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Guide to Being Four Weeks Pregnant


What Your Partner Should Know
Your partner might be worried about finances or how he'll be as a father. Encourage him to express his feelings.
Your partner might be worried about finances or how he'll be as a father. Encourage him to express his feelings.
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Whether you left a Father's Day card on his pillow or just blurted it out over breakfast, it was important that your husband or partner be the first to know. Now he needs to be aware of a few other things.

Although accurate data doesn't exist, some researchers estimate that 11 to 65 percent of expectant fathers experience Couvade syndrome, a father's sharing of his partner's pregnancy symptoms, including weight gain, nausea and fluctuating emotions. If your guy isn't one of these, he still needs to be aware of the changes you're going through.

Your partner needs to understand that your irritability doesn't mean you hate him. Explain to him that your mood swings are due to raging hormones and not a sign that you're going crazy! Tell your partner that you really would like to stay up to watch the football game, but you're just too tired. You need as much as 10 or 11 hours of sleep each night to feel refreshed.

You might be less interested in sex, or maybe more so. Either way, your announcement could put a damper on the excitement in the bedroom. Your partner might be concerned that sex could harm the baby. It won't and you should reassure him that it's OK.

He might also worry about your health, upcoming expenses or how he will act as a father. Encourage him to discuss his feelings openly and honestly. Your partner should know that you need his support, understanding and encouragement. He especially needs to know you love him.


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