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How a Father Should Prepare

How a Father Should Prepare

A father-to-be should share in the experiences of pregnancy along with the mother. It's important that the mother feels supported during her pregnancy, as she'll be dealing with physical and emotional changes. Pregnancy is also a chance for a father to share the ups and downs of the entire nine months.

The Father's Health

Just as the mom needs to eat a balanced diet for optimal health, a father needs to be aware of eating the right foods. While it's fine to indulge in a dessert or fatty snack once in awhile, overdoing it can cause heart disease, stroke and obesity. You want to be around to watch your child grow up, and by monitoring your diet you can lessen or eliminate a lot of health risks. Your diet can even affect your fertility, so if you're trying to get pregnant, look for foods high in iron and Vitamin C to boost your chances of conception.

If you smoke, you need to quit. Secondhand smoke is extremely dangerous for mother and baby, and can cause low birth weight, premature labor and cleft palates or a cleft lip. It is also a bad environment for a baby as your child grows he or she will look to you for guidance, and smoking isn't setting a good example.

Help Your Spouse Feel Comfortable

Whether that means fetching an extra pillow for the bed, or talking to her about her fears, be there for the mother and let her know that you support her during the pregnancy. It's an anxious time for fathers too, so don't be afraid to confide your fears you may have concerns about taking care of your child financially, or that you won't know how to hold the baby properly. Sharing them will only make you both feel better.

Learn As Much As You Can

While the mother will experience the first kick, the changes in her body, and going through labor and delivery, you can also share many of these emotions as you go through the pregnancy together. Be as involved as possible in the pregnancy: from attending doctor's appointments to utilizing breathing techniques in childbirth classes. Throughout the nine months of pregnancy, your baby will change a lot! Read about the size of your baby at various stages, and what transformations the fetus is undergoing in every trimester. This will also give you an idea of the changes happening in your partner's body the weight of the baby during the third trimester, the hiccups she can feel through her stomach in the ninth month.

Watching your baby being born is an amazing transformation, but many fathers are fearful of the delivery room. While it may be difficult and lengthy, it's something you don't want to miss. You'll get to witness a new life coming into the world!


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