A Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy – Second Trimester

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Most women will be bouncing back from the early exhaustion of the first trimester, and their bodies are beginning to show signs of the pregnancy now.

After the initial excitement and flurry of activity during the first trimester, the second trimester of a pregnancy seems to slip by without fanfare. They say that this is the best stage for a woman, as the worst of the hormonal rushes and stomach upsets are behind her, and the heavy work of carrying a near-full-term baby is still over the horizon. However, things are still happening, and it is important that the dad is “up with the play” as the pregnancy progresses.

A study done on the psychological state of pregnant women in the Journal of Clinical Psychology noted that, as the pregnancy developed, women were less anxious or stressed, and the concerns of “keeping the home” were less significant to them. The good news is that this means your partner will likely be more relaxed, but it also could mean that there is less getting done as she focuses on baby-oriented projects. Don’t bug her to keep up on the housework, but accept that her priorities are shifting at this stage. Discuss any really important jobs that may need attention, and be prepared to take up a little of the slack if required.

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Most women will be bouncing back from the early exhaustion of the first trimester, and their bodies are beginning to show signs of the pregnancy now. A lot of guys will appreciate some of the body changes they notice, but be aware that your partner may be feeling self-conscious about them. A study in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy showed that women generally became less interested in sexual activity as their pregnancy progresses, initiating sex less often, and being less responsive to their partners. The study said that some of this was, in part, due to negative feelings about their own bodies as they changed with the pregnancy.

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21 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    how imoprtant this article for mens to let them understand the wife

  2. kim says:

    i enjoy reading and trying new things is great and i enjoy helping her with anything she needs

  3. Jessica says:

    I love that my husband is constantly asking if there is anything that he can do to help me out!

  4. joyce says:

    I am truly blessed as my husband is very understanding through this pregnancy. some days I know are hard for him and sadly I really am not into being intimate anymore. It does have something to do with how I look but at the same time I’m always so tired.

  5. Heatherly says:

    If your body is going to get stretch marks, it will. Nothing over the counter that promises it prevents them is worth spending your money on. You can use olive oil or better yet, coconut oil to help make your skin for pliable as your belly gets bigger.

  6. Heatherly says:

    ummmm interesting….My husband is completely supportive.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Glad I have his support 🙂

  8. Pregnancy is the most vital moment and experience for a women. But it doesn’t complete without the support of her husband…So, we definitely need His support and encouragement.. 🙂

  9. it’s probably best just to keep your skin moisturized cause the more dry the more likely the stretch marks will appear + the itching stretches it out even more!

  10. Ping says:

    Where is the data; that there are some creams that help prevent or alleviate stretch marks? Elsewhere on the site it clearly states this is unfounded.

  11. meme says:

    great article

  12. marichinno says:

    This is some good advice that can helpful.

  13. McKenzie says:

    Very good advice thank you.

  14. SammysMOMMY says:

    Yeah, I want one too! My husband is working really hard right now as well before the baby. Wish we could get a couples massage!

  15. SammysMOMMY says:

    My prioritxies totally have shifted.

  16. Grace says:

    massage would be so nice, helpful for me….

  17. brandy says:

    this was very helpful to my husband

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