10 December 2003

Dad-to-be: 32 weeks

Rub her back and avoid fat jokes.

What’s going on:
The chances of the baby surviving should it be born now are pretty good. Its lungs are developing well, but the longer it stays inside the better.

How she’s feeling:
By now backache is likely to be a major topic. She’s feeling the baby move and worrying that it’s in trouble each time it stops.

How you’re feeling:
Horny. Frustrated. Tired.

What to do:
Fight the selfish urges to go off and eat pizza and swig beer while your partner stays home nursing her bump. Persevere with your proactive philosophy. You’re over the hump, as they say. Maintain your regimen of back rubs, big glasses of water and telling her she’s the best-looking whale in town.



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