Welcome to the second trimester! Often, the second trimester is the best of all three. Most early pregnancy symptoms will likely ease up. Typically the nausea subsides, her energy level should be picking up, emotions may even out, and sex drive could potentially return.
Between 16 and 20 weeks your partner will start to feel the baby move inside her. You might be able to feel the baby kick by placing your hands on the tummy. Talk/sing to your baby. Hearing your voice helps your baby feel attached to you quickly once he/she is born.
As the uterus grows, it cramps the lungs making it a little harder for air to flow in and out, so your partner may feel shortness of breath even doing the most mundane of activities. Her bump will start to show and as she’s putting on weight, she may be worried about the long-term effects that pregnancy may have on her body. Reassure her that her body is changing and will continue to do so, but it’s all temporary.
Things that you can do:
- Treat her to a beauty boost like a manicure or a trip to the hair salon.
- Accompany her when she has her scans. It’s quite a surreal feeling seeing your baby on screen. You support is essentially important if she needs extra tests done.
- Save the obstetrician and hospital number in your phone. They are always happy to answer any of your questions.
- Start carrying the shopping – carrying can put a lot of strain on her back, so do the shopping yourself or together.
- Get together for a dad’s dinner- Whatever you’re going through, challenges you’re facing, you probably know another dad who has been there. Organise a dinner with friends who are great dads and ask them for tips on what to expect. They’ll have some great idea son how to support your partner and be the best father you can be.