While it’s true to say the person carrying the baby does (quite literally!) bear most of the weight when it comes to navigating pregnancy, there are ways you can help your partner feel supported.
Pregnancy leaves its mark emotionally as well as physically. On top of feeling wiped out (especially as your due date approaches), pregnancy can also trigger anxiety and mood swings.
Here are some ways you can be a team player while you wait for your new addition to arrive.
Be Emotionally Present
If there was ever a time to put your phone down or close your laptop: this is it. Make yourself as emotionally present as possible for your partner. Whether it’s attending prenatal classes, talking to your partner’s bump or reading up on baby development, it’s important to show your partner your excitement to become a parent!
Help More around the House
Tiredness mixed with the aches and pains of late pregnancy can make household chores much more of a struggle for your partner. Support your partner by cooking and cleaning more than usual to save her the stress of sorting out a dirty house.
Pregnancy is known to wreak havoc on your emotional state! If your partner is ever irritable, tired or sensitive about certain things, try not to react too harshly. Hormonal changes are likely the culprit here, not your partner!
Make the Most out of Pre-Baby Life!
Things are about to change in a very big way! Welcoming a little one is one of the most exciting things two people can go through, but spontaneous nights out or last minute holidays will be few and far between once the baby arrives!
Whether it’s a weekend away or a whole weekend spent lying in, organize something special for your partner while it’s just the two of you.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget to prioritize our partners to the extent they deserve. Pregnancy and having a new baby changes a relationship, so make sure you’re showing your partner you’re there for her and fully invested in life now and in the future with a new baby. Show up emotionally, be present and make sure you’re checking in to see how she’s doing.
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