I never realized how much my chest would change throughout my pregnancy, but by my second trimester I definitely needed to invest in a couple larger bras. Don't be surprised if you have to go up a couple cup sizes, and just go with what fits best and try to ignore the tag. Trust me when I say you won't care as long as it's comfortable. I decided to go with a nursing bra that I found at Target since I will be needing nursing bras once our little girl is here and it will save me having to try on and buy new bras twice.
I tried out some of the different pregnancy pillows but found what worked best for me was just using a regular body pillow. I found one that I could take the cover off of and wash since I figured I'd be using it for the rest of my pregnancy. I use this every night, and had a tough time sleeping without it on our Babymoon. This is what worked best for me, but everyone is different and has different sleeping positions so just find what is most comfortable for you.
One of the things I've tried to be most conscious about throughout my pregnancy is my exercise. While I'm definitely not out running any marathons or even running at all, I try to get out and go for a walk at least once a day. There are definitely days where I would rather just sit on the couch or take a nap, but after getting a Fitbit, I was motivate to try to reach my goal steps every day, especially when I can compare myself to friends and family. Let's just say, even when I'm pregnant I'm still competitive. I got the Fitbit flex, and it tracks my steps, mileage, calories burned, active minutes and sleep. There are several other models that each track different things, but I love mine and would definitely recommend it for helping keep you on track and aware of your activity.
I never used to be a breakfast person, but ever since becoming pregnant, I have to eat in the morning! And while I'm not motivated to get up early and make myself a full breakfast, Clif Bars have become my go to for breakfast and as snacks throughout the day. Having something quick and easy to keep in my purse for when I need some protein or a snack has been a lifesaver.
On top of getting more exercise, I really try to intake lots of water throughout the day. One thing that helps me stay on track is having a water bottle I can keep with me all the time. I find myself thirsty all the time and having this with me constantly keeps me from getting too thirsty/grumpy.
Once I hit my second trimester was when I really started to keep track of my growing tummy. Having a camera other than my iPhone to capture my weekly pictures was a huge must have for me. And thankfully, I also have my sweet husband who doesn't mind being my photographer on a weekly basis. But whether or not you have someone to take your photos, you can always use your phone or a tripod to still capture the changes over time. I was a little uneasy about doing this at first because I was nervous about how I looked with my growing stomach, but looking back on them now it's really neat to see the weekly changes.
Hopefully some of the things that worked for me will be helpful for some of you as well! What were your must haves in your second trimester, or what couldn't you not have gotten through your pregnancy without?