A typical pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. During that time, as a partner, you can support the mom-to-be in many ways. One of which is to educate yourself about pregnancy and be aware of what happens during each three-month period, known as a trimester, leading up to the birth of the baby.
The first trimester, the first 13 weeks, can be an emotional time for a woman, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Mood swings can be common. It can take time for both of you to adjust. Know that pregnancy hormones are real; don’t take emotional explosions personally. As a partner are likely to experience emotional ups and downs, too. Don’t worry – this is normal! Listen to one another and offer support.
During this time, women require more rest than normal. Encourage your partner to get more rest, and understand that she may be tired… most of the time. Make sure you and your partner eat healthy meals together, but also be aware that a pregnancy changes a woman’s palette. Intense pregnancy cravings are real. But there are also foods that will make a woman nauseous.
Also, morning sickness is common – symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Don’t be deceived by the name; morning sickness can happen at any time of the day and at night. Some women may have it bad, some not-so-bad. When it comes to morning sickness, just know that it may not be permanent. Most women do experience relief by the end of their first trimester. We put together Six Tips for Easing Morning Sickness During Pregnancy which is definitely recommended reading for both pregnant women and their partners.
Then, of course, there are her prenatal doctor appointments. As a partner, you’ll most likely want to go to these appointments for both moral support and also to know what is happening with the baby.
Check back with us soon as we provide some more tips and insights into supporting your partner during their second trimester.