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First Time Pregnancy Tips, What You Need to Do in Your Second Trimester

First time pregnancy tips for new moms. Things to do in your second trimester. To do list. #newmom #pregnancy #habitatformom

Reaching your second trimester? You might already be there!

Congrats again because now your chances of miscarrying are cut in half! So get ready…

You’re out of the first trimester and onto the actual “let’s get this party started” phase… Literally.

If you are struggling with morning sickness it should subside around this time. If not, Don’t worry, It’ll happen eventually.

RELATED: 15 Helpful Tips For Morning Sickness And How Long It Will Last.

You will be more energetic in the second trimester so this is the time we need to be putting that energy to use before the end of your pregnancy!

Feeling stressed about getting everything done before baby arrives? The Nesting Planner will have you totally organized and prepared in no time!

Second Trimester To-do List:

You may feel like you have a hundred things to take care of.

The reality of it is you probably do. But don’t worry, I’m here to guide you through everything so that you’ll be ahead of game.


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so here’s what you’ll need to do…

Find a prenatal exercise class

If you have not found a prenatal exercise class now is a great time to start checking those out.

Joining a class will help motivate you to keep going with your physical health while pregnant.

Taking a prenatal class can also allow you to meet new pregnant moms in your area.

You could just do a quick Google search for prenatal classes in whatever City you live in.

Taking a prenatal exercise class will benefit you and your baby.

Some benefits of taking a prenatal exercise class will lower your risk of certain pregnancy-related complications, help you sleep better, boost your energy, and get your body back to pre-baby faster.

Sign up for your baby registry

You can sign up for a baby registry at your local Target or Babies R Us.

Although, nowadays it’s way easier to sign up for an online baby registry.

Especially if you’re a busy mom who works full-time and has no time to go to your local stores, or maybe you just don’t feel up to walking around a store using the scanner they give you.

Especially because you may miss things you could otherwise find more easily online.

If you’re into keeping up with the Joneses, the Amazon baby registry has been an extremely popular choice for expectant mothers.

The registry is super easy to sign up with. 

The baby registry gives you the ability to send your unique special link to your family members through email or even social media.

I used this when I was pregnant with Nicky and it worked like a charm.

My family members from out-of-state were easily able to buy something for him quickly and easily!

Everything was sent straight to the address I provided when I initially signed up.

A piece of cake for everyone! If you haven’t signed up already what are you waiting for? Sign up here now…

Call your insurance provider

If you are not put on government insurance you need to be calling your insurance company at this point.

It is very important that you get your baby put on to your insurance as soon as possible so that they will be able to cover the hospital expenses once you go into labor.

If they don’t cover everything, that’s ok, you’ll save money at the very least.

Your insurance may even be able to cover your Dr. visit copays as well.

Start shopping for maternity clothes

Say hello to a new wardrobe because chances are that your clothes and even your shoes may not fit anymore.  

Most moms start showing between 12-15 weeks, and even if you are not showing you might find that your way more comfortable in maternity clothes at this point.

The most comfortable maternity clothes I found were leggings, maxi dresses,  sweatpants, and for my shoes (I know but for real though) crocs.

I found super cute Crocs that weren’t like the traditional ones (hint: they’re ^ up there) and I wore those things throughout my whole pregnancy. I even got my non-pregnant coworkers to buy a pair.

You may also want to get maternity bras at this point. It’s better to be prepared and comfortable then be uncomfortable, especially if you’re working right now.

Plan a gender reveal party

At this point in your pregnancy, you will be able to find out the gender of your baby.

How exciting!

You can choose to keep it a secret until the baby is born or if you want a fun twist to the whole thing, gender reveal parties are a trendy thing these days!

Make sure you start planning this now. How nice would it be for fun photos you and your family can look back on?

RELATED: Gender Reveal Ideas 22 Party Supplies For Your First Baby

Tell your boss

OK so if you haven’t already, you need to tell your boss your pregnant.

They will need to know that you will be going on maternity leave so they can replace you while you are out.

This will give you time to plan your maternity leave and figure out if you will be able to take extra time off as well. Plus having your boss know your pregnant will benefit you.

It will give them a better understanding of your needs and not question your lack of energy or frequent bathroom breaks.

It is always a good thing when everyone is on the same page, especially at work.

Prepare the nursery

This is going to be your baby’s personal space so don’t rush it, especially if you know what the gender is already.

Choosing a color, putting safety measures, amongst other things might take a while. So its good to start now so you can gradually put this together before the baby comes.

There are so many ideas on Pinterest for nursery decor and organization.

I am guilty of using the Pinterest rout when figuring out how to organize and decorate Nicky’s room.

We especially took a liking to the shower caddy idea. It worked out very well for us! It looked awesome and unique too.

Plan your baby shower

Like I said, were partying in the second trimester guys

If you haven’t taken the time yet to figure out the baby shower planning I would highly suggest starting right now.

Find your invitations and supplies right on Amazon…

RELATED: 10 Affordable Invitation Baby Shower Ideas For Your First Baby Boy!

I literally did everything through Amazon it is so easy, especially if you have PRIME. Hello, girl, get it. 2-day shipping is all the rave right now. 

If you sign up now you can get a 30 day free trial…


Getting off track – OK…

Baby shower essentials like decorations, games, invitations, and much more need to be established at this point in time.

Make sure you ask someone to help you with everything because it could get a little overwhelming (or a lot).

Call your best friend/ mom/cousin right now and brainstorm with them.

Sleep on your side

Sleeping on your side is going to be way more comfortable from this point on.

Sorry if you are a belly sleeper like me, I know how you feel. But thankfully my handy dandy body pillow solved this problem! So get one and use it. Every night.

I paid close attention to the side I was sleeping on as well.

Its beneficial to you and your baby to sleep on your left side because it improves circulation to the heart and allows optimal blood flow to the baby, the placenta, your uterus, and your kidneys!

Whatever you do, don’t sleep on your back.

Here is what has to say about the situation…

When you lie belly-up, the weight of your uterus can compress a major blood vessel, called the vena cava, disrupting blood flow to your baby and leaving you nauseated, dizzy, and short of breath. The best way to sleep during the second half of pregnancy is on your side.

Take a babymoon if you can

I am sure you haven’t really been feeling up to doing anything with your honey lately.

Statistics show that most mothers feel there absolute best in the second trimester so now is the best time to do all the things with your honey before its too late!

Plan a staycation or if you like traveling then go for it! Celebrate this special time in your lives.

You most likely won’t have time to do much once you hit your third trimester and especially after you have the baby.

So make sure this is something you really take time to do.

This is basically everything in a nutshell for your second trimester to do list.

Do not get overwhelmed and just try to tackle each task at once.

Make sure you have support and get your partner involved in all the planning of the parties and to do list.

Enjoy this time because you will soon be onto your third trimester which brings on some other important things to do!

RELATED: New Mom Tips, What You Need to do in Your Third Trimester

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About The Author


Hey there! Jennifer here, and I run this website. I am a mommy to one amazing awesome boy named Nicholas and hold 4 certificates in childcare and development. I created this website to provide useful information about pregnancy and parenting, spark inspiration and help you live a better life as a mom!


  1. Jennifer

    Your welcome Ash! I am glad the tips I provide will help you out! Let me know if you need anything. xoxo

  2. Anonymous

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I love your blog and I bookmarked this article and will be doing these tips! Thank you for the great content! – Ash


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