Posted: Mar 25, 2012 1:57 PM
 
Congratulations and welcome to your second trimester. If you're like many moms-to-be, the morning sickness has disappeared and the exhaustion has even subsided (no more naps at work!). In fact, you could even be one of the many women who have tons of energy during this time. So how should you channel it? Read on for a list of ideas for how to use that burst of second trimester energy (because it doesn't last for long!).

Exercise

If you're like many expectant moms, your first trimester wasn't easy. You had morning sickness and were no doubt exhausted. So the last thing you felt like doing was stepping on a treadmill. But now that you're feeling better and have more energy, you should exercise. It's important for you and your baby. Be sure to talk with your doctor about what type of exercise program is right for you.

Stock up

Now is the time to start stocking up on things you'll need for the baby and the baby's room that you might not want to register for. Think diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream! The last thing you (or more likely your partner) want to be doing after the baby is born is running out in the middle of the night to get much-needed baby supplies.

Make room for baby

While your energy is high, tackle the nursery. Organize the closets to make room for additional baby items. Clear a space in the garage or storage room for items you'll receive at your baby shower but won't be able to use right away. When you become bigger and more tired in the third trimester, you'll be happy you tackled your to-do list already.

Register

Although exciting, registering for your baby shower can be very overwhelming the first time you do it (who knew there were so many styles of bottles?). You can do it all online or you can go to the store and pick your items in person. Either way, registering is often not handled in one online session or one visit to the store. The good news is that you don't have to do it alone. Enlist the help of a friend or relative who's recently been pregnant and let her offer you advice on baby must-haves. Because almost all registries can be found online, you can also copy someone's registry to make it even easier.

Go on a babymoon

It's not a surprise that once you have a baby, life's never going to be the same again. But what you may not realize is how it won't be easy just to pick up and go to dinner or on a weekend getaway. So take advantage of the last few months of it being just the two of you and plan for some much-needed relaxation, pampering, sleep -- and even sex. Once baby comes, a lot of these things will hit the back burner -- at least at first.

More about the second trimester

Second trimester ultrasound: What to expect
Finding out the gender: Yay or nay?
How much caffeine is safe during pregnancy?

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