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Pregnancy is usually a time of excitement. But sometimes, pregnant women and their partners may feel like they're expecting a bundle of anxiety along with the joy. They have a long list of to-dos. They have to cope with the changes and unknowns that come with pregnancy and birth.
When both partners support each other, they strengthen their bond and their sense of teamwork.
A partner's support is especially important for the mom and baby during this busy time.
If this is your first child, learn as much about pregnancy as you can. Read about what to expect during each trimester. For example, women may be very tired during the first and third trimesters. During the second trimester, they may have more energy.
Whether you're new to parenthood or have been through this before:
You also can support your partner in other ways:
It's not only moms who need care and attention. You may feel like you're expected to do all the helping and giving. With all the attention on the mom and baby, you may feel ignored by family and friends. And you may worry about the safety of your partner and baby during childbirth. It's also common to feel nervous about your role during labor.
Try to support yourself too. Your partnership and family will be stronger if you both get breaks and help.
Stapleton LR, et al. (2012). Perceived partner support in pregnancy predicts lower maternal and infant distress. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(3): 453–463.
Other Works Consulted
Redshaw M, Henderson J (2013). Fathers' engagement in pregnancy and childbirth: Evidence from a national survey. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 13: 70.
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/13/70. Accessed October 9, 2013.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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