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 second trimester, weeks 14-27, is the time when pregnant women feel their best, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Their belly starts to grow, making their pregnancy more obvious. Also, around 20 weeks, they will start to feel the baby move. But, they start to feel better physically; energy is restored. Also, they’re likely passed the first trimester morning sickness.
During this time, ACOG recommends taking childbirth education classes. They are a great way to learn about what to expect during labor and delivery, and for partners, you can learn the best ways to support the mom-to-be during this time, understand your role and help alleviate any ‘new parent’ anxiety. (Here’s more information on childbirth education classes available at Burdett Birth Center.)
If you want to get away, now is the time. The second trimester is the best time for a woman to travel during pregnancy. She’s feeling better, there are less travel restrictions for women during their second trimester, and this may be the last time (for a long time) that the two of you can have a romantic getaway. We have two pieces of recommended reading. One is a previous blog on planning the perfect babymoon, and the other are pregnancy travel tips to keep in mind.
Twenty weeks is the halfway point! When you head to the doctor for prenatal doctor appointments, you’ll see the first prenatal ultrasound. It’s around this time that you’ll be able to find out the gender of the baby.