Top 5 tips for fathers during pregnancy
I think it’s probably fair to say that it’s the women who put in the really hard work during pregnancy, so I’ve come up with 5 tips for expecting dads to make those long 9 months a little easier.
1. Get involved!
Don’t let your partner go to scans and prenatal classes alone, if you can help it. It’s an amazing thing to share, and you’ll get to see your lovely little baby in the womb!
You’ll be able find out how you can best help your partner during the birth (which she could end up being very grateful for!). You’ll also have more of an idea about what to do once the baby has arrived. It can’t be a bad thing!
2. Give in to her cravings, but not yours!
You might well have been used to sharing food throughout your relationship, but with a baby on the way, that’s a thing of the past. What’s hers is hers and what’s yours is hers too!
Do your best to meet her cravings but beware! Lots of dads put on weight during pregnancy because they inevitably participate in her cravings. So be on the alert when you have to make a new hole in your belt and try not to ‘empathise’ quite so much with the mother-to-be!
3. Be kind (this should always be applied, not just during pregnancy!)
Pregnant ladies know they’re getting bigger and understandably they can be sensitive about it. So don’t keep pointing it out! It’s not easy work carrying a baby around in your tummy so it’s best to be encouraging and complimentary.
Actions speak louder than words too so help and treat her regularly; it can really take her mind off the aches and pains that she will inevitably be feeling! Cleaning the bathroom is always a great place to start. Oh and chocolate usually goes down well too (see #2).
4. Prepare to be replaced…
…by pillows! As she gets bigger so will her nightly pillow pile. It’s nothing personal but the night time cuddles probably won’t cut it anymore. Sorry chaps!
5. Get photographed!
Those magical 9 months will fly by, so why not let me shoot you both with that gorgeous bump? With a beautiful set of bump photographs, I promise you can look back fondly and forget all about those more trying moments of pregnancy! Give me a call today on 01279 433392 and together we’ll make memories.
About Sue: I’m really lucky, I’m a photographer who works with children and babies – I capture that fleeting phase for parents so they have those memories forever.