.

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When you’re moving through the trimesters of pregnancy and preparing for birth remember no two pregnancies are the same and in the midst of it all, find some time and space to laugh. Want to know exactly how you and baby are growing through the three trimesters?
Check out my post on the Zulily blog with all the info.

The Fourth Trimester

Wait, another trimester? The fourth trimester is the time after you have your baby. This refers to baby adjusting to life outside of the womb and mom’s recovery. We love all things life after baby here at Postpartum Together and you can find lots of stories in the Postpartum category. During this time you also have a postpartum check up to make sure you are healing and adjusting!