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It’s time to start tackling that second trimester to-do list.

Say goodbye to morning sickness and hello to your new growing bump.

The second trimester refers to weeks 13-28. By now, hopefully you are feeling MUCH better as far as the nausea goes.

Still feeling off? I felt like a new person around week 15 with both of my boys, so if you’re not quite there– hang tight.

These are going to be some of the most enjoyable weeks of your pregnancy!

Related: First Trimester Checklist

Related: Third Trimester Checklist

What should I do in my second trimester?

second trimester to-do list

1. Announce your pregnancy

If you haven’t announced your pregnancy to friends and family, now is the perfect time to do so!

If you aren’t a stay-at-home mom, make sure to also tell your employer so that everyone will be on the same page when it’s time for your maternity leave, etc.

2. Wrap up your baby registry

If you haven’t yet created your baby registry, I recommend creating an Amazon baby registry because you’ll have a HUGE selection of baby items and easy 90-day returns.

Not sure which baby items to add to your baby registry? Refer to this list to get started!

3. Invest in a good pregnancy pillow

As your bump grows, one of the hardest places to get comfy is your bed.

Getting a good pregnancy pillow should definitely be on your second trimester to-do list.

It will support your growing bump and help you get some relief from the common aches and pains that come with growing a tiny human (or humans!).

4. Start buying maternity clothes

If you’re at the beginning of the second trimester, it may be several weeks before you’re sporting that beach ball bump you’ve been dreaming about.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s too early to start buying maternity clothes.

They’re comfy and stretchy in all the right places! And sometimes that bump seems to appear overnight, so you’ll be prepared.

5. Moisturize

And moisturize some more.

Yes, baby bumps are cute– Very cute. But they can also be itchy!

Keeping your skin moisturized from the start will help your skin prepare for what lies ahead.

Try the Earth Mama Belly Butter— It’s rated zero for toxins!

6. Stay on top of your prenatal appointments

Next, be sure to stay on top of your prenatal appointments.

If you tend to struggle with appointment dates, consider getting a planner to stay organized or set up reminders in an app like Cozi.

7. Continue to eat healthy and stay hydrated

When the morning sickness finally fizzes out and your appetite comes back– You’ll be hungry! Okay, hangry is really the word.

When I was expecting, I would always try to keep a bottle of water with me wherever I went along with a few healthy snacks. You never know when the pregnancy hanger will strike.

8. Will you have a gender reveal?

Pink or blue? If you haven’t found out already, you will have that option at your 20-week anatomy scan that’s right around the corner.

Do you plan to have a gender reveal party? Host a Facebook live? Keep it simple? Something to think about.

9. Start planning the nursery

Next, the second trimester is the perfect time to start thinking about and planning the nursery.

If you’ve started receiving gifts from family and friends (or bought some baby items yourself)– You can also start thinking about how you plan to store and organize everything!

Related: 12 Easy Nursery Organization Ideas

10. Include your other children

I think this is one of the most important tasks for your second trimester to-do list. If you have other children, be sure to include them!

  • Get them a big brother or big sister shirt they can proudly wear
  • Talk about how helpful they’re going to be when baby gets here
  • How much their little sibling will look up to them, etc.

My oldest was already 6 years old when we found out he was going to have a sibling, so I really tried to emphasize how important his role was as a big brother and help him feel included.

11. Start brainstorming baby names

The second trimester is the perfect time to start your list of possible baby names.

Remember– It’s okay if the perfect name doesn’t jump out at you right away! It will. 🙂

12. Take weekly bump pics

Finally, keep up the weekly bump pics.

You’ll love looking back at these and comparing your bump size as the weeks go by– especially when the BIG bump gets here during the third trimester!


What’s on your second trimester to-do list?

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