Congratulations to all the expecting daddies out there! Expecting a baby can be such an exciting time in a couples life but sometimes dad can be left out! Here are some pregnancy tips for dads to help through those 9 very exciting months!
Pre-natal visits are a way for dads to really connect throughout the pregnancy. If you can make these appointments not only will you be supporting your partner but you will also be rewarded with the continued updates of how the pregnancy is progressing and have an opportunity to ask your practitioner questions you may have from a dads perspective.
Get involved during the labour
Taking a pre-natal class like the one offered by The Birth Experience, which really focuses on the dads and how dad can be involved in supporting his partner during the labor and delivery process can offer great insight and also positively impact dads experience during labor and childbirth. This unique class offers a very fun way of teaching dads how you can support your partner by offering natural pain relief and what you can expect during the labor and delivery from a dads perspective.
Learn how to care for a baby
Taking a Babeez Ed Class before baby’s arrival will educate dad on how to care for his new baby. Offering tips on bathing, feeding, burping and establishing good sleep habits are just a few of the important topics discussed.
Take care of your nest
Help with the nesting process. Appreciate that mom will have a very strong need to prepare for baby’s arrival. Be patient and help her through this process. Ensuring that baby’s nursery is setup, helping to wash and organize clothes and paraphernalia and ensuring that baby’s car sat is secured correctly are great ways that dad can help.
Share the chores
Discuss with your partner what are some chores that she currently does that perhaps you can take over when baby arrives. Helping relieve some of moms anxiety about how she will manage all her current tasks along with a new baby may be very reassuring which will help keep her calm and in good spirits during her pregnancy. If there are things that perhaps you cannot do, this may be a great time to discuss outside help from a family member or even professional help such as a doula or night nanny.
Take care of yourself!
Keep Healthy! Ensure that both you and your partner are eating healthy food choices not only now but once baby arrives. Proper nutrition is so important for both parents before and during life with a baby. Remember to help mom stay active which will also help with the birthing process and get as much sleep as you can since sleep may be illusive once baby arrives.
This is your baby
Remember that this is your baby. Learn as much as you can about birth and baby through reading, friends and classes. You can even learn about breastfeeding so you can support your partner through this very emotional time. Be understanding, be appreciative and be involved as much as you can!