HEALTH, LIFESTYLE, PARENTING

First-Time Dads Guide To Pregnancy

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Not sure what to expect when you become a dad/father for the first time? A positive pregnancy test can be scary, overwhelming, exciting, and nerve-wracking for first-time dads just as much as it is for first-time moms. Even though nine months might seem like enough time to plan and get ready for a baby, that time goes by fast.

Want to make sure you and your growing family have the best chance of succeeding?

Here are three tips for first-time dads’ guide to pregnancy!

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Show support for your partner.

Even though your partner probably won’t look pregnant for a few more months, she may start to feel different around this time. These are some of the most common signs that you might be able to see happening to her:

  • tiredness
  • nausea
  • tender or sore breasts

You might also notice that your partner’s moods change a lot. This can be hard to deal with, especially if you still don’t feel like they’re really pregnant. Try not to take it personally. Show support to them by giving them help to provide comfort and show appreciation for her with the little things.

Having a ritual where your partner and you can relax and catch up on things would be great for this. We suggest you to take a tea break with our Cold-Pressed Ginger. They come with multiple additional benefits including relieving colds and warms up the body.

Learn to manage stress better.

Men who are having a baby, en route to becoming a dad, can feel a lot of stress. This can come from things like worries about money, relationships, and work. You might think you can handle your stress or that it’s just “your problem”. But too much stress can make you angry. That anger can affect the way you treat other people.

If your stress gets out of hand, it can make your pregnant partner feel stressed as well. The bad news is that this can also hurt your baby’s health and development. For example, the stress in pregnant women has been linked to multiple issues. This includes the baby being born early, having a low birth weight, and taking longer to develop.

When a pregnant woman is under a lot of stress, like from a broken marriage, a family fight, family violence, or being poor, it can hurt her baby’s brain development and other areas of development. Stress can also have an effect on how your child feels and acts in the future. Stress won’t go away if you don’t deal with it. It can add up and make you and the people around you feel worse.

It’s good for you, your partner to find ways to deal with life’s stresses. Learn what to expect and talk to your partner about how you’re feeling. This is so you can both find a better way to deal with it.

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Be there for them.

One of the most important and rewarding things you will do in your life is to become a father. The best thing you can do for your child is to be a loving, involved dad. The relationship between a child and his or her parents is one of a kind. In general, fathers today do a lot more than men did in the past. Being involved from the beginning is better for both you and your child.

Research has shown that dads are very important to the emotional, social, physical, and mental growth of their children. The kind of father you are when they are young will affect them even when they are grown up.

Both parents need to be close to each other and be stable for their children. They do better when their fathers spend time with them and treat them well. Fathers can help their children grow by playing with them, being a good example, and being warm, loving, and interested.

Some things will change in your life. Instead of going out whenever you want, you and your partner may need to start talking about time off. At first, you might feel like everything is about your partner and the baby. You also might have to stop having sex for a while. All of this can be solved if you and your partner talk about how you feel and what you need. Many men aren’t used to asking for help and advice. But if you need it, now is the time to do so. Don’t forget that you and your partner are both in this. You’ll get off to the best possible start if you work as a team and are ready for the changes that are coming.

All in all, being a first-time dad can be an exhausting task since you are obligated to take care of a new human being-specifically an extension of yourself and your partner. Many dads-to-be go through a rollercoaster of feelings, from being really excited about the birth of their child to feeling anxious about whether they will be good parents, whether they will make the same mistakes as their own parents, or whether they could ever be as good as their own parents were to them. We wish you the very best in this brand new journey to being a dad!