CONGRATULATIONS! You and your partner are expecting a new little person in your lives. Now you can just sit back, relax, and wait for delivery day, right?
Pregnancy differs from woman to woman, but chances are your partner will face some tough times during those nine months right along with the expecting mom. Here are some ways you can help make pregnancy a tad easier and even more enjoyable for both of you.
1. Assist In The Daily To-Dos!
Growing a baby inside you takes a lot of nutrients and can literally suck the energy out of your partner. She is going to need to slow down and relax more often and this means you will need to pick up some of the slack. If she normally does laundry, you can help her by carrying the basket to and from the laundry room. If she normally walks the dog, you will want to volunteer to take Fido on his walk. You may already do this and if you do (great!) that means you’re ahead of the game. Keep in mind that she isn’t being lazy; it’s her body slowing down to make things healthier for your baby.
2. Help Her Fight Temptations
Consuming alcohol and smoking during pregnancy can most certainly have a negative impact on your baby. If your partner smoked or consumed alcohol prior to becoming pregnant, it may be difficult for her to kick the habit during pregnancy. Help her fight those temptations by refraining from these habits, especially around her. Don’t forget, you too can directly harm your unborn child by smoking around your pregnant partner. According to the medical journal Pediatrics, exposure to secondhand smoke increased a pregnant woman’s chances of having a stillborn by 23 percent.
The same concept goes for unhealthy foods. Remember, what your partner eats, your baby eats. Make sure she is getting the right amount of calories per day and avoiding certain seafood and cheeses that could be harmful to your baby. Consult an Orlando OB GYN professional at Contemporary Women’s Care for a more in-depth guide into the right amount of calorie intake and foods to avoid.
3. Don’t Miss Out On The Little Things
Pregnancy is full of firsts: your first check-up, your first sonogram, etc. Antenatal appointments are important to monitor how your baby is developing and being there will help you understand what is going on inside your partner’s body. She will appreciate you taking the time out to share those fundamental moments with her during pregnancy. Seeing images of your tiny baby growing is magical for mothers and will be amazing for you, too.
Your partner will probably be reading all sorts of prenatal books and watching movies to learn as much as she can about her new bundle of joy. Try reading some of those books and watching some of those movies so that the two of you can discuss what to expect as a team. This will also help you get prepared for delivery day (D-day!) and post-pregnancy life.
4. She Is Going To Get Bigger, Get Over It!
The further your baby develops, the further you partner will as well. She will undoubtedly gain weight and her tummy will expand to proportions you’ve probably never seen before. Try to remember that this is a good sign; it means your baby is also getting bigger and healthier. She knows how big she’s getting, so no need to remind her! If you must point out the obvious, make sure your delivery is positive and encouraging, not negative or demeaning. Yes, she is pregnant, but she is also a woman who no doubt enjoys feeling attractive. During pregnancy, continue to treat her as the gem you saw when you first met her!
5. Preparing The Nest
You want to make sure your home has all the essentials by the time your baby makes his or her big debut. Join your partner in picking out furniture for the baby’s room, assist in selecting the perfect color for the walls, and don’t forget to get a good car seat for delivery day. The hospital will not let you take your baby home without a car seat. Most likely, you will be driving your partner to the hospital on delivery day, so make sure the car seat is properly secured in your back seat and keep a spare hospital bag in your trunk just in case she forgets hers. As a precaution, take a practice drive or hospital tour well before the due date so you can be confident about your route the day the baby comes.
Most of all, be supportive and considerate of your partner’s needs. Lend out a helping hand as often as possible. Pregnancy can be hard work, but once your child arrives your baby will be thankful of all the ways you helped out…and so will your partner. You can contact a female OBGYN in Orlando professional at Contemporary Women’s Care to find out more ways you can support your partner during pregnancy.