Moms and Moms-to-be
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The First Trimester of Pregnancy
The most important thing is to show consideration for your partner, the expectant mother, who will be feeling unsettled, both physically and mentally.
Do not simply accept that housework won't get done; take a positive role and help out around the house.
While you may be busy, try to remember that the most important thing right now is to cooperate and provide encouragement for the mother-to-be so she can give birth to a healthy new baby. If you smoke, avoid smoking in the same room. A supportive father is the single most important source of happiness for an expectant mother.
Mid-pregnancy is the stable stage of pregnancy. The expectant mother becomes more noticeably pregnant, but during this stage her condition is good and she can become more active. During pregnancy, the expectant mother's activities are limited and it is easy for stress to build up. You, the expectant father, should therefore make a positive effort to take her for walks or go shopping together, but make sure the venue is one where she can spend time leisurely. Why not accompany her to childbirth classes and take part; you will not only gain a better understanding of mothers and babies, but you will also strengthen your paternal family bond.
Entering the Final Trimester of Pregnancy
As the expectant mother has now reached a considerable size, the extra weight results in backache, swollen legs and other problems, and she tends to get tired easily. At these times she will appreciate a slow and gentle massage of the shoulders and back.
During this stage, relaxing conversation is of great importance. The expectant mother needs to do things such as discussing the baby while listening to gentle music with you. This is a time to show loving kindness.
As a husband, as a father. Communicate with your wife
From the day you bring your baby home from the hospital, your lives will change completely. Your wife's life will revolve around your baby, as it will take her time to recover from the birth and get used to the toll breast feeding takes on her body. During this time, your frustrations as a husband may build up without you even realizing it.
This is your first hurdle. Even if your life centers on your job, you should try to increase the amount of time you spend touching your baby, even if by only a little bit.
You have only just begun raising your child. Don't leave childrearing duties to just one parent-work together with your wife to build up your experience as mother and father.