You will probably start to gain back a lot of your old energy this week, though you may still be working through complicated emotions concerning the new baby.
The 16th week represents a true turning point: Even after a long day of work, you'll find yourself excited to go shopping for the baby's nursery or meet your girlfriends for dinner. This is when most women feel their energy return; their nausea has subsided and they are feeling fewer waves of fatigue. You'll certainly feel calmer and more in control of your emotions, now that those nasty hormone surges have leveled out. Even if you are struck down by the need to cry or yell, you'll cope with it more successfully now because you're feeling better physically.
Despite this welcome return to a more normal life, don't be surprised if you occasionally feel a twinge of loss too. If this is your first child, you may secretly still feel that you're not ready to be a mother, and you may look mournfully at that strapless black cocktail dress because you don't know when you'll wear it again (or if it will ever fit in quite the same way). If you already have children, you may find yourself trying to fit in everything you know you won't be able to do later.
Continue talking to your partner about all of the decisions you'll have to make, such as whether to feed your baby by breast or bottle, who will clean the house for the first six months after the baby comes, how long you can afford to take off from work, and who will take care of your baby while you're working or otherwise out of the house. With those important choices made, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the remaining months of your pregnancy.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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