Pregnancy is as much a joyride for a woman as it is for her partner. Reams of informational content exist that underline how and how much a pregnancy affects a woman. What about their partner? Well, they are in from start to end – after all, pregnancy is a team effort, right? Therefore, it is the partner’s responsibility to be more than just a pillar of support during this tumultuously exciting period. In this blog, we present to you the must-do’s that supportive partners must practice so that their pregnancy becomes an enjoyable one – a rollercoaster ride, nonetheless.
- To begin with, your partner must recognize the difficulties that come with a pregnancy, and they must be ready to embrace it wholeheartedly just like the women do. Being a good partner during pregnancy entails having the intention to give it your 100 percent every day. The commitment builds trust and respect, and confidence – attributes that a pregnant woman abundantly expects from their partner during this transformative phase.
- Your partner’s availability and presence at key events during the pregnancy can serve as a confidence booster to you. Whether it is medical checkups, prenatal tests, or just about any big or small decision related to the pregnancy, having your partner at your side can help.
- Keep all lines of communication open between you and your partner. Regardless of whether this is your first pregnancy together or third, every time it is a new challenge, a different experience. By the time you enter your third trimester, you will need a person who you can trust to help you cope with the internal and external upheavals. Your partner must be your calming influence. To hear your partner say “I am there for you,” “We are in this together. You are not alone,” can do a world of good to you, and help you not succumb to the pressures being induced by your raging hormones.
- For emotional wellbeing to come around and sustain itself in you, your partner should be two things: a proactive participant and a very good listener. From attending to your strange food cravings to just being there to give ears to your random rants and ramblings, your partner must be willing to take part in the good days and not-so-good days, and they must handle it with grace and maturity. Expect the flip-flop of emotions to soar, especially in the third trimester when your heavily-pregnant body is readying itself for the big day of the big push.
Lastly, remember it is alright if you and your pregnant partner do not know all about how to navigate the next nine months together – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Luckily though, there is a truckload of content available on this subject – online and offline. There is absolutely nothing that the Internet cannot help you with. Or if you’re old-school you can turn to new parents for words of wisdom and how-to hacks.