By: Dr. Kennedy and Chris Kennedy
Becoming a new parent can be an exciting time, but it can also cause a lot of worry. When you find out your partner is pregnant, sometimes it requires big lifestyle changes. While you may not be the one having the baby, there are plenty of ways that you can be supportive to your significant other during delivery and while raising a healthy baby.
- Eat healthy meals and exercise – Eating healthy meals and getting plenty of exercise with your partner is important to the development of a healthy baby.
- Let her get plenty of rest – In the first trimester of pregnancy, it is important for women to get more rest than usual. There are a lot of changes happening in your partner’s body, so it is important to be supportive and allow time for her to sleep.
- Stay away from harmful substances – Smoking and secondhand smoke can harm the baby’s development. It is also important for your partner to stay away from using drugs and alcohol as well.
- You can have sex during the pregnancy – As long as your partner’s doctor hasn’t told you otherwise.
- Be there for your partner, to listen and to offer support – Mood swings, nausea and vomiting are often common in the first trimester of pregnancy as well.
- Many couples choose to take childbirth classes – So they know what to expect during labor. It can be a great way to find out how you can support your partner during that time as well.
- Take a tour of the hospital – For first time parents, sometimes a tour of the facility can ease worry and reassure parents of the delivery process.
- Postpartum depression is something that can happen after pregnancies – Often times, partners are the ones that notice a change. Feelings of sadness that last more than 1 to 2 weeks is one way to tell if it is postpartum depression. Be there to listen and to assist in getting professional help if needed.
- Support breastfeeding (if your partner is doing that) – As a partner, you aren’t doing the breastfeeding, but you can burp and change the baby after, bring the baby for feedings, or put the baby to sleep.
- Prep for the baby – It is important to get a bag ready for delivery, the car seat installed, and baby’s room ready.
At Women’s Health Specialists, our goal is to help women feel confident and assured in their healthcare decisions. If you have any questions or concerns during pregnancy, please call us at (920) 749-4000.
For our a look at our prenatal booklet; click here.