For the past few months, you've been communicating -- in your own way -- with your baby. It's definitely not your normal, run-of-the-mill brand of communication, but still. There's a living being inside your body, and on some level, you're continuously bonding with it. It's understandable, then, that your partner might be feeling a little out of the loop. All he or she can do is pat your belly (and cater to your every need), and there's not a lot of direct interaction with the growing baby.
That all begins to change around this point in the pregnancy. As we mentioned on the last page, the doctor can now hear the baby's heartbeat more easily, and pretty soon your partner will be able to hear it, too. For now, go ahead and try out a stethoscope, but in a matter of time, all your partner will need to do is put an ear to your belly.
And the listening goes both ways, now that your baby's hearing is almost fully developed. The little bundle of joy will finally be able to hear all those songs and googly noises you've been serenading him or her with. So tell your partner to let it all out -- read the sports page, tell stories, play the guitar, whatever he or she wants to do to bond with the baby.
So what else do you need to keep in mind as you enter the second half of your pregnancy? Find out on the next page.