Role of Daddy During Pregnancy
Many dads-to-be don’t truly understand what’s involved in pregnancy – they talk about it, sympathize, and even read about it, however their experience of having a baby is very removed from the real thing. No dad can possibly relate to carrying a baby to term, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing for them to do. The following suggestions are ways for Daddy to become more involved during pregnancy.
Tips For Daddy During Pregnancy
First and foremost – face your fears. Every father gets anxiety about their future child. Will they be healthy? Will labor go smoothly? Will I be a good dad? It would be unusual not to be afraid. The best solution is to talk to your partner, your father and your friends for advice and tips.
For your benefit, and your partner’s – pay attention. Being an active observer means: letting your partner know you love her pregnant body, taking pictures of her growing bump, giving back and foot massages, and feeling the baby kick. Tracking the baby’s development will be amazing and help you feel part of the process.
One of the most important things is just being there. Attend the prenatal appointments and don’t miss your chance to see your baby during an ultrasound. Helping with breathing and relaxation exercises will reduce the stress on your partner and really makes you feel like you’re in this together.
To make the transition a little easier on your lady, make the same changes she is forced to make for the health of the baby. Give up alcohol, caffeine and smoking and try to eat healthier as she follows the same plan. Treating yourselves to healthy pastimes like a walk, swim, or spa treatments for pregnant couples can improve your health and solidify your bond before the baby comes.
Understand that your wife may feel unattractive during the pregnancy. Do your best to squash these insecurities to make sure she has a positive outlook during gestation. With all the hormone changes and aches and pains, your relationship may be strained. Just try to keep her feeling well every single day – you will both be in better moods, and less strain will be placed on your relationship.
Let’s face it – your partner will probably be pretty demanding during this time. Your best bet is to just go with it and help her as much as you can. This may include doing some housework, grocery shopping, making late-night snacks, but remember – she’s making a baby inside her, then she has to deliver it! She’s doing the hardest work, by far.
Taking time to be prepared will save you lots of stressing in the long run. Map out and memorize the best route to the hospital, have her clothes and essentials packed and ready near the door or in the trunk, buy all baby clothes and have the nursery ready to accommodate your little one. When he or she arrives, you’ll have little time – or desire – to worry about buying diapers and formula.
Although you may feel confident you have everything in perfect order, be prepared to be unprepared. No amount of reading or classes can tell you how you will feel once the labor starts or when you first lock eyes with your little bundle of joy. Parenting is exciting, challenging, and terrifying at times, but it is also very rewarding. Enjoy it, savor it and put any worries aside – just enjoy the beautiful ride.