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Friday, 6 November 2020

Second Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

As my second trimester draws to a close and I make my way into the third and final pregnancy trimester, I thought I'd share some essential products that I couldn't have been without between weeks 12 and 27  of pregnancy.

Tummy Oil

My tummy (and boobs, and hips, and bum, and thighs...) has certainly grown during the second trimester, so I've been using products to keep the skin feeling supple and moisturised to prevent stretch marks and itching as the skin stretches. In the morning I like the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion as it's pretty light and sinks in super quickly, but in the evening I like to use either the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter which is really think and more heavily scented but extremely moisturising, or the My Expert Midwife Fantastic Skin Elastic Oil. I've found the ritual of using these products helps me bond with baby a little more too!

Pregnancy Pillow

It's really important to stop sleeping in your back or tummy as your bump grows as it can be dangerous for baby, so sleeping specifically on your left side is recommended. This can sometimes become a little uncomfortable, especially as your bump gets bigger, but spooning a good pregnancy pillow is a lifesaver! Since I've started using mine to keep my hips aligned I've noticed I sleep better, I don't roll onto my back as much as I haven't suffered any hip pain (touch wood). I was kindly gifted a Kally Body Pillow and I'm obsessed with it! It's perfectly firm, well stuffed, super long, soft and a must-have for the second trimester and beyond.

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