Well done on completing your First Trimester! You are now in your second trimester of your pregnancy which means you have started your week 13 of pregnancy . You are in a much stable form of pregnancy with many of your early pregnancy symptoms almost vanished. As you have got the hang of it. In this trimester you will be ready to announce your pregnancy to your family & close friends. Grab as much help & support from your near & dear ones. Spread the happiness in the family.
To share the happiness & glide through the second trimester here is your to-do list
By the second trimester, your baby bump will be beginning to show by now. That makes it a perfect time to start shopping for those lovely & comfortable maternity clothing. You have every right to self-indulge buy those fashionable maternity wear. Stock up on nursing bras, leggings, dress, over bump jeans. Lastly buy the moisturizers for the ever growing itchiness on your bump.
2. Baby moon time
In the manner that it is perfectly fine to go on a vacation in the second trimester, In the like manner you might need to consult your GP or mid wife as well. Actually in my second pregnancy we had gone on a vacation to Mallorca. During The holiday we felt very relaxed and also got the much needed change. Well, being pregnant does not mean you can’t give in to your passions & desires.
3. Create memories
Take a picture of your ultra sound scan. That’s the first photo of your baby. Have a maternity photoshoot. Involve your partner in these occasions. These are the memories you will never forget. Make the most of it.
4. Check your maternity leave provision
In second trimester, you might have to inform your employer about your pregnancy and know the rules relating to maternity leave. Notably in some countries employers also offer paternity leave to would be dads. It will be worthwhile to tell your partner to check with his employer regarding the same.
5. Baby needs
You might need to start shopping for your baby’s needs. All the essentials which you will require in those first few days after the baby is born. Undoubtedly you & your partner will be so busy after the birth of your baby that you will not get time to buy baby essentials at that time. Thus you need to start on planning & making a list of things you will need for your baby. As a matter of fact this is the time when you can prepare baby registry with various shops. and also start on preparing your baby’s nursery
6. Baby gender
Your mid wife will ask you if you want to know the gender of your baby or want it to be a surprise. This is the decision taken by you. For our first baby we choose to keep it a surprise, but on contrary for our second baby I wanted to know the gender. To sum up, it is totally up to you, what you want.
7. Birth plan
You might want to write up or fill up your baby’s birth plan. For instance, give a thought about how & where you want to give birth to your baby. Who should be your support partner during the delivery, what type of delivery do you want to have, what you want to do immediately after delivery, and many other important decisions.
8. Your health
Your bump is growing now & so is your weight. Keep check on those back pains & aches. You might also be able to feel your baby movements. Keep a note of when your baby moves. Get to know basics of fetal development. Contact your mid-wife if you feel something is wrong. Ask as many questions that come to your head. NO question is silly or stupid. If you have any doubt about any health condition pertaining to you or your baby ASK your mid-wife. Your mid-wife will be more than happy to help you & resolve your queries.
Now you are ready to embark on your Third Trimester
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