2nd Trimester Update + Baby Registry Must-Haves
Published Aug 03, 2019, Updated Aug 05, 2021
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My 2nd Trimester is quickly coming to an end (I’m 26 weeks right now) so I thought I’d share a little update with how I’ve been feeling and some that things I’ve been loving lately. I’m also sharing a list of baby registry must-haves.
New here? Get up to date by reading these first: Pregnancy Announcement + 1st Trimester Update
You guys, I am LOVING the second trimester! I have a few reasons. For one, the cats out of the bag – haha! Everyone knows that I’m pregnant now so I’m no longer feeling like I’m hiding a big secret or having to wear baggy clothes to hide the bump. I have waaay more energy and the morning sickness I felt in the beginning is pretty much gone. I’m still dealing with a little acid reflux, but I don’t have any food aversions. I’m back to loving healthy foods again and overall I’ve been feeling really good.
Feeling Little Kicks
The most exciting thing that’s happened as part of the 2nd tri is that I finally started to feel her kick around week 22/23. I first felt a little something in a prenatal yoga class one evening and since then I’ve been feeling her daily. Apparently she likes yoga as much as her mama! Isaac was able to feel the tiny kicks soon after I first felt them and I’ve been able to capture a few big ones on video too.
I know some women say the kicks feel like they have an alien inside them, but for me feeling the little kicks make me smile daily and it’s been my favorite part of being pregnant so far. Almost every night I go to sleep with my hand on my belly waiting for kicks and I do the same thing every morning. She’s always super active when I’m lying down.
Speaking of being active, I’ve been really thankful because despite the fact that my knees have been bothering me quite a bit I’ve been able to keep up with consistent workouts… usually a combo of walking, barre classes, prenatal yoga and quick prenatal workouts from the Tone It Up app each week.
I have started to notice my upper abs coning during certain movements (like trying to sit up) or core exercises so I’ve been avoiding these movements as much as possible and using my arms to push myself up from a side lying position when getting out of bed.
Second Trimester Sleep
The biggest challenge with the second trimester (so far) has been sleep. I’ve had more energy than the first trimester, but my sleep throughout the night has been a little lackluster. I can fall asleep fine, but I usually wake up multiple times a night — either because I have to pee or something will randomly wake me up. Olive sleeps with us and she seems to be getting restless as she’s gotten older so sometimes her moving around in the bed will wake me up, other times I think I’m just uncomfortable. I have a couple things that have helped with this.
The first is a pregnancy pillow. This Leachco Snoogle pillow was given to me from a friend during my first trimester and I didn’t understand why everyone swears by it, but now I use it every.single.night. I sleep with one end under my head, one end in between my knees and the long portion of the pillow under my belly. And then I use a king size pillow behind my back to try to keep myself in a side-sleeping position. Most mornings I still wake up on my back but I think most of the night I’m on my side, which is ideal.
Natural Calm Has Been A Lifesaver!
I’ve also been hooked on taking Natural Calm, a magnesium supplement at night that my midwife approved. I have the magnesium only lemon flavor and the magnesium + calcium lemon raspberry flavor so I switch between the two. It recommends hot water, but I mix 1 teaspoon with cold water and drink it about 30 minutes before bed. It helps me relax and I do notice that I sleep much better the nights I take it. I usually still have to get up to go to the bathroom at least once, but I’m able to fall back asleep easily.
Magnesium is great for stress and sleep, but it can also help with constipation, muscle cramps and restless leg syndrome… all things that are common during pregnancy. As I mentioned, my doctor approved Natural Calm, but if you’re pregnant be sure to check with your doctor, just to be on the safe side.
outfit details: maternity dress, sandals, sunglasses
So far I haven’t had to purchase a ton of maternity clothes, but since the bump has officially popped I’m feeling the need to buy a few more tops because I’ve been feeling like Winnie the Pooh aka all my regular tops are now crop tops. I also know I’ll need some fall items once the weather starts to cool off so I been doing some online browsing for long sleeve tops, a couple pair of jeans and some workout leggings, but I haven’t bought anything just yet.
