In today’s world, pregnancy is not just about your spouse any longer; it is about you as well. While your pregnant wife spends nine months carrying a baby inside her, you will be left to marvel at the miracle from outside. Both husband and wife share responsibility during pregnancy. Accordingly, the husband should proudly proclaim “we are pregnant” rather than “my wife is pregnant.”
The question remains as to how the husband could help with the pregnancy. If you are a first-time expecting dad, we have a helpful list of healthy tips on caring for your pregnant wife.
Responding to the News
To begin with, participate in the news she has to say. No matter what her thoughts or opinions may be, welcome them. Show her that you support her decision and are happy with it. You want your spouse to feel confident and secure that you’re going to help her through these nine months and that you’re ready to take on the role of a great dad.
Provide Healthy Ingredients
Your wife’s body undergoes plenty of changes and therefore needs a lot of nutrients. During pregnancy, a healthy diet is crucial for mom, as the food and drink consumed by mom during pregnancy is the primary source of nourishment for the baby. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant women require more calcium, folic acid, iron and protein than women who are not pregnant.
- The best sources of folic acid are leafy green vegetables, enriched cereals, bread, edamame, and citrus fruits.
- As a calcium source, you may provide your pregnant wife milk, yogurt, cheese, calcium-fortified foods and drinks, sardines or salmon with bones, and some leafy greens.
- Feed her with lean meat, poultry, fish, dried beans and peas to infuse iron.
- Make sure she gets enough protein through meat, poultry, fish, dried beans, nuts, eggs, and tofu every day.
- At every meal, add lots of fruit and vegetables, a quarter of them with whole grains and a quarter of them with a source of lean protein.
Keep Her Away from Junkies
Food cravings during pregnancy can be common for women. This may be due to the extreme hormonal changes that pregnant women experience, which specifically affect taste and smell. In addition, your pregnant wife has plenty of reasons to indulge in these cravings, like “Pregnancy is hard, so I deserve a break! This is a two-person meal”. However, there are plenty more reasons not to give in.
Reasons May Include:
- Developing a preference for fatty foods
- Having a higher risk of allergies
- An increase in the risk of heart disease
- A higher risk of addiction towards junk food
- Behaviour Disorder
- It can be hazardous to both mother and the developing baby
Encourage Drinking More Water.
Make sure she drinks 8-12 glasses of water a day as it helps prevent constipation and decreases the risk of urinary tract infections. However, dehydration can lower the baby’s amniotic fluid levels, affecting their development and may bring on preterm labor. Further, dehydration can cause nutritional deficiencies that negatively impact the health and development of the baby.
Foods high in water content such as watermelon, berries, cucumber, yogurt, lettuce, cantaloupe, etc., could be good choices for her.
Additionally, the hot weather can make it challenging to drink enough fluids, but ensure that she’s getting enough fluids to prevent dehydration both for her and your baby.
Eliminate Alcohol and Smoking
It goes without saying that drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes is harmful during pregnancy. An unhealthy lifestyle may lead to congenital disabilities in the baby or even miscarriage. If you want your wife to have a healthy child, then you must be firm in preventing her from drinking and smoking. You may also do your part by quitting smoking.
Support your Partner
- Regardless of how busy you are, make sure you schedule regular doctor visits for your wife and discuss her health with the doctor. Make sure she gets all the prescribed medications on time.
- Take initiatives to add multivitamins to your wife’s diet as directed by her physician.
- Make sure she takes breaks and naps. Pregnancy hormones affect a woman’s energy level and sleep needs.
- Take your wife for a walk and spend some quality time together. Share your excitement about your baby with her.
- Try to do things that make her feel better. Let’s say she loves shopping, then go shopping and buy unisex baby clothes to welcome your newborn.
- You may help her with cleaning and cooking. Your pregnant partner will appreciate this, especially when she is extremely tired or if certain smells make her feel sick to her stomach.
- It is important to let your pregnant wife know that you care and are equally excited about your baby’s arrival. Explore various options. You may discuss the importance of buying organic clothes for your baby as they are safe. And by doing so, you will build an emotional connection with your wife.
- A pregnant woman shouldn’t be stressed as this can harm her mentally and emotionally. In addition, your baby may be adversely affected. Do your utmost to brighten her day. Keep her in good spirits.
You’re the one that your wife needs the most at this stage. Make sure she knows you are there for her regardless of her mood swings. Understand and accept the hormonal changes and pains she experiences. Let your wife vent or cry whenever she needs to, even in the middle of the night. Be patient, and do not let yourself get upset by her actions. Keep her feeling that no matter what, she doesn’t have to go through it alone. Again, pregnancy is a shared responsibility!