This is a phase when you have to do a balancing act, so to speak. It is like this. If you were getting up and moving around every two hours in the first trimester, you will now need to do it every hour. This will keep your blood circulation normal which, in other words, means that you will reduce the risk of blood clots. More importantly, this will prevent your feet and ankles from swelling.
But, take care not to over indulge by walking for longer periods. Do not push yourself too hard because you will be getting tired earlier than you used to in the first trimester. That is the balance you will need to maintain.
Your nausea or morning sickness has reduced and this is the most comfortable phase of the pregnancy. So, it is a good time to do some safe travel. However, adventure sports are a strict no-no. Avoid thrill rides, even those in water parks, scuba diving or riding horseback. Ideally, choose a holiday that will give you peace of mind and be soothing for your body. It might be a good idea to visit one of your favourite quiet getaways.
Whether it is by car or train or plane that you are travelling, remember your comfort is primary. Keep the seat belt fastened at all times, even in the car. On a flight, remember to get the aisle seat with the extra leg space. Ensure that you carry some food with you always. Food may not always be available on a high way or on the plane or train whenever your system craves for it.
Of course, you will have to remain hydrated all the time because dehydration is one of the major concerns during this trimester. So, drink lots of water, fruit juices and non-caffeinated drinks.
If you are travelling by a car, do remember to carry a small cushion with you to support your back. This is the phase when your little one is growing. To help the foetus get more space, you will need to create more space for yourself, too.