Psychological Changes in the Second Trimester
After the emotional stress and anxiety of the first trimester, you can expect a lighter mood in the second trimester, but there are still issues that can come up for expectant mothers.
During the second trimester (months four through six), a sense of general well-being develops. The fear of miscarriage has usually disappeared, and the physical discomforts of the first trimester have diminished.
The most overwhelming event during the second trimester occurs at the time of fetal movement. In first-time mothers, this generally occurs at about 20 weeks. It can occur a little bit earlier if this is a second or subsequent child.
Psychologically, you may begin to feel increased dependence on your partner. You have more needs than usual, and you may worry about whether your partner will be available, interested, and able to support you during this time of change.
During the second trimester, both vaginal lubrication and blood flow to the pelvic region increase. These changes, plus the diminishing of the nausea and breast sensitivity of the first trimester, may increase your desire to have sex with your partner. You may wonder if he still considers you attractive. Some women and men, particularly in this weight-conscious society, associate weight gain with unattractiveness. Talking to each other about this should help alleviate many of your fears and misconceptions, so you and your partner can enjoy a healthy sex life during your second trimester.
As the expectant mother's body continues to change rapidly, so do her emotions. Go to the next page to find out what changes occur during the third trimester.
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