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How Your Partner's Body Changes During Pregnancy


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As every man who has been an expectant father knows, the only thing constant during pregnancy is change. In fact, the level and rate of change that occurs in your partner, in your relationship and in your feelings as a soon-to-be-dad are a little overwhelming to many men.

Some of the most important and noticeable changes happen in your partner's body. From physical changes like a swelling belly and breasts to mood swings to temperature tolerance, nothing seems to remain the same. This holds true for changes from pre-pregnant to pregnant, but also as time progresses in the pregnancy.

So what should an expectant dad expect as far as the physical changes his mate will experience during pregnancy?

The First Trimester
If your partner is newly pregnant, you should not only be excited, but you should be watching for some body changes and new emotions that you have not yet experienced with her. Here are some things to expect in terms of emotional and body changes during the first three months of her pregnancy.

The Second Trimester
In the second trimester of pregnancy, body changes and emotional adjustments are a bit more dramatic than in the first trimester. Learn what to expect during this time of additional hormones, feelings and body changes.

The Third Trimester
During the third trimester, body changes become even more pronounced. Find out what to expect about your partner's body changes in the third trimester.

More Resources for Fathers on Handling Pregnancy

What Every Father Should Know About Labor
Are you like most first dads and kind of nervous about what to expect from the labor process with your partner? Get all the myths debunked and find out what you really need to know about labor.

Dealing with Miscarriage
Miscarriage can be a serious emotional and physical challenge for any expectant couple. Learn what happens when a woman miscarries, how you can best provide support and how to deal with your own feelings of grief and loss.

Creating a Birth Plan
Every couple preparing for a baby should create a birth plan that sets out their desires and choices related to labor and delivery. Learn about birth plans, what should be in them, what you should think about and how to use them in your labor and delivery processes.

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