Pregnancy tip Tuesday! This Tuesday we are focusing on the Dads! Yes you dads! Moms to be just need a couple of things to feel the affection and attention from you. Continue reading to know how to keep your relationship flourishing while pregnant.
Research shows new moms have a better overall pregnancy experience when dads are actively involved. In your role as your partner's number one pregnancy partner, you’ll enjoy the experience more and give her some much-appreciated relief by sending the message that you’ll be a reliable partner in childcare as well — not just a partner-in-reproduction.
1. Listen & talk: make sure your partner knows she can vent to you about all those little (and big!) changes going on now: nerves about an upcoming procedure, anxiety about what kind of mom she’ll be, annoyance at her puffy feet.
2. Pitch: pitch in more than you usually do with household chores, especially since her bump is not her best friend when she’s trying to sweep the floors or make the bed. And think about other ways to lighten her load (and blow her mind with your superhero-like foresight).
3. Get packing: Sure, mom needs her hospital bag — but you need one, too. Fill it with gear like a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, iPod or iPad, camera, extra batteries, magazines or books to read and cards to play with Mom during labor (if she’s game, of course)
4. Make a contact list: Dad is often in charge of texting, tweeting and otherwise bragging about the big news when baby makes his debut, so get organized now. Talk to your partner and make a must-contact list with your family and friends’ email addresses and cell phone numbers
5. Stay informed: So get the lowdown: Go with her to her doctor visits when you can and attend childbirth classes together. Learn about her body and her baby’s development by signing up for the birthing newsletters.