It’s hard to be an expecting father. No, not as hard as it is to carry the thing for all those months. and don’t even mention the getting the baby out part. But that doesn’t mean Dads don’t have their own special crosses to bear in the pregnancy period.
A big problem for Dads to be: lack of information. This results in general cluelessness, which then results in shame about the cluelessness, and fear of admitting the cluelessness…and so the cycle begins. While women are reading up on every detail of the momentous changes that are going on inside their very own bodies, Dads are stuck on the sidelines, perhaps leafing idly through the pages of a pregnancy guidebook and getting too freaked out to continue. Or perhaps, ignoring the entire thing and hoping it will all just be absorbed by osmosis by the time the baby is born.
The bite size video below breaks down the absolute must-know nuggets for Dads to be. A look at this should at least give you a good start on supporting your partner through pregnancy-or making her want to slug you slightly less. Plus it’s in a super simple man to man format so you can’t even complain about it being confusing or yucky or, y’know, girly.
Dad-to-Be Tip #1: Don’t Ever Say “We’re Pregnant.”
That, of course, is because you, yourself are NOT pregnant. Not in the barfing from the smell of everything, unable to sit through a movie without a pee break, feeling like there’s a foot pressing on your pubic bone at all times sense. You are both Expecting, but you are not both Pregnant. The Royal We is not applicable to physical conditions.
See more tips in the video from What You Ought to Know.