- I have a wedding coming up next week so I ordered a couple wedding-appropriate maternity dresses from ASOS (this one and this one), but I didn’t love either one so I also ordered this dress from Madewell. Fingers crossed it works!
- While looking for the wedding dress options, I found two causal dresses that I really like (go figure). A striped vneck smock dress (which I’m wearing in the photos for this post) and this maxi, which isn’t actually maternity, but is super bump-friendly and flattering.
- So far I’ve been living in my Lululemon Align pants. They’re legit my favorite leggings ever! They’re high-waisted so they kind of pull everything in, but they’re also super stretchy and soft so they are super duper comfy. That said, I think it’s probably time for me to buy a maternity leggings as well, just so I don’t stretch out all my align leggings. I bought a pair of Zella maternity leggings during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I’m not in love with them. I know nothing is going to compare to the align pants, but they felt kind of rigid and way less comfy so I’m currently looking for another brand to try.
- Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Shorts from Target: I mentioned these before, but they’re hands-down my most-worn maternity item. I wear them at least 3-4 times a week. They’re cuffed, the perfect length, and I like that they have side panels instead of the over the belly band. At this point I have two pairs, the dark wash and the medium wash. I really want the black as well but they’ve been sold out of my size all summer.
- Stitch Fix – So far I’ve gotten two maternity fixes from Stitch Fix and ended up keeping a total of 5 things — a pair of white shorts that I wear all the time, a cute yellow summery dress, a floral maxi dress and two maternity tops.
A few weeks ago I decided it was finally time to buy some bigger bras. I measured myself and I realized I’m now two sizes bigger so no wonder the girls were having trouble staying in. I tried out a ton of different options and ultimately went with three nursing bras from Target because the quality is good and they’re not super pricey. I got one sports bra (I got the mauve color and love it) and two everyday bras — one in nude and one in black.
My goal is to nurse the baby so I figured it made the most sense to go ahead and invest in a few nursing options rather than just sizing up in a regular bra. I realize that my boobs will probably be even bigger once my milk comes in so who knows if these will fit, but they’ve been awesome so far — way comfier than my regular bras.
Supplements and Misc
- Prenatal Vitamins: I’ve been using New Chapter perfect prenatal vitamins and love them. I’m also taking the Nordic Naturals prenatal DHA supplement. I purchase both through Thrive Market or Amazon.
- Zoe Belly Oil: I use this on my belly every night to help prevent stretch marks. It’s super hydrating, but not too thick so it spreads pretty easily and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy.
- Earth Mama Belly Butter: This butter is more of a lotion instead of an oil, so I like using it in the morning on my belly. I also put it on my lower back and thighs… trying to keep my skin really hydrated to prevent those stretch marks. Added bonus: it smells like a creamsicle.
Working on the Nursery
The nursery is slowly coming together. We have all the big items (crib, dresser and glider), but I’ve been struggling with the decor side of things and still have a few things on my list:
- Decide what the baby will sleep in the first few weeks. I’m debating between a pack-n-play with the bassinet option or a Halo bassinet.
- Find a rug (the one I really want is out of stock right now) and ottoman.
- Figure out what direction I want to go with the decor. Right now I’m leaning towards a minimalist, classic/boho vibe without a real theme, just more of a neutral color palette with soft pink, gray and cream.
- Pick out prints to hang.
Baby Registry Must-Haves
Another big project I’ve been working on lately is adding everything we’ll need to our baby registries. So far I’ve decided to keep things simple and have only registered at two places — Amazon and Target. With Amazon you can register for things that are sold at other websites/stores (I use the amazon everywhere chrome plugin to add the items) and it’s been nice to have almost everything in one spot!
