Second trimester tips to look good and feel great!

by Melissa Jaramillo

Feeling Great Second TrimesterWhew! It's wonderful to feel good!

Now that you're past the first few weeks, you're probably feeling a bit better. Starting to get those familiar bursts of energy back?

How have you decided to spend it?

Along with fixing up the nursery and buying a car seat, you should definitely add "taking care of yourself" to your pregnancy to-do list.

Here's how you can keep yourself looking and feeling great!

Second trimester essential tips

It can be a challenge to pick out comfy and stylish maternity fashions. With an ever-growing body you might be ready to throw up your hands. Pick a style you love, and stick with it!

Boost your mood with food: Eating small, nutritious meals keeps your blood sugar level and moods stable. Certain foods improve moods. Chemicals in chocolate, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and foods high in omega-3s have a positive effect. '

Energy level mid-pregnancy: Your energy's returned along with your appetite. If it's still missing, increase it by exercising or participating in meditation and other stress relievers to boost energy.

Pregnancy thrills and chills

Pregnancy brings out the best in us, at least in some areas. While you're waiting for your bump to hurry up and grow, you can come up with creative, comfy outfits.

First, let's look at the benefits that come with pregnancy:

Bra size increases. Did yours increase by a size or two?

Hair gets lush and gorgeous. The same hormones that make you queasy tell your hair to gain body and thickness. Some moms' hair turns curly or straightens.

"Glowing and beautiful".You're radiating. It's not because you're hot. Some friends might know you're pregnant just because you "glow."

Pregnancy can bring a few "friends" you may not want to meet:

Feeling thick: You check from every possible angle and still feel "thick." You have a couple of choices. Show it off and leave people guessing or have a "baby on board" shirt as a "subtle" hint. Prefer loose clothing until the bump shows? That works, too!

Puffy fingers and feet: With more blood volume, you might have swollen fingers, feet, ankles and legs. Purchase comfortable clothes and shoes.

More freckles and moles: You may find moles and freckles getting darker or their numbers multiplying.

Pregnancy acne: Darn hormones! While the curls and lushness are worth it, they can also wreak havoc with your skin. A bummer indeed.

Dress for maternal success

How do you want to look this pregnancy? Whether you're concealing or revealing, these tips can get you started finding your favorite look.

Be trendy and stylish. Once you hit your fourth or fifth month, you start expanding. You also start digging in your closet looking for clothing that fits. You can find fashionable maternity wear without breaking your bank. Start with a 4-piece maternity kit. Purchase a pair of stretchy pants, a slim skirt with a belly panel, a dress and a 3/4-sleeve top. You'll be able to mix and match throughout your pregnancy.

Check your closet for other options. You may already have everything you need during for the in-between weeks. A long tunic can hide bulges comfortably. It can also compliment a pair of maternity jeans that don't quite fit yet.

Choose clothes that grow with you. Skirts can be your friend. They can fit now and under your bump as your baby grows. You can tuck in a not-quite long enough tank top into a stretchy skirt pulled over your bump.

What helps you feel and look your best mid-pregnancy?

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