The news of your wife’s pregnancy has lit up a bright smile on your face. However, the thought of dealing with the pregnancy might pop in some anxiety and apprehensions in your mind, especially if your wife is expecting for the first time. The very joy of a wife’s pregnancy is usually accompanied with apprehensions and anxiety over the new responsibility. Add to this, wife’s frail health, unsettled emotions, vulnerability, nausea and vomiting, which throws her patience off the kilter. At such a time, it is her husband’s support a woman looks forward. Remember, nothing can be more soothing and encouraging for your pregnant wife than your support and presence. Though you can’t do much to ease out her physical anxiety, your willingness to be by her side at times of discomfort will be a cure enough for all her pain. Knowing what to do and what not to do when your wife is expecting can ensure both you and your wife, a happy pregnancy. Read on to explore some do's and don'ts in pregnancy for future dads.
Pregnancy Do's & Don'ts For Dads To Be
- Put that grin back on her face! Pregnancy can bring a lot of discomfort and physical anxiety to your wife. From nausea and vomiting to backache, swollen feet and ankles, insomnia and heartburn, your wife is likely to complain of physical stress more often. The best you can do at such a time is to stay by her side and keep her cheered up. Lend her your concerned ears and make her smile.
- Make sure that your wife doesn’t engage in any strenuous household activity, during her pregnancy. Any kind of stress can trigger future complications. Give her a helping hand as much as you can. Try to help her with household chores. Not only will it relieve all of much stress, but she will also be thankful to you for your loving gesture.
- During pregnancy, it is likely for your wife to feel ‘not-so-gorgeous’. Stretch marks, under eye circles and skin related woes can make her feel down and low. Flatter her with your loving compliments. After all, nothing can make her more pretty than the very feeling of mothering your child. So, let the compliments flow and see her glow!
- After the first trimester is over, most women feel more energetic and buoyant. Take out time from your busy schedule and accompany her to shopping for your new arrival. Also, escort her to the doctor each time she goes for visit. After all, it’s one time when she needs your company the most.
- Try and interact with your baby. It might not make sense to hear this, but it does help in bonding with your baby prematurely. Caress your wife stomach to feel its soft kicks. Talk to your baby. Such warm gestures are sure to pep up your wife’s excitement and make her feel all so good about her pregnancy.
- During pregnancy, your wife is insecure and overtly conscious about her looks. Never criticize her on her bulging tummy or tired looks, as it might make her feel worse. However, do encourage her to go for regular walks, to keep fit.
- Do not allow your wife to indulge in any activity that might stress her, even if it is the simple act of cleaning or even watering your garden. Persuade her to sit and relax, while you take over the pots and pans.
- During pregnancy, especially during the final trimester, try to spend as much time with your wife as possible. Avoid staying out late. Not only will it make her feel loved and wanted, it will be easier for you to attend to emergencies as well, if any.
- When expecting, your wife is likely to be more sensitive and quick-tempered and show frequent mood swings. Don’t fret over it. Instead, be patient with her. It is just a temporary phase. Fighting over issues will just stress her as well as your baby.
- Pregnancy might be bliss, but living through it isn’t a cakewalk. It’s the time when a woman’s hormones are likely to take a dip and make her feel weak and tired. She may refrain from physical closeness during this time. Don’t fuss over it! She will get over it soon. Be patient and understanding. She will love you for it!