Experts say that the first trimester is the trickiest. Your partner may exhibit symptoms such as:
- Tiredness- This is due to shifts in hormones
- Vomiting and nausea– It also occurs due to hormonal variations
- Painful breasts– As they gear up, they may become sore
- Mood swings– She may be irritable quite often
How to Help Her
- Listen to advice from close and supportive friends and family – This essential, especially for first-time dads. You may listen to experiences from your friends who’ve had babies. From them, you can note what your partner will need. Other ways to help her may include:
- Staying calm– Remember that mood swings will not last long
- Start cooking– Remember, however that the smell of some foods may make her feel sick
- Encourage her-to focus on important issues such as having a more healthy diet
- Do the heavy work– This is essential as it will prevent her from back strains.
The second trimester begins at the start of week 14. It ends at 27 weeks and 6 days. As your partner’s belly grows, it becomes obvious that she’s pregnant. At this time:
- She may feel better physically
- Her energy levels improve
- Morning sickness fades away
- She feels the baby’s movements
Supporting her during this period is quite easy. You may consider the following:
- Help her to get some flattering maternity outfits
- Get closer to her physically
- Run her a bath
- Give her massages
- Prioritize and listen to her
The third trimester (weeks 28- 40) can be the most uncomfortable for your partner. It may also get quite busy as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. Some of the changes during this time include:
- Discomfort as the baby enlarges
- She may develop stretch marks
- Swollen legs after standing
- Difficulty in eating normal-sized meals
- Interrupted sleeps
You can support her by:
- Encouraging her to get more sleep and rest
- Reassuring her about her physical uniqueness
- Help her make a birth plan
- Accompany her for the prenatal checkups
How Dads Feel During Pregnancy
Dads may develop anxiety about their forthcoming parenting role. They can also question their ability to provide for a bigger family. They also tend to feel impatient about the baby’s birth.
Please note that development differs from one child to another.
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Last reviewed March 2019