Guide to Being 21 Weeks Pregnant

What Your Partner Should Know

Your partner is probably starting to feel a little bit more connected to the pregnancy now that you're really showing and he or she can hear the baby's heartbeat and feel kicks; if those things haven't happened yet, they will soon. It also helps to know that the baby can hear you now, too.

If this is your first baby and your partner hasn't witnessed a birth before -- or, for that matter, if you haven't -- you two should probably see a birth film. You'll most likely view one in your childbirth class, if you're taking one, but if you don't, find another way to watch a birth video. Any other inexperienced friend or relative who's planning to be with you in the delivery room should join in, too. To put it mildly, it's really eye-opening to see a birth from start to finish. Honestly, it could make prospective birth coaches a little woozy if they haven't participated in a birth before, but it's an amazing way to start getting mentally prepared. And it will definitely lead to many interesting conversations. After the shock and initial apprehension wears off, the excitement will remain, and you and your partner can really begin to get ready for the big day.

What else should you be thinking about this week? Find out on the next page.