Oh, 2nd trimester…
Overall a dream compared to the 1st. For me, my heartburn and nausea went away, I experienced boosts of energy, I started to feel the baby move and my belly popped. All motivation to stay mentally and physically strong for our growing baby boy.
Of course growing a human isn’t easy. There were still symptoms that shocked me. I had crazy itchy nipples and lower belly rashes and itching. I was told by my doctor it was signs of my skin stretching and expanding to continue to make room for the baby. The itching seemed to pick up at night, unbearable at times. My doctor approved Benadryl when absolutely needed, which I never used, but did use Hydrocortisone to help reduce the inflammation and irritation.
I also experienced super sensitive gums and teeth and would often time bleed after brushing and flossing. Hormones and increased blood flow are the biggest culprits in tooth/gum pain in pregnancy. The increased hormones affect the way the body responds to bacteria which can lead to periodontal infection. Plus since the body is working overtime to support mom and baby, this results to increased blood flow which can cause sensitive and swollen gums to the touch. Hot and cold sensitivity is a common reaction too. Ever since I've had discomfort in my mouth, I started using Sensodyne toothpaste which has helped offer significant relief. Every remedy helps!
The 2nd tri was also when my regular clothes started to get too tight and resorted to more comfortable loose fitting clothes. I also experienced lower back pain, achy legs and constipation. Oh the joy, but overall, everything was manageable. Even with the energy boost, by the end of the day, I was still extremely tired. I was often in bed by 8 p.m. knowing that I would be up multiple times in the middle of the night to pee.
In addition to my 1st trimester musts, I added more helpful tools to the list that helped me power through pregnancy weeks 13-26. Hope all these tips and tools help. See below!
Lululemon Aligns: These have been my ride or die all of pregnancy. I sized up to accommodate the growing belly. I basically rotated 4 pairs over and over again. The waist line is not restricting and the material is very soft and stretchy. They’re an investment but so worth it. I also figured I would get use out of them postpartum as my body recovers from delivery.
Lululemon Align joggers: This is a variation of the legging. A little looser fit all around and everything I said about the leggings above, applies here too.
Hanes men's sweats: For an oversized super comfy feel, these did the trick. Sometimes I just wanted to be ultra comfy and basically drowning in my clothes. This was my go to sweat set anytime I didn’t want to wear clothes and get ready. I ordered a size small in the sweatpants and large in the sweatshirt.
Belly buds: Love these specialized speakers that gently adhere to your baby bump and allow you to safely play memory-shaping sound directly to the womb.
Nipple cream: My go to for itchy nippes and will continue to use during breastfeeding. Motherlove’s organic nipple cream is lanolin-free and plant-based. It’s unscented and does not need to be removed prior to nursing. This rich herbal salve helps to soothe the discomfort of sore or cracked nipples.
Anti itch cream: Life saver when it came to my irritation on my lower belly. Immediately offered ease in the discomfort. Would use it before bedtime.
Sensodyne toothpaste: Helped ease discomfort with swollen gums and sensitive teeth. I noticed a significant difference and now swear by it. The gum bleeding has subsided and my teeth don’t ache as much. Game changer.
Balas: I started adding more activity in 2nd trimester, focusing on low weight, pulsing type movements. I love balas because they’re light, easy to hold and adapt to any style of workout.
Tost: My go to non-alcoholic drink! TOST is crafted with natural ingredients and is low calorie. Ingredients: carbonated water, organic blue agave, white tea, white cranberry extract, natural ginger extract and natural citrus. Just 45 calories and 11 arbs for an 8 oz pour.
Kauai coffee: I implemented coffee back in after 12 weeks pregnant. My mom introduced me to this brand. The flavors are subtle but so good. Had to share.