I couldn't agree more with this. The last two weeks of pregnancy are NOT FUN. Constant peeing, the feeling of being unable to breath, a huge appetite paired with a stomach cavity the size of a walnut, getting intense kicks in the ribs every ten minutes (future soccer player here)...ugh. Sometimes I think Mother Nature makes this last month miserable on purpose; we are so happy to have the little monkey out of us by the time we give birth that we don't even care about the sleepless nights with a newborn!
But being a last minute type of person, I still have all sorts of loose ends to tie before the arrival of baby. How I wish I'd done these things earlier! My second trimester when I was glowing, energetic, and not too big would have been the perfect time. Don't make my mistake. Here's a To Do list I've made for mamas in their second trimester.
- Enroll in prenatal classes ASAP: My husband and I missed the boat on this one. We tried to register when I was 32 weeks along, thinking there was still tons of time left. Wrong! Classes were booked up a week past my due date.
- Ask your doctor about vaccinations: It's essential to make sure you are up-to-date with all your shots. What might not harm mom could be fatal to baby. You can get some in your second trimester, but others need to be administered in the three months before or after birth so check with your doctor before getting any vaccinations during pregnancy. A lot of doctors don't even address this with pregnant women (mine didn't) so you need to be on the ball with this.
- Take lots of photos: This it the time when your bump emerges, and it's so fun to track the progress every month. I didn't do this, and I really wish I had. I'd also recommend a prenatal photo shoot if you have the money. My friend did one and the pictures are priceless. Pregnancy is so beautiful!
- Develop a birth plan: Do you want to go all natural? Or is an epidural more your thing? Decide now and communicate this with your maternity health care provider so that it's recorded in your file. You'd be surprised how many babies come early! And in British Columbia at least if you don't request an epidural they won't give you one.
- Start doing exercises to prepare for the labor: Prenatal yoga is great, as it strengthens the muscles that you will be using during birth. Squats are also recommended (click here to see how to do them). Just be sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise regime in pregnancy.
- Have your baby shower: It's always a good idea to have the baby shower before you buy baby things. You'll know exactly what you need to purchase, so you wont end up with two baths like me.
- Get checked for Diastasis Recti: This annoying condition is very common in pregnancy. It's a separation of your abdominal walls, and it can cause a host of fun problems like hernias, pelvic pain, and and the inability to regain a sexy six pack. Luckily it can be improved with exercise after pregnancy. However, it's good to know if you have it early on, so that you can avoid certain exercises like weighted walking lunges that make it worse. Your chiropractor should be able to detect it, or you can check yourself (click here to see how).
- Eat out as much as your budget allows: You wont be eating out once the little one arrives, so now is the time to check out all those awesome restaurants you've been meaning to try.
- Go on a fun trip: It's not advisable to travel in your third trimester, and flying with baby isn't the most relaxing experience, so make the most of this time and go on an exciting adventure somewhere.