Second Trimester Faves

Hi friends! Thank you again for all of the kind and wonderful wishes on yesterday’s post. We sincerely appreciate it, and I will definitely keep you updated as time goes on. <3

It’s so hard to believe that we’re already in the 3rd trimester! While some part of me feels like I’ve been pregnant forever (that would be the part that makes it so uncomfortable to find a sleep position), the other part feels like we found out we were expecting yesterday. Since we’re into the last 12-ish weeks of pregnancy, I thought I’d share some of the things that were helpful during the 2nd trimester:

Second trimester faves

1) Maternity support belt

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As I mentioned before, I’ve had quite a bit of round ligament and hip flexor pain, especially on the right side. Thankfully, it still feels good to work out, but if I walk too quickly, I start to cramp up. I’ve been wearing this maternity support belt almost daily, and it has made a huge difference. It’s funny because I thought I’d be able to re-use my support belt from my last pregnancy. It fits and feels completely different! It’s so much fabric, and I feel like it’s way too hot to wear. It’s interesting how things change pregnancy to pregnancy. Going onto the next one:

2) An awesome chiropractor!

I found a chiropractor I liked here in San Diego, and even posted about it on the blog, but ended up deleting that part of the post because I was extremely sore a few days later. This has never happened before, and I didn’t feel comfortable going back, despite how kind the owners were. Instead, I found a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique and specializes in pregnant women. ALSO, when I get adjusted, she massages me a little bit. She rubs my head and head, my belly after she relaxes the ligaments, and my back. In a nutshell, it is heavenly. If you’re in San Diego and want her info, just leave me a comment and I’ll send it over to you!

 3) The Bellaband

This is how I’ve still managed to sausage my way into my beloved Joe’s jean shorts and favorite pants. The Bellaband makes it all possible haha. 🙂 I love that it transitions regular bottoms into maternity-style bottoms, and since many of my tops are long, you can rarely see the band. (If anything, it just looks like a camisole peeping out.)



4) Mamma Mio skincare.

This continues to be my favorite, and I especially love the belly butter and face wash. I’ll still use the L’Occitane supple skin oil from time to time, but since my allergies have been so bad, the fragrance is a bit strong right now. 


Mamma mio

5) Popsicles 🙂

They deserved a spot on this list. They taste SO good right now. 🙂

6) Athletic pants from For Two Fitness.

I’m debating getting a couple more pairs, because the fit like a dream and feel so comfy, especially for barre workouts. 

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7) The uniform: a stretchy dress, shorts and a flowy tank, or a maxi skirt with a fitted tank top.

My friend Ashley picked up this one for me at Target. 🙂

Carousel in the rain

(I can’t wait to see the little sisters together.)

8) Something you can’t put in a package: my hubby for being so awesome.

As I’ve been slowing down with life and feeling really tired, he’s helped out a lot with cooking, Livi-related duties and things around the house. He’s kind of amazing. 😉 

Hope you have a great afternoon! 

Preg friends: what’s something that’s making life a little easier for you right now? Any weird cravings lately? I went to Sprouts today just for spicy plantain chips haha. 




First Trimester Faves

Some blast from the past posts:

3rd trimester fuel

What I learned about pre- and postnatal fitness

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  1. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I want to try plantain chips! I’ve heard awesome things!

  2. Elizabeth Beil on July 28, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I can’t believe your in the 3td trimester!! Still many thoughts and prayers your way for your little one! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      thank you!!

  3. RachelG on July 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    It is bad to say that Cheetos are helping me? lol. I don’t eat them very often but when I crave them, give in, and buy a bag, it feels so gratifying. 😉

    On the other side, prenatal yoga stretches and the Old Navy maternity tank tops have been amazing!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      haha i love it!!
      totally need to hit up old navy too

  4. Katie @ Live Half Full on July 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I’ve been craving lemonade like crazy!!! I’m loving my pregnancy pillow, short strength workouts, walks and prenatal yoga. And massage- I’ve been getting one every three weeks and it’s made all the difference for my lower back pain!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      lemonade sounds fantastic right now! thank you for the massage reminder too 😉

  5. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on July 28, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I know you said you feel like you’ve been pregnant forever, but to me, as an avid reader, I feel as though your pregnancy has flown by! It feels like just yesterday I was reading that exciting announcement!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      aww thank you!

  6. Laura Ann on July 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I am a local and would love the name of your chiro. Sounds heavenly!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      emailed you!

  7. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine on July 28, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    My weirdest pregnancy craving– ice! I’ve been buying drinks while I am out just to chew on the ice when I get too warm. I’m down to the last 2 weeks — can’t wait to lose some of this extra blood and not be so hot all the time! And of course, to meet the little guy.

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      ahhh you’re so close!

  8. on July 29, 2015 at 4:41 am

    All I want is sweets–all day everyday!

  9. Maria on July 29, 2015 at 5:20 am

    We were at the zoo the other day and I couldn’t pass the frozen lemonade stand without stopping. It tasted amazing! Raisin bran cereal has also been high on my list. I’m normally not a big cereal person for breakfast, but I can’t resist it this second trimester.

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:38 am

      i’m totally hankering for lemonade now. and yes on the cereal! i’ve been eating the brown rice puffs quite often lately, and i’m not usually a huge cereal person either

  10. kristin | W [H] A T C H on July 29, 2015 at 6:22 am

    cheers to great chiropractors!

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:29 am


  11. Jessica on July 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Gina! I am a local SD friend and would love your chiro’s name. I am also expecting and am desperate for a good adjustment. Thank you so much!

  12. Liz on July 31, 2015 at 11:12 am

    That’s awesome your hubby has been so supportive. Mine has been too and it makes a huge difference! Lucky girls we are! I don’t really have any strong pregnancy cravings but pineapple and watermelon both taste insanely heavenly to me right now.

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      we are lucky girls indeed 🙂 same! fruit tastes fantastic right now

  13. april on August 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    i can’t believe in you’re already in the third trimester! i’m so excited for your little one to arrive in a few weeks 🙂

  14. Rachel on November 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I’m in San Diego, about 33 weeks pregnant, and have been looking for a great chiropractor to help with some of these preggo back issues. Would you mind passing along the info of yours? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Dr steph at cafe of life! She will set you free haha. Congratulations on your pregnancy!!

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