When baby’s movements usually start to appear around mid-pregnancy, anxiety about the baby’s condition is often relieved. The expectant mother can already be more confident that the baby is really coming.
At this point in pregnancy, a woman is like between two worlds: she is not yet the mother of a future child, but there is no identity anymore. Many times a nest building frenzy begins: the home is readied to welcome a new family member. This is also often a step in parents’ cohesion. Sometimes fears prevent you from rejoicing at this stage. The fear can be so intense that it makes it difficult to sleep and concentrate on normal life. At worst, the fear of childbirth can take a mother’s power to make it difficult to conceive of a baby. Sometimes the baby may have negative thoughts associated with fear.
In mid-pregnancy, the baby grows vigorously and the organ systems mature. The womb grows and the mother begins to gain weight. For many, the stomach that is rounded is a source of joy and enthusiasm. However, a changing body can also feel foreign and the changes unmanageable. Some want to bring out their stomachs and others cover it longer.
Physically, the middle third of pregnancy is usually a relatively easy time. Early pregnancy nausea and fatigue alleviate, and the uterus is not very large yet. Rapid growth of the uterus sometimes causes severe pain in the sides of the pelvis due to stretching of the uterine braces. Of course, the back and hips become heavier as the baby grows and the mother grows.
Exercise does not adversely affect fetal growth or development. During normal pregnancy, it is and is advisable to exercise according to general physical activity recommendations. Exercise can prevent and relieve back problems and keep weight gain under control. Exercise improves fitness and mood and improves sleep quality. A well-fit woman also recovers more quickly from childbirth.
In mid-pregnancy, the mind is often open and there is a strong desire to reflect on one’s identity and history. The reflection on my own identity may seem significant: How did I become like this? What kind of mother will I become? What kind of family do we become? What are my own ideas and wishes about the family? At the same time, the relationship with one’s parents may change and expectations and the relationship with one’s partner may also change. The task of this stage of pregnancy is to shape the identity as a mother, which often involves reflecting on one’s own relationship. There is an opportunity to think about what kind of role you want to play as a mother and partner.
You can think about the answers to these questions
How does becoming a partner become a mother / father?
What are you currently wondering about?
Now, when you think about the baby within you, what is your perception of him / her?
What changes have you noticed in your body?
How Do You Know Your Baby’s Movements?
What does the baby feel like?
Have you noticed what makes your baby wake up and move?
How did mid-life feel to your mother / father?