2nd Trimester Must Haves

I think I’ve said this in every update so far… BUT HOW AM I ALREADY THIS FAR ALONG?!
I hit 28 weeks today, which is the first week of the third trimester! I also turn 28 tomorrow, so it’s pretty wild to think that this will be my last birthday ever that I’m not a mom!

When I was first thinking of what to put on this list, I realized that everything from my First Trimester Must Haves carried over to the second trimester (specifically my water bottles, prenatal vitamins, and shoe insoles)…but I came up with a few more additions that we’re imperative for me!

  1. Heating Pad - OBSESSED with this. From what I’ve read, you don’t want to lie on a heating pad for more than ten minutes as it could raise your internal body temperature too much which is bad for the baby (same reason why you’re not allowed to hot tub during pregnancy), so I always set a timer for ten minutes. This heating pad heats up SO QUICKLY and I liked that I got the extra-large size so that it can heat my lower and upper back at the same time. It’s so nice after a long day of work! Lately I’ve been getting Charlie horse cramps in my calves in the night occasionally, so I’ve been using the heating pad under my calves before bed to try to keep those at bay ! This is the one that I have, and I’m in LOVE with it.

  2. Tums - I was getting SERIOUS heat burn in the morning for about 2 weeks (on-and off). It was so bad. It felt like I was being stabbed in the chest for an hour straight…. not fun! My nurse recommended that I take Tums (before bed and in the morning), if I had had a heavier meal later in the evening (which seemed to trigger it for me). They definitely didn’t completely solve it… but they helped enough! (the only thing you have to watch with Tums is that they’re high in calcium, so you want to make sure you’re not taking too many!)

  3. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - OK, don’t let the name fool you haha. I use this on my tummy and it smells sooooo good. I really think you can use whatever lotion you want, but I had a free little pot of this from Sephora so I started to use it and then ordered the full size! From what I’ve read stretch marks are largely genetic, so there’s not much you can do… and hydrating by drinking water is super important too! If I’m being honest, I remember to use this maybe every other day…

  4. T-Shirt Dresses - I’ve yet to buy anything maternity, and I’ve been living in my old t-shirt dresses. They’re so comfy and expand to fit my expanding belly haha. One of the perks of being pregnant in the summer!

  5. (Regular) Bikinis - For the past two years I’ve been SUCH a fan of one-piece swimsuits… but I’ve found bikinis are so perfect for pregnancy! I didn’t want to buy anything maternity ($$$) since I only had one season to wear it in… so I just bought a couple cheap swimsuit tops in one size larger than normal to wear (my bottoms are fitting like normal for now, since they go under my belly anyway).

I still can’t believe it’s less than three months until the baby is here!!!