â€¢ Eat just 300 calories more per day Even though your appetite is noticeably increasing, your daily calorie intake should go up just a little during the second and third trimesters. (Note: Your total gain should be 25 to 35 pounds if you're of normal weight.)
â€¢ Give in to some cravings But try to eat healthfully overall by choosing nutrient-rich foods like low-fat dairy, legumes, poultry, lean meats and fish.
â€¢ If you "run hot," eat cold foods Chilled fruit, frozen yogurt, and cold, cooked wild salmon are good choices.
â€¢ Eat dinner four hours before bed Your stomach is being squished by your growing baby, and forgoing food and drink before bedtime can help prevent heartburn (and minimize bathroom trips).
â€¢ Don't exercise flat on your back If you do, the pressure from your enlarged uterus may reduce blood flow in a large vein called the vena cava. Instead, do abdominal exercises while sitting or kneeling on all fours. Strong ab muscles can help prevent back pain.
â€¢ Watch your balance As your belly grows, your balance shifts. If you're doing step aerobics, lower the step; if you're walking, stick to flat terrain.
â€¢ Swim It feels great when you're really big and offers relief for swollen legs and an aching back. (The hard part is getting into a bathing suit!)
â€¢ Relieve leg cramps Flex your foot toward your face and do ankle circles first in one direction, then the other, to stretch your calf muscles.
â€¢ Listen to Your Body Fatigue becomes such a normal part of pregnancy that it's easy to ignore, but don't: your body may be telling you to rest.
What To Do Now
â€¢ Stay safe Keep wearing your seatbelt, and watch your step. If you do fall, your baby probably will be fine, as she is protected by the amniotic fluid.
â€¢ Check out local hospitals and make appointments to tour maternity wards.
â€¢ Begin planning your baby's nursery Determine what you'll need to buy (and what to register for).
â€¢ Sign up for childbirth classes You should enroll by month seven.
â€¢ Calm your fears about labor Seek out other pregnant women to talk with about your anxieties.
â€¢ Research cord blood banking Public or private? Go to fitpregnancy.com/cordblood for a primer.