1.) Start Baby Registry
When it comes to getting ready for baby this was my absolute favorite part! Being able to finally feel safe to start scanning away on all those baby items is my personal happy place! Your second trimester is the perfect time to start comparing and putting the
I have written a different blog post going over the different registries and their perks HERE!
Get ready for that bump to start growing and fight those stretch marks in those early stages. I managed to not get a mark and all I did was use the belly butter. Now can I say that this is the reason I never got them,
3.) Figure Out Maternity Leave
Now, this can be a challenge or it can be easy depending on where you live. If you don’t live in one of the states that have paid maternity leave, unfortunately, your options are limited. However, depending on where you work you could have a great maternity leave package. Plus you can always start saving up those PTO days off early especially if this is a planned pregnancy.
If you live in California I have a post that breaks down the paid maternity leave and what to expect from a
California Maternity Leave
4.) Look for Childcare
If your one of the lucky ones like me who don’t live anywhere near any family then start looking for childcare. Heck we should of started looking for childcare when I was in the womb evidently! Now not all places are this bad but if you live in a city area you will begin to find most childcare places have anywhere from a 6 month to a 2 YEAR wait list!
So start doing your research because these places aren’t cheap either. Then get on all the waitlists if you want just be sure to get on something if you plan on
5.) Make a Dental Appointment
I laughed at this one even though everyone around me took it seriously… Fun fact in most states your dental insurance will cover up to 2 cleanings in one year! Which is one more than normal, so take advantage of that freebie and go in! I waited until I was 7 months pregnant and it was not pretty. I did not know that being pregnant actually makes you prone to gingivitis and all the nutrients are being pulled from your teeth down to the baby. Which makes you more susceptible to… CAVITIES! Yay!
6.) Plan a Gender Reveal
I knew from the git go that I wanted a gender reveal more than a baby shower. Something about being 8-9 months pregnant around a ton of people just sounded miserable. So I made it all into one party and didn’t have to worry about the baby shower. Plus I’m a super planner so getting all those gifts early was amazing!
For me I did two cannons from Poof There it Is. I could
They have soooo many options on ways to have your reveal as well. Your imagination can run wild with them.
7.) Maternity Clothes
Maternity clothing can be crazy expensive and to use it only at this time of your life makes it hard to spend the money on it. However, if you start early and look for deals you will save a ton! Honestly
Never purchase something at Motherhood Maternity for full price! Sign up for their offers and you will get notified of all their sales. They have sales all the time that are 20%-60% sales items! That’s where I lived lol. If you do see something you want that is full price you get emailed 20% off coupons all the time. Plus you get them when you make online orders as well.
Target does not offer as many discounts but if you get the cartwheel app they do have sales on all women’s apparel and that includes maternity!
TJ Max and Ross do not have maternity sections but they are a great place to find cheap dresses. I got a bunch just the other day that ranged from $6-$14 each. Being in this last trimester I hated anything that is tight on my stomach. Plus it was dead heat summer and I was literally melting lol.
8.) Belly Band
Starting at the end of that second trimester the back pain begins and the weight becomes a lot to deal with. I knew I wanted a belly band and didn’t want to waste money on a cheap one.
After looking through a million and two reviews the Belly Bandit is what I landed on. I love this thing! It comes with a gel pack that you can make cold or hot and has a little pocket in the back so you can put it on your back.
Once the baby is born you can flip it around and use it as a postpartum belt as well. This band will run you $69.99 but is worth every penny. Especially if your a busy mom, this band will keep you going.
9.) Plan & Go on Babymoon
I think everyone should go on one and I would start looking soonish. A lot of places actually have babymoon packages depending on where you are looking. I live in San Diego and didn’t want to travel far so we just packed up and went to one of the new casino resorts. All I wanted was a lazy river to float in and thats what I got!
When it comes to baby moons look for something that is relaxing, has lots of food, and doesn’t require a lot of walking. All that extra weight isn’t fun to bring along. Plus don’t forget about those swollen feet!
10.) Choose a Name
If you haven’t done this yet its time to get to it! Choosing a name can be difficult especially if you and your partner do not agree on a lot of names. For me