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11 Second Trimester Must-Haves

Second Trimester Must-Haves | Thoughts By Natalie

Now that I’m in my third trimester, I thought it would be fun (and helpful) to share some of the items that helped me get through the middle portion of my pregnancy. Obviously every pregnancy is different, but these are the things that I’ve personally relied on over the past several months…

ONE // Pregnancy Pillow
If you plan to get any sleep at all without back or hip pain, do yourself a favor and get one of these (personally, I was sent a Bump Nest Pillow to try and am totally addicted). I even use it when I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, or reading in bed.

TWO // Comfy Robe
Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but these days I pretty much live in my robe. In fact, I can almost guarantee that every blog post written during my second trimester was done while wearing my beloved cotton robe. It’s so easy to slip on in the morning, and I really only change out of it when I need to go somewhere. I’ve heard a robe is also very handy to have around when the baby arrives, as it makes breastfeeding quite easy. Win-win. These are some favorites…

>> Gilligan & O’Malley’s Robe
>> Gilligan & O’Malley’s Waffle Robe
>> Gap Stretch Jersey Short Robe

THREE // Long Tanks
Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Liz Lange for Target Sleeveless Tank Tops. I pair them with my leggings for lounging, with athletic bottoms for walks or with maternity pants as a base layer under a jacket or blazer. The grey one is my favorite, but I also adore the black and white striped one.

FOUR // Watermelon
While I still don’t love the taste of vegetables most of the time, fruit has been my best friend this pregnancy. Especially juicy watermelon! I slice it in half and eat it with a spoon. Easy, refreshing, hydrating and nutritious. Also, I eat a lot of chilled green grapes for snacks :)

FIVE // Running Skirt
Since it’s summer, athletic pants are a bit too warm for me, so my go-to for walks and even running errands has been a C9 by Champion Running Skort that I found at Target. It’s not maternity, but it sits low enough on the hips to fit under the belly—I just went up in size to get the right fit around the hips and bum.

SIX // Baby Registry
The second trimester is the time to make the baby registry happen! I personally am using to house all of my registry items since I’m sort of picky about the style of things (why is baby stuff so ugly?), and didn’t want to be limited to what’s offered at just one or two stores.

SEVEN // Black Leggings
When I’m not in my robe, I’m in black leggings. Comfortable and simple, they are a staple in my life no matter what, but especially while pregnant. I’ve been wearing the Liz Lange for Target Maternity Leggings, but it’s totally a matter of preference.

EIGHT // Long Cardigan
Along with the leggings and tanks, I tend to wear long cardigans—around the house, or even out to run errands. When I wear it out, I just slip on my Madewell pendant necklace and some sandals to keep the look put-together. The ones I wear have been in my closet for a few years, but these are some good options…

>> Old Navy Boyfriend Cardigan
>> J.Crew Classic Merino Long Cardigan
>> Mossimo Boyfriend Cardigan
>> Gap Slouchy Cardigan

NINE // Easy-to-Wear Dresses
Most of the time when I leave the house these days, I’m wearing a dress. Though I love jeans when not pregnant, dresses feel so much more comfortable (and practical) on a body that’s changing daily. The key is to find pieces that are either flowy or have a lot of stretch. These are the four that have gotten the most wear in my wardrobe this pregnancy…

>> Mossimo Racerback Maxi (I have it in black and in grey/black stripe)
>> HATCH Collection Meadow Dress
>> ASOS Maternity Swing Dress
>> Merona Sleeveless Striped Maxi

TEN // Babymoon :)
Do yourself a favor and take a babymoon—even if it’s just a weekend staycation in your town. Since we live in Southern California, Brian and I drove up to Santa Barbara for a weekend at the Belmond El Encanto as a sort of combo anniversary and babymoon trip, and it was absolutely the most restful vacation we’ve ever been on. I recommend finding a place with a nice pool or beach to lounge at, good restaurants nearby and a spa.

ELEVEN // Organic Decaf Coffee
As soon as coffee started to sound appealing again, I went to our local health food store and tracked down some organic decaf coffee pods to try. The one I’ve been drinking every morning is Gorilla Decaf by The Organic Coffee Co. I like knowing it wasn’t decaffeinated using chemicals, and it’s nice to have a bit of my old morning routine back in my life.

What would you add to the list?


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  • Sarah
    June 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I have to go find that coffee! I have a keurig and want a better option for decaf (chem-free) and bio-degradable pods. A win win! Thanks for the tip!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      June 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Oh yes, it’s good! The best organic decaf option I’ve found for the Keurig :) Perhaps Whole Foods also sells it?

  • Bethany
    June 25, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I also lived in my Gilligan O’Malley robe for my third trimester/postpartum days… They’re so comfy! Definitely a must-have.

  • Lisa
    June 26, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Love the bump neat pillow! Mine just came in yesterday. Thanks for sharing your 2nd trimester must haves!!!

  • Megan
    June 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Tried the coffee and I love it! Organic, biodegradable, fair wage, and water processed decaf? And not expensive? Where has this been all my life ….

  • Hannah
    September 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Love this list, it’s a perfect must have list! I ordered the decaf gorilla coffee pods and they arrived this today… they smell amazing! Can’t wait to try them! So thankful I found this list of yours!!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      September 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      So great! Glad I could help you find some good coffee :)

  • Madison Yoshida
    October 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I love how comfortable the bump nest pillow is! Unfortunately, as comfortable as it is, I can’t sleep with it! It’s the weirdest thing, I just lay there thinking, “I’m so comfortable, but why can’t I sleep?”. I’m hoping it will start working for me as I get bigger. If not, it’s a good reading or watching tv pillow :-)