You know the thing about the first trimester of pregnancy? It can feel like a culture shock! When you’re entering a new phase of life, things can get rough. You have to deal with a ton of pregnancy symptoms every day, which can make the whole thing seem like one endlessly winding rocky road!
But the good news is: the second trimester is a hell lotta fun! You gradually get adjusted to being pregnant, getting in a place where you can actually appreciate the beauty of your bump and all that it brings. Here’s why the second trimester is amazing:
1. You Get A Flaunt-Worthy Bump
The first trimester brings a teeny tiny baby bump that honestly feels like you’re just bloated after a happy meal. But when you’re in the second trimester, your bump really starts to show, letting everyone know there’s a bun in the oven (1).
2. And A Complete Wardrobe Overhaul
Now that you’re visibly pregnant, it’s time to go get that cute pregnancy wardrobe update! You can start your haul with the basics – a good pair of stretchy leggings, pretty pregnancy dresses, and some breezy tops coupled with maternity underwear! The last one’s a must.
3. Nausea Takes An Exit
Finally, the era of morning sickness comes to a close (2)! You no longer have to worry about nausea and can just enjoy pregnancy in peace.
4. Pregnancy Cravings Take Over
Though pregnancy cravings can start as early as the first trimester, they really take off during the second trimester (3). And eventually, end in the third one. But that aside, this is your time to let your love for food show! Yes, getting that Belgian chocolate sundae at 3 in the morning can turn out to be quite the challenge, but once your craving is satisfied, it’s so worth it!
5. You Get That Pregnancy Glow
It’s widely talked about and highly anticipated! So if you were wondering if pregnancy glow is a myth, the second trimester would confirm that it is not. Pregnancy glow is caused by a ton of things – from the increased blood flow to the changes in hormones; you’ll find that dewy look on you a lot (4). And yes, that’ll fetch you a bucket load of compliments and make you feel good about being pregnant.
6. Nursery Decorating Begins
Since you’re well-adjusted to being pregnant and still quite far from labor, you have ample time to focus on building your baby’s nursery in the second trimester. You can get your whole house organized and baby-proofed, pile up on the toys and the baby blankets, and overall work towards making your home a cozier place that’s about to welcome its newest member!
7. You Can Be As Sentimental As You Want
Getting into the full swing of pregnancy can often feel overwhelming, leading to some emotional moments. At this stage, you’ll find yourself dreaming about the coming of your new baby and how your life will change forever. Happy tears will take over, leading to that sense of gratefulness, awe, and wonder all rolled into one.
8. It’s Baby Shower Time
While there’s no rule against having a baby shower in the third trimester, chances are your friends and family will end up planning it towards the end of your second trimester since the third one can get exhausting. And honestly, more than the gifts, nothing beats the feeling of celebrating the baby you already love with the people you love the most in the whole world, even if it’s over a Zoom call!
There’s a lot to love about the second trimester! So if you’re in your first one and not quite enjoying the ride, hang on tight! Things are about to get a whole lot better real soon!