*All of these tips and tricks are from The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book – available on Amazon now. There are 280 soul sessions. One for every day of this crazy, wild ride called pregnancy! Stay positive, stay creative, stay you even as everything around you is changing…
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Welcome to your Second Trimester!
Fireworks! Backflips! Cheers! All things you should do when you reach your second trimester. Well, maybe leave the backflips to your partner.
Congratulations, Mama. All the horrors of the first trimester, including nausea, exhaustion, general ickiness should be subsiding. You are starting to feel more like your old self, just with an amazing miracle growing inside you!
So read on for tips and tricks to remember during weeks 14-27 to make this pregnancy as comfortable and special as possible.
Want to know the 5 things I do Every Single Day to help get my mind right, my soul steady, and my creativity flowing? Check out my 5 Step Daily Pregnancy Routine – HERE!
Second Trimester Pregnancy Tips
1.) Reset Your Mindset
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” -Anne Lamott.
Now that you have reached this new milestone, it’s time to reset your mind, body, and spirit. You owe it to yourself and your baby (and probably your husband and best friend!) to cleanse yourself of the past 13 weeks and start fresh. Only you can do that, though. Go to a prenatal yoga class, meditate, breathe, pray, take a walk and reset.
2.) Find The Magic
We all just need more magic and spirit in our life. It’s that simple, really.
What inspires you? Causes you to dream? Keeps you faithful? Puts a smile on your face that starts deep down in your soul? Is it the ocean? An artist? A favorite book?
Sometimes I get bogged down in the daily routine of my life, and I have to stop and remember what fuels my inner pilot light. If I get distracted from that, I feel it in a negative way.
But honestly we should never feel “stuck” during this incredibly “unstuck” time in our lives. Never before have we experienced this much daily change. So go ignite that pilot light today…what are you waiting for? Can’t find the light? Start a morning journaling practice and/or MEDITATE!
Download your free meditation worksheet and be diligent in practicing every day.
Ever heard of the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it?” Or how about pasting a smile on your face when all you want to do is frown. They say a person who even forces a smile on blue days will ultimately be happier than the person who sulks the hours away. Because the smile will win out in the end. That’s a fact.
4.) Laugh With Gals In Your Same Boat
Seek out other pregnant women. It’s a lovely and entertaining club you are now initiated into…if you let it be.
Shrug off unwanted advice or chatter that doesn’t suit you, and focus instead on the friends who inspire you, the friends who make you laugh your way through this often times hysterical adventure.
There is nothing better than a good belly massaging and soul smiling laugh. And if it makes you feel this good…imaging how the little nugget is feeling too.
5.) Face Your Fear
“A little bit of fear never hurt anyone…”. A classic saying. What are you afraid of today?
Fear can motivate us, paralyze us, piss us off, or just exhaust us. What are you afraid of today? Stretch marks? The health of the sweet baby growing inside you? Perhaps it’s a fear of losing the life you led before.
It could be a million different things, but for today, for right now, pick one. Pick one fear and dwell on it for just a few moments. Acknowledge this fear to yourself, your heart and soul, and watch what happens.
Life will always be full of challenges sowing seeds of doubt that creep in to hinder you on your journey. The more we can see these fears, identify with them, let them have their moment, the easier we can begin to breathe through them…and send them on their way.
6.) Be Grateful
Being grateful immediately releases your mind from a negative focus. Some days are harder than others to stay light. The hormones can so easily take over and take control, and to what purpose?
When I feel the negative thoughts begin to win out, I immediately start mentally listing all the things I am grateful for. From the biggest love to the smallest lavender plant in my garden…I change my thoughts.
And my focus shifts. Every time.
Whatever was bothering me cannot survive in that happy place. So start that gratitude journal. Every night before you go to bed, write down one thing you are grateful for today. Just one. You’ll fall asleep with a smile on your face, I promise.
7.) Don’t Compare
Comparing ourselves to other pregnant mamas may be one of the worst symptoms we experience in these 9 months. And now is the time it can get really ugly.
Our amazing tummies start to pop, and every single one of us pops differently. It is so hard to simply let go and just enjoy. Just enjoy the amazing organ that is our uterus and never, not once, ever compare ourselves to someone else.
And yet we do. So many of us out there waste precious seconds, minutes, hours on feeling not good enough, not skinny enough (we are pregnant, eh hem), that our bodies aren’t changing the way we want them to…
“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we” -Ina May Gaskin
You and me…we are experiencing a miracle. Enjoy being a part of the miracle.