How To Be A Supportive Partner
Knowing that you’re going to be a father soon is one of the best news a man can receive. Being a father is a huge responsibility, and the excitement can be overwhelming knowing that another human being will one day look to you for guidance, attention, and love.
But, before any future father gets to that point, he needs to focus on the now — and that is taking care of his partner who is about to give birth. Pregnancy is exciting in every relationship but can be a burden to the woman as she will be physically carrying the child within her body.
Here’s how we can show our support to expecting mothers:
1. Meet Her Physical Demands
Pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body to the point where they can no longer accomplish simple chores like tying her shoelaces or picking up items on the floor on her own. Some women will even experience body pain throughout their pregnancy, preventing them from being productive at home or at work.
One of the easiest ways for men to support expecting mothers is to help them with their physical demands. This can mean giving them back and foot massages whenever they need one or carrying out their chores for them.
2. Support Her Emotionally
Pregnancy can cause hormones in a woman’s body to go haywire. This is the reason why women are known to become overly emotional during pregnancy, crying and getting upset over the smallest inconveniences.
Instead of feeling anger over how your partner reacts to certain situations, you should show understanding and patience. Hormonal imbalances are natural during pregnancy, so we should expect that our partners may get emotional over the next nine months.
Most importantly, you should actively listen whenever their emotions are about to burst. Making our partners feel loved regardless of how unpredictable their emotions are will help ease a lot of the burdens that come with pregnancy.
3. Get Informed
Expecting your first child is exciting but nerve-wracking at the same time. If this is the first, you most likely won’t know how pregnancy will affect your partner physically and mentally.
One of the easiest yet most effective ways for men to support expecting mothers is to research more on pregnancy. You can do this by reading books and other references or asking for information from any friends or family who have experienced pregnancy.
Being informed about it will help you become a great birth partner and father. It’ll also be easier for you to understand your partner, her moods, and her needs once you truly comprehend how pregnancy works.
Every Effort Counts
Pregnancy is challenging for every woman, which is why we should support our partners in every way we can. Aside from using this article as a guide, you should also actively reach out to healthcare professionals, friends, and family for more guidance, and by going the extra mile by doing additional research to fully be able to love and support your pregnant partner.