The second trimester is when you meet your baby for the first time via ultrasound. You get to see an image of your baby in the mother’s uterus and also get to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. There are exiting times ahead as the baby will grow and soon, in the second trimester itself you can even feel its movements from outside.
The second trimester is the best time of pregnancy for the mother. The nausea and irritability caused by the pregnancy hormones will have settled down by the fourth month and an excess of energy could kick in instead. This is time for you both to plan and make all preparations to welcome the baby home.
Organising closets, readying a space for the baby, and shopping for the baby’s needs are things that both of you can do together. Strenuous work of any kind should be avoided by the mother.
Making a list of names for the baby can also be done. You can both make separate lists of your favourite names and then compare both to pick up names that you both like.
The mother will make a birth plan during the second trimester containing details of how she wants the birth to be managed. You can help her with making the plan by researching all options available with her, visiting the hospital or birth centre to check on the amenities. Familiarize yourself with the birth plan thoroughly so that you can see that it is followed as she wants when she is in the labour and birthing room. You should also keep in mind that complications may arise at the time making it impossible to follow the birth plan exactly. Discuss between yourself and be ready to accept that the birth plan can be followed in ideal circumstances, but may need to be discarded in case of an emergency.
Join pre-natal classes together where you and your partner will be taught how to manage the pain during delivery. You will both be taught how to breathe and you can coach your partner during the actual delivery.
Financial planning for the baby’s arrival also can be done now. If the mother goes back to work, then researching for the childcare options should be started.
The second trimester gives you and your partner the space to put things together for the baby so that once the third semester begins you have things more or less ready and can afford to rest more.