Mothers-to-be have a unique journey in pregnancy, from growing a human being inside them to preparing for a lifetime of changes. Here are 10 tips for expectant fathers to stay in the good books of mommy-to-be and support her in the journey.
1. Accompany her to doctor visits:
Prenatal checkups can be overwhelming for expectant mothers. Keep her company and make her feel special. Prepare yourself for the delivery process.
2. Be there to listen:
A woman’s body and emotions will change throughout her journey to motherhood. It is important to listen to what makes her comfortable. Have a conversation about new expectations and lifestyle changes.
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3. Pamper her:
Spend quality time together. Spoil her a bit. Also, buy her a pregnancy body pillow.
4. Help with the chores:
Help around the house with chores such as mopping, cooking, and cleaning.
5. Discuss childcare options:
Discuss who’s going to look after the baby once he or she arrives. Will family members help? Are you hiring a babysitter/nanny or looking into local daycares?
6. Discuss traditions:
Are there any traditions followed by either partner? Who will plan and carry out the festivities?
7. Commit your involvement:
Commit to being fully involved when the baby arrives and communicate that to the mommy-to-be.
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8. Discuss mommy “me” time:
While parenting is a combined effort, mothers need time for themselves to recoup. Set aside time and help care for the children to allow the mother to relax without the child(ren).
Discuss what expectations the grandparents will have toward the baby and what your expectations are toward them. Time to have a family dinner.
10. Shower her with love:
The ultimate gift the expectant mother wants is love and kindness. Start now, before the baby makes their grand entrance to the world.
A father’s role is instrumental in the mental, emotional and physical development of a child. Share these tips with expectant fathers so that they start strong in the game!