Welcoming a new child is a joyous experience, but it can be overwhelming especially for first-time parents. Though it’s the mom who carries the little one inside for her nine months, the role of a father is no less. It’s not uncommon for expectant-dads to be confused and clueless about what to do or how they can help their wives during pregnancy. It’s okay. But these are only emotions. The real journey of your fatherhood begins now; walking down this road with your partner. Yes, you may falter at times, but that’s absolutely fine. This emotional roller-coaster will be more joyous for you, than you can imagine.
If you need help with certain pointers on how you can be a caring, loving, and responsible partner for your better half through these months, read on.
As a father-to-be, it is important to understand what’s happening to your partner’s body, as well as to the baby. Reading books, magazine, blogs etc. about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting skills is a great way to stay prepared for what’s to come. It also helps you cope up with anxiety that usually accompanies the arrival of the first child. Speak to other dads
From birthing preferences to baby names, hosting a baby shower, and attending classes, there’s a lot that you can discuss with your partner. Planning together on these, and many other aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, helps the two of you gain confidence and comfort in each other through the nine months. Most jobs offer paternity benefits. So, remember to check for options for vacation or work from home, which lets you be available for your wife and baby when it’s really needed.
The growing belly can slow your wife down and cause exhaustion quickly. Especially if she’s a working mom-to-be, pregnancy can drain her strength immensely. As a loving partner, pick up more chores at home – be it making the bed, doing dishes, or simply lending a helping hand in the kitchen. These gestures will go a long way in easing out her troubles.
Accompany her on pre-natal Checkups
Routine visits and scans can be made a lot more comfortable and helpful when you accompany your wife on them. A quick word with the gynecologist lets you understand your partner’s and your baby’s needs better, and can help you care for them in more responsible manner. And, not to forget those scans that offer little glimpses of your baby and her development can be an overwhelmingly precious moment for the both of you.
During pregnancy, your wife maybe troubled by mood swings or need a lot of attention. To ease things out, support her in whatever little way you can. Accompany her on shopping for baby clothes, or surprise her with a nice dinner. Give her a soothing foot rub or help her pack the baby bag. Even the tiny gestures of love will elevate her spirits a great deal.
Discuss Your Anxiety
It’s normal for you to worry about a lot of things when expecting the child. However, bottling them up inside isn’t good for you or your partner. Instead, discuss your anxiety with your wife and find ways to support each other. Reach out to friends and family who have been through this experience themselves. Remember, opening up and sharing is a sign of strength, not weakness. Plan a babymoon maybe a nice way to bond with your wife and..
Pregnancy and childbirth are huge milestones for any couple. Get involved and offer help, no matter how small or big it may be. Care for your partner, be there for her, and most importantly, enjoy your new role as a father.