Pregnancy Checklist: Second Trimester

Keep up with your regular doctor's appointments to ensure both you and your baby are healthy.

As you enter the second trimester of your pregnancy, any feelings of nausea and fatigue will begin to fade away. Your hormones will become more manageable and you’ll start to get used to that little baby bump. You’ll most likely feel your best during the second trimester of your pregnancy. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your partner to spend some quality time together before your bundle of joy arrives.

Here’s a starter checklist for you to follow during this phase of your pregnancy:

New wardrobe

At this point, you’re probably busting out of your pre-pregnancy pants, right? It’s time you switch up your wardrobe with essential maternity clothes that will make you look and feel great. You’ll want to look for high-quality items made with a strong, stretchy fabric. This will allow your clothes to grow with you and remain snug around your belly while still flattering your figure.

Look for tops and dresses that have extra length in the torso. This extra material will help provide complete coverage as your belly continues to grow. For pants, look for adjustable waistbands that allow you to alter the drawstring to fit comfortably around your stomach. To create a more slimming effect, stick with dark, solid colors such as black or navy.

Regular doctor visits

You’re going to be paying your doctor a visit about every four weeks during your second trimester. It is crucial you keep up with these appointments because now is when your doctor will be running a multitude of tests to make sure both you and your baby are healthy.

For example, your doctor will perform a glucose test to determine your risk for gestational diabetes. Your doctor also might run genetic tests to determine the risk of your child potentially having a genetic chromosomal disorder. Should you have any concerns, prepare a list of questions to ask your physician beforehand so you are fully aware of what to expect.

This is also a good time for you and your partner to discuss if you want to know the sex of the baby or if you want to wait and be surprised. You’ll find this out during your 20-week visit.


Prenatal exercise class

If you aren’t already, you should strongly consider participating in pregnancy-friendly workout classes regularly. This can help reduce constipation, aches and pains, and lower your risk of gestational diabetes and depression. In addition, working out will help you sleep better, and reduce some of that stress and anxiety coupled with having a baby.

Regular exercise during the second trimester can lower your risk of developing gestational diabetes and depression. Regular exercise during the second trimester can lower your risk of developing gestational diabetes and depression.

Baby budget

Now is a good time for you and your partner to sit down and discuss your financial situation. There are going to be extra expenses with an addition to the family – lots of them. Whether it’s a one-time purchase or monthly cost, you’re going to have to develop a plan to properly budget for your little one. From diapers to clothes all the way to the college fund, it’s now more important than ever to cut back on those weekly manicures and keep tabs on your credit card statement.