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A Pregnancy is for Both – Father and Mother to Handle

A Pregnancy is for Both – Father and Mother to Handle

by: Dr. Shilva
Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Looking at Prince William holding his young one in his arms, leaving the hospital after the birth of his new born child was a pleasant sight. Men have a very important role in the process of pregnancy and child birth. It’s challenging for fathers to be actively involved in pregnancy although no one doubts the fact that some of them become super dads while raising their kids.

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Research shows that Fathers are needed:

Studies have proved that infants whose fathers had minimal involvement in pregnancy were more likely to be born premature and with low birth weight. Sometimes your physical and emotional presence is all that is required during pregnancy. So here let’s have a look for role of dad in pregnancy and prepare quarterly roster.

Be prepared to welcome the little one:

Planning to start a family is a water shed moment for parents and the delivery of the ‘’Good news”  certainly brings along mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness. It’s like an examination schedule that has been pinned on the notice board. Husbands have a calming effect on moms in managing morning sickness. They have the responsibility to encourage her for  a balanced and nutritious diet apart from planning antenatal visits to obstetrics clinic. They also take care of pregnancy mood swings of her partner because it’s the hormones that are affecting and also be conscious and sensitive while making love in pregnancy.

Be prepared for all circumstances:

Dads need to be prepared to handle the odd symptoms of pregnancy and should find out about what they have should do. They can get references for mood related aspects. You can support the health of your partner by cooking and eating healthy meals together and exercising together. Prepare yourself for moving to a new place. Make a list of the hospitals that are not far and stay in touch always with your wife as it could be bit of emergency anytime. Plan for hospital stay and be a helping hand. Also try and engage your own parents so that they can also be a part of your training for baby care. Attending child birth classes together helps a lot to prepare you for arrival of new born.

Do get actively involved in labour and cord cutting also a  father has a lot of role in successful breast feeding. It is best that you get more involved with your wife in the 9 months. The anticipation of a new one coming to your house should grip your imagination. Remember for many parents, it is the best time of their life’s.

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