How to Help Your Wife During Pregnancy

Your wife is dealing with all of the physical changes and challenges of pregnancy.  But there are lots of things a husband should do during this time to support his partner. Here are few tips on how to be a part of your wife’s pregnancy:

Go with your wife to her prenatal visits
Go with your wife to meet the doctor who will deliver your baby. The doctor may need your medical history too. It also helps to know the people who are taking care of your wife and baby. Before the visits, write down any questions you have and be prepared to ask them. Don’t feel shy or afraid to ask anything. It is better to know the right answers.

Make sure your wife eats well
Help your wife eat lots of healthy foods. Good food choices during pregnancy may include whole grain breads, cereals, rice and pasta; skim or low-fat milk, low-fat meats, proteins, cheese and yogurt; and lots of fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to watch what you eat. If you eat right, it will make it easier for her to keep on track.

Quit smoking
If you are smoking, you are creating secondhand smoke, which is not good for your partner and the baby in her. Be aware that pregnant women who smoke have a higher risk of giving birth to babies born too small and too soon. This is a great time to quit smoking. Get help from your doctor or specialists.

Avoid alcohol
Your partner has to stay away from alcohol during pregnancy because it can cause birth defects. Help your partner stay away from alcohol by serving a lot of water, fresh juices and milk. If she has trouble staying away from alcohol, make sure you abstain from alcohol too.

Help your partner stay away from street drugs
Illegal drugs will hurt the baby’s development. If your partner uses illegal drugs, help her stop. Talk to your health care provider about treatment drugs and herbal products. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines may also hurt the growing baby. Make sure that your health care provider knows about any medicines your partner is taking, and ask whether they are safe for mother and baby.

Keep dangerous household products away from your partner
Paint, solvents, paint thinners, pesticides and some household cleaners can release fumes which can harm developing babies. Keep them away from your partner.

Do exercise together
Exercise is a great thing you and your partner can do together. Walking is the easiest exercise, and you can do it almost anywhere and anytime. Ask your partner’s health care provider about the safest kinds of exercise you can do with your partner.

Help her get rest and lower her stress
Let your partner get enough rest when she needs it. You can help your partner by cleaning up, shopping for groceries and other needs, and making meals. Talk with your partner about your hopes and plans for your baby. Encourage her. It can help lower stress.

Understand the changes
Pregnancy may cause many mood swings in women. These mood changes are very common during pregnancy. Fatigue may also plague your partner. Understand that even an uncomplicated pregnancy is not an easy thing, and support your partner through all of it!

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