Without question, dealing with pregnancy and delivery can be overwhelming. Not every pregnancy is smooth and free from morning sickness, back pains, hormonal imbalance and strenuous delivery. In fact, a second pregnancy can even surprise you with different symptoms that weren’t there in the first one.
During this period, a supportive partner is very crucial and this goes both ways. There are things that the mother to be can do to be supportive and things that the father to be can also do. With this combined effort, pregnancy becomes much easier.
Here are some great tips which can guide you on being a supportive partner during this time.
i. Prioritize her
One way of being a supportive husband is prioritizing her even more. This period might require you to sacrifice your freedom a bit more. It’s crucial to be there for your wife when she needs you especially when the due date is around the corner. It can be quite disappointing when a man is out with the boys while she is in pain. Focus on her and be constantly present during the pregnancy.
ii. Help her without being asked to
While she is pregnant, doing some tasks she’s used to can be difficult. You might be used to seeing her active around the house cooking, doing the laundry and handling other tasks. Now, she’s probably very sore and tired. A way of showing love and care is offering to handle some of those tasks without being forced or asked to. This will definitely show her that you are devoted to her and that you care about her.
iii. Pamper her
This is one of the essential ways to show love and support while she is pregnant. Pregnancies come with a lot of symptoms such as swollen feet, back aches, fatigue, nausea and the list goes on. In order to help her recover, you should massage her, make her a romantic dinner, book her a nail appointment at the salon or even run her a warm bath. Also, don’t forget to reassure her that she is beautiful at all times. She might be feeling unattractive during this time so your words are very important to her.
iv. Be patient with her
Pregnancies involve all sorts of hormones. At one point, she might be smiling with you and the next, overly emotional. She might even want a certain meal and reject it later on. This can often be confusing when you are not aware of what causes these shifts. If she gets overly sensitive and upset about something small, try not to take things too personally and avoid a reactive response. You might end up saying things you don’t mean which you’ll later regret. Listen to her and don’t invalidate her feelings.
You have to understand that she is not exactly the same as how she used to be so accepting these changes is part of being a supportive partner.
v. Encourage him
While you are pregnant, you are bound to be very emotional and irritable. At times, it might seem like your partner just can’t seem to do anything right. You might even find yourself yelling at him and throwing tantrums when something has inconvenienced you. It’s important to understand that your approval is important when he does something right. Be a supportive partner by paying attention when he does something right. This will definitely help him feel loved and encouraged.
vi. Be affectionate
Men also crave love and affection. While most of the attention is on you and the baby, he might end up feeling left out and ignored. Maybe he’ll not tell you that he wants more attention or even more kisses from you. Ensure that he doesn’t feel lonely within the relationship by showing him some love too and appreciation.