The second trimester of this pregnancy was surprisingly difficult for me. Insensitive comments, mostly from strangers when I’m out running errands, have been out of control. I faced some new-to-me digestive issues in the second tri that have made it difficult to know what to eat. Can you develop food allergies specific to pregnancy? I’m hoping that’s the case and that it will resolve itself once the baby is born, because if I can’t eat an avocado or date for the rest of my life I don’t know what I’ll do. I’ve also had my usual back pain, which has been slightly improved by keeping up my fitness this time around. I really don’t have too much I can complain about with my weight gain right on track, a highly active kicker, and a gestational diabetes test that came back negative. We’re charging into the third trimester and hoping for the best! Here are a few things that have gotten me through the past few months.
Fade to Blue Maternity Skinny Jeans – i’ve never loved over-the-belly pants in pregnancy (or otherwise…), but I took a risk and tried these on at Macy’s. They are the best! The belly stays up while still being totally comfortable and the denim is soft and slim. I’m completely living in these pants now that it’s a little cooler, but they’re perfect year round.
Indigo Blue Maternity Shorts – Unfortunately I can’t find these online anywhere to show you a picture, but they are the best! Maternity shorts have always been super hard for me because they’re usually too baggy in the leg. These are just the right length and leg opening, plus the over-the-belly style is also surprisingly comfortable. I have these in gray.
Old Navy Maternity Foldover-Wiast Jersey Skirt – I had a black version of this in previous pregnancies and purchased the charcoal this time because, let’s face it, I buy everything in charcoal. They are extremely comfortable and a nice way to stay cool on a hot day when you don’t want multiple layers of fabric on your belly. Plus it matches everything.
MAMA Memory Foam Nursing Bra – Some people will suggest not buying a nursing bra until you’re in your third trimester, but my body just wasn’t putting up with normal bras anymore. A good nursing bra will grow with you and keep you comfortable. I tried a bunch of bras from a bunch of different places and nothing was quite right until I ordered this one from H&M. It’s pretty affordable, smooth, and soft. If I had one complaint it would be that they pile FOURTEEN tags inside the bra. I cut them out and couldn’t be happier. I just ordered a bunch more.
Watermelon Lime Mocktails – Watermelon is so hydrating and readily available this time of year. I downed a few of these every day, usually after going for a walk, for some sweet refreshment.
Granny Smith apples and Smuckers natural creamy peanut butter – So this seems pretty random and simple, but I’ve been loving this snack! It’s practically the exact calorie amount they recommend you add to your diet in the second trimester, plus it’s so delicious.
AAratek Pro Sport Armband – I’ve been walking for about 45 minutes most days to keep fit and adding this armband has made it a lot more fun. It fits my iPhone 5c and even has a spot for a key if you need it.
Bark Kitchen Apron – Aprons are a must for me all the time, but especially in pregnancy when my belly is bumping into everything and even the tiniest spill is bound to land on my shirt. I have been living in this apron. I seriously wear it most of the time I’m working around the house (and even eating) in an effort to save my clothes. The straps are long and the fabric generous, so it has grown with me beautifully.
Feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments!
I am not associated with any of the brands above, nor have I been compensated. There are a few affiliate links above, but, as always, all opinions are my own.