These are a few of the totally understandable fears men can experience on the cusp of fatherhood. There can be a ton of joy, excitement or just plain blind optimism, too. But during pregnancy it’s normal for men to be a little anxious about something. And it’s important to address those concerns, just as we support and reassure pregnant women about what they are going through.
Everyone — and every circumstance — is so unique, it’s tough to generalize how this life transformation will affect a guy. But there are common themes. When researching the pregnancy and baby book I co-authored, From the Hips, we surveyed hundreds of expectant parents and gained valuable insight into the worries of both women and men. Since then I’ve been working with expectant couples in childbirth classes and hear similar questions and concerns every week. So on that note, here are 10 common fears guys have during pregnancy — and a few ideas for how to cope with them.
Ceridwen Morris, CCE, is a writer, childbirth educator and the co-author of From The Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Becoming a Parent.
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