The second trimester is a good time to start planning and preparing for approaching delivery as you are likely to have more energy and fewer pregnancy symptoms. Here are some detailed steps you can take to plan and prepare for delivery:
- Learn about childbirth: Educate yourself about the different stages of labor and delivery, and pain relief options available to you. You can join childbirth classes, attend prenatal yoga classes, and read books or articles that discuss childbirth.
- Consider breastfeeding: Breastfeeding provides many benefits for both you and your baby. Research the benefits of breastfeeding and consider taking a breastfeeding class to learn about proper technique and troubleshooting common challenges.
- Make preparations at home: During the second trimester, you can start making preparations for your baby’s arrival, including setting up the nursery or dedicated space, purchasing baby supplies, and packing your hospital bag.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise can help you maintain your fitness level and prepare your body for labor and delivery. Consult with your healthcare provider about what types of exercise are safe during pregnancy.
- Maintain a healthy diet – Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and protein foods. Choose foods and drinks with less added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium (salt).
- Practice right breathing techniques – Practice paced breathing techniques every day, starting at least 2 months before your due date: Take a deep breath to fill your lungs completely and exhale it.
- Watch your weight – During a healthy pregnancy, women typically gain between 12-15 kilograms.
By taking these steps during the second trimester, you can feel more confident and prepared for delivery.