Pregnancy is a trying time for an expecting mother. She undergoes great physical changes, and her emotions fluctuate. Husbands have been accused of not doing enough to help ease some of the burden off their pregnant wives and as a result, tensions are abound. This article can explain some of the ways in which husbands can help make their wives’ pregnancies easier.
Fathers-to-be often take the back seat when it comes to pregnancy. This reality could be linked to the fact that many of them are unsure on what needs to be done and how. As the pregnancy begins, the men are still getting used to the reality of it all. No matter how many times they might have been told about what to expect and what to do, seeing your new wife’s tummy expand and all the sudden changes in her emotions would be rather intimidating for a new father.
Firstly, it is always best to respond to the news of your wife’s pregnancy in a positive manner. Try to understand that this is also her first time going though the emotions as she is about to embark on motherhood. Reaffirm her by reminding her how pleased and excited you are at the thought of her carrying your child and how you will be taking up an active role as the father.
Read. The more you know the more useful you will be. Your wife is carrying the baby in her body and is subjected to a tremendous amount of stress. As her husband, take the initiative to step up and learn more about the pregnancy process. Explore topics like massages, supplements, sleeping positions and pregnancy bedding, which would keep both her and your emotions levelled.
Understand that her hormones will sometimes get the better of her and she might just be reacting to an imbalance. Allow her to vent and encourage her to be vocal about her fears. Pregnancy will also bring about new eating habits so be observant and learn to foresee and attend to them even before she asks. This is the time where the husband would need to shower his wife with both patience and love.
Some women would deal better with the physical changes. Others however, don’t. Take the initiative to tell her that she is beautiful and you love her on a daily basis. This simple act would alleviate unnecessary rogue emotions and keep her spirits up.
It is also advised to make small additions to your home such as night lights to guide her to the bathroom which she will use more often. Prioritize her safety by ensuring that the bathrooms are well lit fitted with anti-slip mats.
Finally, try your best to be available for doctor meetings and checkups. This is to ensure that she can rely on you as a backup to remind her about what was said during those appointments.