Updated: Apr 27, 2019
No joke when your friends warn that life is just going to turn upside down with a new baby.
Your partner's role as a new father cannot be understated. He will offer the emotional and physical support as you need. And he will be popping champagne, thinking of becoming a father.
Reassure you about your pregnancy
Just as you are coping with the physical demands, your partner will be reading this blog and telling you all that you need. This is how he should feel involved in the pregnancy. Learning about the symptoms of pregnancy, he will reassure you that the mild ailments such as backache, leg cramps or even Braxton Hicks pains are perfectly common.
See your obstetrician together
It's a lovely sight to see both of you attending the clinic together. Bring him along so that he can ask the doctor questions about the pregnancy. If he has a family history of genetic problems, communicate this to your doctor. More tests can then be arranged to ascertain these risks in your baby.
Knowing the progress of the pregnancy will help him to understand your physical and emotional demands. Seeing your baby on the scan together create the special bond. He will feel just as excited and thrilled as you.
It is perfect date to attend the antenatal classes together. Learning more about the symptoms of pregnancy will help him understand and appreciate your sacrifices. He can now understand your mood swings, appetite changes and even sudden cravings.
Your partner's role during delivery
Your partner is your best supporter at delivery. However, beware if your partner has a fear of blood. Let him witness the special moment of delivery. Your partner's encouragement is the best motivation at this critical moment.
Most fathers would love to cut the umbilical cord and I often encourage this. Indeed, this special act signify his first responsibility as a father. Birth and delivery are miraculous. Both of you must enjoy this emotional experience together!
The new father
Communication and support is absolutely essential especially in the first few days after delivery. Your partner must understand your mood swings and blues. You will need all his physical and emotional support.
As a new father, he may be busy with the new tasks of fatherhood such as changing diapers and helping with feeds. Be open and communicate about your needs and to feel love.