There are so many baby products out there that I was feeling overwhelmed by what items to add to our registry so I asked on Instagram for must-have registry items and got a ton of responses. I also let one of my good friends take over my registry and add any must-have items I was missing. Between these two things I feel pretty good what where are registry is at right now! After asking for the baby registry must-haves on IG so many people responded asking for me to share so I thought I’ve put a list together of the top items people recommended!
- Breast Feeding Essentials:
- Milk Snob nursing cover – doubles as an infant car seat cover.
- Breast Friend nursing pillow – not the most stylish thing in the world, but friends swear by this.
- Boppy nursing pillow – this doubles as a position pillow and you can get cute covers for it.
- Haakaa let down catcher – I got SO many recs for this!
- Hands-free pumping bra
- Mother Love nipple cream and Lanolin Cream
- Single bottles so you can try different types to see what baby likes before buying a big pack – lots of friends love the Comotomo Bottles
- Receiving blankets and burp cloths
- Nursing bras and tanks – I haven’t picked out where I’m going to buy these yet!
- Playing: Love Very Play Gym
- Soothing: Mamaroo, BabyBjorn Bouncer
- Sound Machines: Hatch, Baby Shusher, Dohm Sound Machine (this company is actually local!). Lots of people also recommended getting a portable/travel sound machine too. And a Crane Humidifier.
- Outfits: Sleep and Play zip-up pajamas in a variety of sizes (snaps are fine but the zips make it so quick and easy for diaper changes), newborn gowns, onesies or gowns with mittens.
- Baby carrier: one that is structured with back strap (Lillebaby or Ergo 360) and soft cloth type like Moby, Ring Sling, Solly Wrap. I registered for the Solly Wrap because I think it’s the cutest.
- Swaddles: There are so many different types of swaddle blankets, but from the recommendations I got it seems like most people love the sleep sacks over the swaddle blankets themselves because the blankets have a learning curve and babies tend to break free from them easily.
- Bath time stuff: Baby bath (I’m still on the fence about which baby bath to get, but I like that this one is the right height and that it turns into a step-stool). Some people recommended the Skip Hop Sink Bather Too. And baby washcloths.
- Portable baby sleepers: Dockatot, Snuggle Me Organic
- Nose Frida – so many people recommended this!
- Diaper changes:
- Keekaroo peanut changer
- Travel changing station/clutch
- Wipes dispenser (sounds odd, but several people have recommended this)
- Diapers and wipes (obviously going to need a ton of these!)
- Tubby Todd ointment
- Practical Gifts: amazon gift cards, meal service, house cleaning service <– I love all of these ideas!!
Hopefully this post is helpful to you! Let me know if you have any additional questions!
Great post, congratulations! I’ve been following you and recreating your recipes for YEARS. I’m 36 weeks pregnant today with our first, a boy, its been fun to see your baby content! You look wonderful, so glad you’ve been able to keep up with consistent workouts. I’m convinced its whats kept nearly all symptoms at bay for me. Currently on the hunt for recipes to freeze before our son shows up, I know some of yours will make the cut!
Oh wow! Congrats on your first baby, Katie. I hope you’ve been feeling well throughout the pregnancy. Did you happen to find some good recipes to freeze? Would love to hear what you made!
I LOVE these pregnancy update posts and I have missed your daily life updates. Yes, your recipes are great but I miss you sharing this day in your life updates. Hopefully once baby comes you will bring back a bit more of the lifestyle posts!
Aww! Thanks so much, Lindsay. I wasn’t sure if people still enjoyed the lifestyle updates as much so I’m excited to hear this feedback. Hopefully after the baby arrives I’ll be able to do these regularly. 🙂
really very helpful post.
Enjoying your posts! Unrelated – LOVE your shoes in the 2nd trimester update photo. Can you share what brand they are please? Thanks!
Here you go!
I just saved all of the baby puréed foods to finding this blog post. Excellent resource and help, thanks so much!!! 🙂
I’m 18 weeks with my first baby and there’s so much to get!
I’m so glad this post was helpful, Laura! Congrats on your pregnancy!