December 03, 2019
Congratulations! Your partner has just informed you that you are going to be a dad. Welcome to pregnancy and all of the ups and downs that come with it!
For some dads, this time can be overwhelming, confusing, and sometimes just plain frustrating. We want to help you out by sharing some tips for new dads during pregnancy. Consider these tips the “warm-up” to the big game and these tips can help you score a win.
Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters. The first trimester will run about 12 weeks and is the time when you will typically find out about the pregnancy. During this first 12 weeks, there are some changes you will notice in your partner and some new things you will be expected to be a part of. Here are some of those options.
Contrary to popular belief, morning sickness is not just sickness in the morning. Your partner may be sick or nauseous for most or all of the day depending on her body. Sadly, there isn’t much you can do to help her. There are a few things you can try though. Here’s our shortlist:
Not all dads go to every doctor’s appointment but your partner may want you at this one. It can be an overwhelming experience but it is actually not as invasive as you may believe. For many pregnancies, the first appointment is more of a formality than anything else. Here are a few things to remember on appointment numero uno:
The first ultrasound typically happens in the first trimester of pregnancy. This will not be the ultrasound where you learn the gender of the baby or see the baby waving at you. Instead, this will be the appointment where they are confirming the pregnancy and checking to see how far into the pregnancy your partner is. Here are a few things you can expect from that first ultrasound.
For many moms, the second trimester is when they get a burst of energy and start to feel a bit better. This is also when the morning sickness tends to leave and the cravings start to arrive. Many people will say that the second trimester is the easiest. There are still a few things you can expect during the second trimester.
Pregnancy may send your partner on an emotional roller coaster...and you have a VIP pass ride the roller coaster first! She could be angry, crying, and laughing all within a 10-minute time span. This is not because pregnancy has made her go crazy. Instead, she has hormones that are adjusting to this process and trying to level out. You may even see her laugh and cry at the same time. Here are some tips you can use to support her during this time:
The second trimester is typically the time when you can find out the gender of the baby if you choose to. It’s important to have this conversation before you ever head to that appointment. Some moms want to know while others would prefer to wait until the birth of the baby to find out. If you choose to find out, you will probably find this out between 18-24 weeks into the pregnancy.
At this point in the pregnancy, many moms will start to worry about buying things they need and start to think about the nursery. This could mean trips to stores for baby registries and planning a nursery. Your role in this will most likely be more in the implementation of room design or in walking through many stores to look at baby things you won’t understand. Know that this is a natural part of her pregnancy process.
Welcome to the end of the road. Things are going to speed up at this point. This will be the slowest and quickest part of the entire process for you. It will be slow as you will be waiting for a baby and realize due dates are just suggestions. It will move fast because you will have so much to do and finish before the baby comes.
During the final stretch of pregnancy, your partner will become a great deal more tired. She will also deal with more hormone fluctuations. Add to this cramping and contractions that will increase leading up to the big day and you may see a different woman. The answer to this is honestly to be supportive and roll with the punches.
During this season, you will probably be expected to attend at least one baby shower. Be ready to play silly games, help troubleshoot issues, and carry copious amounts of baby stuff to the car. You will also be tasked with smiling and being excited over things you won’t even understand. How many onesies does one baby really need? The answer, way more than you think.
In the third trimester your partner’s nesting instinct will kick in as she realizes the baby will be here soon. Be prepared to buy anything that didn’t come to you at the baby shower or as a gift/hand-me-down. This is also the time you will be tasked with building furniture, finishing the nursery, and learning how to put up a playpen. (That last one isn’t as easy as you think.) Stepping up to help with these projects will bring her a great deal of peace.
Your partner will start to pack her hospital bag but this is also a great time for you to focus on packing your hospital bag if you plan to stay with her. Most of the process will accommodate mom while dad is more of an onlooker. Having a bag filled with things you need will help you to be the support person she needs. Here are a few things you should pack in your bag.
The only other thing you will need to do before delivery is to prepare the car. There are a few things you can do to help make sure things are ready.
You ready? Feeling more prepared? You got this!
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