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My Second Trimester Essentials

My second trimester has absolutely flown by. And I am now very quickly hurtling towards the third and final trimester of my second pregnancy. I (stupidly) fully expected that upon entering the second trimester my energy levels would return. And that I may even have be blessed with that wonderful pregnancy glow everyone talks about. Let me tell you… It’s all lies. Well for me anyway! I have been utterly EXHAUSTED these last few months, probably even more so than in the first trimester. There’s been no glow over here, just lots of dark circles under my tired eyes that even a stupid amount of concealer struggles to hide.

I thought I would share with you a few of the things that have made my second trimester a little easier along with a couple or things that I have just been really loving lately.

How To Grow A Baby & Push It Out Book By Clemmie Hooper

I pre ordered this book months ago and was so excited to read it as soon as it fell through my door the day it was released. It definitely didn’t disappoint! I read the whole thing cover to cover within a matter of days. Clemmie writes so honestly and tells it exactly how it is. Even though I’m expecting my second baby I still learnt a few new things!

Sistema Water Bottle

Pregnancy always makes me super thirsty so I have been carrying my water bottle with me wherever I go lately. I try to drink a couple of these a day as I get very easily dehydrated which always causes me awful headaches.

Lush Bubble Bars

I’ve been struggling with back ache a lot more during this pregnancy than my first. I have found warm bubble baths one of the only things that relieves it a little. So a long soak with some kind of lush bath goody is a must. The comforter & bright side bubble bars are my faaaaves.

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

This is something I put on my Christmas list and Josh told me it was very hippy! But it has been wonderful and I use it all the time. I struggle to relax most of the time but by burning relaxing scents in my diffuser it really does help me to unwind. My favourite essential oil has to be pink grapefruit!

Collection Concealer

Concealer is always a staple part of my make up routine but I have found myself reaching for it more than ever this pregnancy. I have got terrible dark circles and I have been having plenty of hormonal break outs lately too. This collection one is super cheap but does a wonderful job. I have been using it for years and recommend it to everyone!

Secret Saviours Bump Band

I was sent this fab product a month or so ago along with the day gel and night cream. I have been absolutely loving using it so far! And it seems to be doing a wonderful job of keeping any new stretch marks at bay as well as keep my existing ones well hydrated! I’ll be sharing a full detailed review nearer the end of my pregnancy.

Next Maternity Tights & Leggings

As much as I like to try and stay as stylish as possible whilst expecting I also think that being comfortable is way more important. I have been wearing my maternity tights all the time as they are so much more comfortable than jeans. Leggings are of course also a pregnancy must have. I mostly wear mine around the house or for if  I’m having a more casual day I will team them with shirts and converse or trainers.


I can’t seem to stomach big meals anymore so I’ve taken to eating little and often instead. These fibre one bars are great for popping in my handbag when I’m out about. 

Hypnobirthing App

I dabbled with a bit of hypnobirthing when I was expecting Bella but I have been trying (and failing!) to do it more regularly this time around. I tend to listen to the positive affirmations through headphones before I go to sleep. It relaxes me so much that I never seem to hear the end as I’m already asleep! 

Lip Balm

My lips have been super chapped lately which isn’t something I normally suffer with! I usually wear lipstick most days but it just looks awful when my lips are super dry. Instead I have been reaching for a tinted lip balm which keeps my lips moisturised but also gives a hint of colour!

What were your pregnancy essentials?

Harriet XO



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  • OddHogg

    I love my water bottle, both in pregnancy and normally! I have a Hydrate M8

    March 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Living Life Our Way

    Love the name of the book lol! Yup, leggings are definitely an essential! All the best, Katie 🙂 x

    March 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Emma

    That book sounds amazing! I wish I had tried something more to keep stretch marks at bay as I’ve had three kids now and have so many on my stomach and hips! x

    March 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Lyndsay-Rose

    Such a great list. I was thirsty too. And had a craving for salty food which made me worse

    March 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm Reply
  • Sonia Cave

    That book looks fantastic. I’m afraid my constant companion in both pregnancies was a sick bowl!!

    March 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply
  • Lindsey

    I am a major fan of essential oils, something about the smells just eases me. I have heard great things abot Clemmies books, think I may have to snap it up. x

    March 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply
  • Babies and Beauty

    I was exactly the same with Patrick, I had no energy the further I went on and it was so frustrating when everyone said I should have bundles of it. The pink grapefruit essential oil sounds divine and has seriously tempted me into sneaking onto amazon after this. Glad to hear you’re all getting on fairly well though lady.

    March 3, 2017 at 2:11 am Reply
  • Vikki Holness

    What a great list of essentials! One of the things i couldn’t live without during my second trimester was a maternity pillow, it did wonders for my back and improved sleep as well! xx

    March 3, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply
  • Janine Dolan

    Don’t think I really had any pregnancy essentials. I lived in leggings.

    March 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • Alex Lamb & Bear

    This is a lovely list. I really wish I’d tried the Secret Saviours products when I was pregnant. My essentials were gaviscon, oversized dresses and bubble baths! X

    March 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Georgina

    I so need to read this book! Vaseline & water are huge essentials for me too, as well as gaviscon and my maternity jeans! 🙂 xx

    March 7, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    My best friend is pregnant and is in her 2nd timester, but she doesn’t feel like shes glowing either!!

    March 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply
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