Historically, the second trimester for me means early summer. I’m feeling good, the weather isn’t too miserable yet, the belly is rounding out from early pregnancy bloat, and by the middle to end of it people are already asking if I’m due any day. The upside to that is a great big pregnant belly can totally rock a bikini, and if nothing else, no one will dare say anything to you if you try.
It also means food. Glorious food. I’ve been known to wrap just about anything in a tortilla in the bottomless-pit that is the second trimester. Regular burritos piled high with veggies and cheese and spicy salsa, possibly with some ice cream or a mild smoothie to chase the inevitable heartburn. Breakfast burritos at any time of day. Salad wraps when it’s too hot for cooked food.
And the main courses can vary with the cravings that come and go with the wind. One night it might be stir fry, the next could be waffles. Catch me on a particularly ambitious day, and it might be both.
Toward the end of the second trimester, iron becomes a focus as blood volume increases. Then we go into full on lentils and grape juice mode, with a side of chlorophyll for good measure. And don’t forget the snacks! Garbanzo crunchies are a good go-to, and anything slathered in a good nut butter will make a happy preggie.
There is nothing quite like the second trimester of pregnancy. It’s the most enjoyable part, with the flutters of baby, (hopefully) soothing stomach, and the ability to walk properly that you may or may not retain in the next trimester. Eat up, mamas. This is when you really do glow (and not because you are clammy from puking like last month or sweating from the extra body heat like you will be in a couple months).