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Second trimester: Your emotions

After you start feeling your baby move, you may find yourself daydreaming about your baby. You may also spend time thinking about being a parent and about how you were parented.

Because you are spending more time thinking about your baby and becoming a parent, your husband or partner may feel left out. This can lead to anxiety for you and confusion for your partner. However, when your partner can feel your baby's movements, your partner will start daydreaming, too.

Pregnancy hormones can make your dreams more intense, even more colorful, than usual. You may also have mood swings that are wider than normal. If your mood swings are severe or become a problem, call your health care provider.

Ask your partner for the support you need.

  • Suggest the two of you go to your prenatal appointments. If your partner is unable to go, write down his or her questions so they can be answered.
  • Make time for the two of you to spend quiet time talking about your hopes for your baby. Share five reasons your partner will be a good parent.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 08/22/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts