Second Trimester Checklist

2nd trimester checklist

You’ve made it to the 2nd trimester!  Many people say this is the best trimester because you are starting to feel better and have more energy.  There are lots of exciting things to look forward to like finding out the gender and feeling your baby move for the first time. 

Since you are feeling more up to it, it’s a great time to start checking things off of your to-do list.  I’ve put together a list of items to do in your 2nd trimester that will help you stay on track to be prepared for your new baby’s arrival!

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Announce your pregnancy

If you haven’t already told your friends and family, now is a great time to announce your pregnancy.  A quick search on Pinterest comes up with some really cute ideas to share the news.

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Another person to share the news with is your boss.  Depending on your job, the timing of this will be different for everyone.  Whenever the right time is for you, I recommend setting aside a specific time and scheduling an appointment so you aren’t rushed. 

Look into your work’s maternity leave policy

Check with your HR department about their maternity leave policy.  Some companies offer paid leave or allow you to use sick days or vacation days toward this type of leave.  Make sure you know what forms you need to fill out.  Don’t leave this to do at the last minute.  The last thing you want is to be stressed out about getting all your paperwork and approvals in right before you have your baby.

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Start your baby registry

This is a fun one. I spent lots of time researching and talking to friends who recently had babies about what products and brands they recommend. Start creating a registry with all the items you’ll need for your baby.  If you’re having a baby shower this will give your guests direction on the best items to get for you.  There’s benefits to creating a baby registry even if you don’t have a baby shower.  Some places send you free gifts just for registering and most places will give you a discount on items that were not purchased.  Target, Amazon, and Babylist all give 10-15% discount on remaining items on your registry.

Research childcare options and availability

One of the biggest decisions for new parents is deciding on childcare.  If you’re like me, the thought of leaving your baby with someone else all day makes you cringe.  If you will be needing childcare when you go back to work, it’s important to research and understand the options available.  Daycares sometimes have a waiting list, so it’s best to start looking at your options as soon as possible.

Plan your baby shower

Find out who will be hosting your shower and where it will be located or if it will be virtual, given the current pandemic situation.  Start putting together a guest list and deciding if you want a specific theme or colors. 

One of my favorite ideas for baby showers is having guests bring/send a book for the baby in place of a card.  It’s something you’ll use and your baby will have a special gift from each of your closest friends and family members. 

Create a budget for maternity leave, child care, and baby’s first year

It’s not a secret that babies can be expensive.  If your maternity leave is unpaid, it’s a good idea to start saving for your time off so you don’t have any unwanted and unaffordable financial surprises.  Make sure to include anticipated child care costs in your budget for when you return to work.  There’s a helpful calculator here to help you determine the cost of your baby’s first year.

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Have your anatomy scan

If you didn’t find out your baby’s gender through tests in the first trimester, this is when you will learn the sex of your baby.  Anatomy scans are usually done around week 20 of pregnancy. 

Start brainstorming baby names

Now that you know the gender, it’s time to start deciding on names!  There are so many options when it comes to names.  If you’re indecisive like me, make a list of your top 5-10 names and have your husband do the same.  Eliminate the ones you both don’t agree on and hopefully that narrows it down a little!

Register for birthing classes

Start doing research on what type of birthing class you want to take.  If you plan on delivering in a hospital, your hospital will probably offer one.  If these are in person, they tend to fill up quickly.  There are tons of great options for online classes too (and some are even free!)

Have your gender reveal party

If you plan on having a gender reveal party, your 2nd trimester is a good time to have it.  A party is a great way to involve your family and friends in the reveal and a good excuse to have a delicious cake!  Who doesn’t love cake?

I know with the current pandemic lots of people are opting not to have an in-person party.  An alternative is to live stream the gender reveal so your family and friends can still be part of the excitement.

Send out baby shower invites

Whether you are doing this or your friend or family member who is planning your shower, it’s time to get those invites sent in the mail!

Contact a photographer

If you plan on having maternity photos, start looking into photographers.  Most people get these done between weeks 30 and 35 (somewhere in your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy).  At this time, you’ll hopefully still be feeling comfortable and be able to show off your pregnant belly!

Start planning the nursery

Now is the time to decide what room you want to make the nursery.  If there are any DIY projects you plan on completing, it’s a good time to start those.  You don’t need to have the nursery finished yet, but start thinking about the items you’ll need, color schemes, and how you will organize and set it up.

Before you know it, your baby will be here.  Use this time when you’re likely feeling your best to check a few things off your to-do list and relax knowing you are on your way to being prepared for your baby’s arrival.

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