Your Second Trimester Pregnancy: How to Fight Anemia

Your second trimester pregnancy will be demystified with simple tips and healthy habits to adopt. Get essential information from common worries to your birth plan. Learn how to keep your balance in a journey that can be destabilizing and joyful.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do”. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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During your second trimester, it’s usually a period where you enjoy your pregnancy with a body in top shape. After rest and care required during the first trimester, a regular practice of prenatal yoga is a good habit to keep. Yoga will now energize you so you can carry your child with less stress and more self-confidence.

Your 2nd trimester is a stage of physical, mental and emotional transformations. Yoga can help you keeping your balance. It’s a great opportunity for bonding with your baby. As you get to know your body through a daily yoga practice (10-15 minutes), you will be confronted with your strengths and weaknesses. A great way to prepare yourself for childbirth!

If your level of energy is very low during your second trimester pregnancy, you may want to verify your intake of foods rich in iron. According to the World Health Organization, 25% of the global population have an iron deficiency. Being pregnant literally doubles your needs!

The Second Trimester Pregnancy = Fighting Anemia!

During your pregnancy trimesters, your intake of iron is supposed to be 27 mg every day. Compare to 18 mg for a woman aged 19-50 years and to 8 mg for a man aged 19-50. Here is an overview of foods rich in iron according to the Dieticians of Canada (you should read their document) :

Cooked instant oatmeal. 175 ml (3/4 cup) = 4,5 to 6,6 mg of iron.
Cooked oysters. 75 g = 3.3 to 9 mg of iron.
Cooked pork liver. 75 g = 13,4 mg of iron.
Cooked soy beans. 175 ml (3/4 cup) = 6,5 mg of iron.
Cooked tofu. 175 ml (3/4 cup) = 2,4 to 8 mg of iron.
Cooked lentils. 175 ml (3/4 cup) = 4,1 to 4,9 mg of iron.
Cooked beans (white, black, red, pintos). 175 ml (1 cup) = 5 to 8 mg of iron.
Cooked pumpkin or squash seeds. 60 ml (1/4 cup) = 1,4 to 4,7 mg of iron.
Blackstrap molasses. 15 ml (1 table spoon) = 3,6 mg of iron.
Cooked spinach. 125 ml (1/2 cup) = 2 to 3,4 mg of iron.
To improve the absorption of iron by the body, we must combine these foods with fruits (mainly kiwi, orange, melon and strawberry) and vegetables high in vitamin C.Tea and coffee can interfere with iron absorption due to their tannins. I suggest that you drink them two hours after your meals.

You need inspiration to cook more often?

Irecommend whole-heartedly this wonderful book, Eating for Pregnancy by Catherine Jones. She won the Mom’s Choice Award for its easy, tasty and healthy recipes. Beside the practical nutrition advice, this book become pretty handy with the Nine-Month-Later section covering breastfeeding, postpartum depression, etc. A must! You can click on the link below to have an overview of this great cookbook.

Find out more on our step by step guide Pregnancy Yoga Resource. Click here to download it.

Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be

Transcending Worry

The second trimester pregnancy is a great moment to know yourself better. It’s a good period to find out what YOU need to know to give birth with confidence.

Your search have to begin within you.

During the second trimester, I deeply think that you should pay attention to your worries…and learn from them! Explore your fears and worries! Pregnant women all around the world have worries about a particular aspect of their pregnancy, childbirth and/or motherhood.

It’s natural and healthy to have worries. Fear is a normal part of birth. Talk with a friend or your partner about your worries, write about them or draw your fears! You need to shift from fearful thoughts to something more constructive. Here is a list of common worries during pregnancy trimesters:

Fearing the changes that will come when your child will enter in your life.
Not being able to stand the pain during labor.
Having an abnormal or dead baby.
Having medical interventions and not knowing if it’s necessary or if there’s an alternative.
Not being able to keep your privacy during labor and delivery.
Feeling panicked instead of staying calm (or in control) during labor.
Not having the physical capacity of giving birth naturally.
It is normal, as your due date approaches, to feel at your most powerful and, at the same time, at your most vulnerable.

Birth Plan
If you are going to write a birth plan, the second trimester pregnancy is a good moment to start the process. Using your worries to prepare you mentally, physically and emotionally to give birth is a powerful tool.

But, let’s be clear about something: labor and delivery are impossible to plan!

Whether you want to give birth in your home, in a birth center or in hospital, your fears will help you to find a way to cope with your true ability, your innate power to give birth naturally.

To help you choose your preferences, here is a Birth Plan Sheet to learn about your options.

Here are some ideas that you can keep in mind if you are writing your birth plan:

Childbirth (labor and delivery) belongs to YOU.
Make inquiries about hospital interventions (induction, monitoring, epidural, etc.) and be informed of the possible alternative.
Establishing one or two priorities. Keep your birth plan short and realistic.
It’s the role of the person who accompanies you to be vigilant regarding compliance with your birth choices.
One thing is sure about birth plan it’s that once you have written it down, you have to let it go! Stubborn in the vision, flexible in the details!

Your Baby during your Second Trimester Pregnancy

By the end of your second trimester, your baby will measures 24 cm to 33 cm (9 to 10 inches) and weighs a little over than 1 kg (2 pounds).

During the 2nd trimester, your baby’s genital organs are developing. Your baby become more active and you will start to feel her/his moves. Wow! What an incredible feeling!

Enjoy your pregnancy and stay active!

You are grace in action!

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