Yay Mama! You have completed your first trimester and now you are heading into Trimester 2.
The bad news about it is that your pregnancy symptoms are not over yet. The good news is, this trimester will be your favorite!
You might find yourself more active, energetic, and full of motivation to take on anything going your way. If so, then you are ready to take on my trimester 2 action items.
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1. Getting Active
This is the time to start working on your health. More energy means more motivation to move around, walk, swim, or exercise.
Becoming active helps you in numerous ways:
- Prepares your body for labor
- Helps your mind stay positive
- Increases your mood and energy
- Reduces pregnancy symptoms such as back pain, constipation, and muscle cramps
- Promotes blood flow
With these health benefits in check, you can try several pregnancy-safe activities that are fun and uplifting!
2. Start a Savings Plan
Did you know that raising a baby up until the age of 17 costs over $230,000? It’s scary how big this number is but with a good savings plan in place, you are better prepared to tackle any child expenses.
Diapers, food, formula, clothes, baby gear, and etc.
Use my savings plan available in the Free Resource Library to help you.
3. Plan a Babymoon (a Honeymoon before the baby)
Once baby arrives, your life will change forever. Whether this baby is your first, third, or fifth, any new addition to the family will affect your current lifestyle. That’s why you need to give yourself some self-care and plan a babymoon.
Take a mini vacation where you can relax, rejuvenate, and recharge.
A babymoon does not have to be grand. It can be a simple weekend getaway to a cabin, resort, or beach where you can enjoy your moment with your partner without any stress or worries.
Not sure if you still need a babymoon? Learn why you need one here!
4. Start Your Baby Registry
It’s time to create your baby’s wish list! What do you want for your baby and what do you need?
If you want to be considerate of your guests and add in baby necessities that are less than $50, view my full list here. They are great and superb. I’ve used all of these items on a daily basis during the first couple of months with my little one and I find it essential to have.
5. Snag all the Mom Freebies
One special benefit to expecting Moms are all the freebies you can get! Free car seat covers, baby carriers, formula, diapers, bottles, coupons, you name it! Anything you can have – for free – can help tremendously with your baby budget (many of these freebies are also included in your baby welcome box when you create baby registries with select retail stores).
To start off, here are 16 freebies you can snag today:
- Carseat Canopy – Grab your baby’s car seat cover with code LEAP2COVER for $50 OFF.
- Seven Baby – Grab a baby sling for your little one with code LEAP2SLING for $40 OFF.
- Nursing Pillow – Grab your nursing pillow with code LEAP2NURSE for $40 off.
- Udder Covers – Grab your nursing cover and essentials with code LEAP2BABY for $40 off.
- Milk Bands – Make nursing easier with these breastfeeding bands. Use code LEAP2BAND for $35 off.
- Hot Slings – Grab another baby sling with code LEAP2WEAR for $30 off.
- Belly Button – Grab your maternity band with coupon code LEAP2BELB for $40 off.
- Baby leggings – Grab your baby some leggings using coupon code LEAP2BBYLEG for $50 off.
- Breast Pads – Rest assured with nursing pads. Use coupon code LEAP2BPADS for $35 off.
- Ruffle Buns – Ruffles are the new trend for babies. Grab yours with coupon code LEAP2BBYBUN for $60 off.
- Hooded Towels – Complete your bath essentials with hooded towels. Use coupon code LEAP2BATHE for $35 off.
- Pregnancy Pillow – Looking for a pregnancy pillow or nursing pillow? Grab yours today with coupon code LEAP2SLEEP for $50 off.
- Custom Snappies – Create your own baby bodysuit with coupon code LEAP2BBYSUIT for $50 off.
- Custom Pacifiers – Label and design your baby’s pacifier using coupon code LEAP2SOOTHER for $30 off.
- Little Wanderers – Looking for baby booties? Grab his or her first shoe with coupon code LEAP2BBYWALK for $60 off.
- Little Fans – Got a favorite sports team? Invite your baby to the team with branded bottles, apparel, or pacifier. Use coupon code LEAP2BBYPLAY for $35 off.
Other places with freebies include:
- The Free Discovery Kit of Diapers and Wipes by The Honest Company
- Free Trial Box of diapers by Eco by Naty
- Free Trial pack of diapers from ABBY & FINN
- Free coupons, formulas, and belly badge stickers from Enfamil’s Family Beginnings
- Similac’s StrongMom’s Rewards with free formulas and up to $400 worth of benefits
- Free coupons, baby bottle, and benefits from Target. Create your baby registry and pick up your free baby welcome kit at your local Target in-store.
- Receive free welcome baby box, discounts, and more savings with Amazon’s Baby Registry program.
6. Start Thinking of Baby Names
If you already know your baby’s gender, I advise you start jotting down baby names.
When I had my daughter, my husband and I didn’t even come up with a name until ONE WEEK before labor and delivery! I know I know. We were last minute – and stubborn! We just couldn’t agree to the right name we wanted.
That’s why I recommend you coming up with as many names as possible in your second trimester so that you don’t scramble last minute for a name. It is best that you and your partner both come up with a list of names so that you can share, eliminate, and agree upon.
Need some ideas? Here’s a list of baby names from A to Z.
7. Update Maternity Wear
That baby bump is growing and so is your clothing size! Make sure you remember to update your wardrobe to reflect the Mom bod you have for easy comfort.
My top places for maternity wear include Target, Walmart, H&M, Old Navy, and Macy’s.
8. Learn and Search for a Doula (Optional)
“What is a doula and why would I consider having one?”
You might find yourself asking this question, which is why I’m here to explain to you what a doula is.
A doula is a trained labor coach who can help you (or pregnant women) through childbirth. A doula can provide educational support during childbirth and explain labor terminology that you’re unaware of. A doula can also help with relaxation techniques, breathing methods, labor positions, and emotional encouragement. With a doula, you can call or text questions and concerns at any time and even have your doula help you monitor your contractions.
However, a doula does not take part in the actual birth process nor provide medical care. A doula doesn’t replace your husband or partner during the birthing process but can instead, make your labor and delivery more safe and assuring.
If you decide that having a doula may be right for you, you may look for a nearby certified doula in your area through DONA International’s database system.
9. Schedule a Dental Appointment
Okay Mama. You’re pregnant. Your hormones are changing. And you will need some teeth cleaning. That’s right.
During pregnancy, your hormonal changes can cause your gums to bleed, become sore, and have an infection. However, a dental cleaning can help prevent oral infections such as gum disease.
Before having your teeth cleaned, make sure your Dentist is aware that you are pregnant for safe precautions.
10. Plan Your Maternity Leave
Are you a work Mom? If so, it is recommended that you start planning your maternity leave.
What is your company’s maternity leave policies and what are your options? Make sure you review your company’s policies and insurance information so that you can take advantage of all that is available. Learn how to plan your maternity leave in 10 simple steps here!
11. Grab Your Free Breast Pump
If you’re insured with a health insurance company, by law, you can get a FREE BREAST PUMP!
All you have to do is call the number on the back of your health insurance card and ask the representative on how to get your breast pump OR you can ask your Doctor to refer you to a supplier for a breast pump. Learn more about getting your breast pump here.
Well – that’s it for trimester 2! Don’t forget to check out your trimester 3 checklist. It’s the most important list during pregnancy and making sure you complete them all is pivotal to a safe and prepared motherhood.
Oh, and one more thing.
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