When a woman is pregnant, most of the care goes to her. But what about the father?
The mother is the one who experiences firsthand all the changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth. This can trigger feelings of fear, excitement, and anxiety.
Men do not always attend prenatal visits and are less likely to read or talk about pregnancy, but this does not mean that they are not interested or do not need support.
How can the father be involved, supported and prepared during pregnancy?
- It is important that at this very important moment there good communication. Know what you think or what concerns you.
- Attend prenatal appointments together. Although the father may not always be able to attend prenatal visits, try to attend an appointment together. This will allow the father to know aspects related to prenatal care, and to participate in some of the most interesting experiences such as hearing the baby's heartbeat or seeing how it moves on ultrasound scans. You can also ask any questions you may have.
- Join you in the preparation classes at delivery.
- Plan delivery together. Having talked about the delivery in advance will allow when the delivery arrives In this way the same page during the big day. If Dad knows ahead of time that you want to stay mobile in the workforce or avoid continuous monitoring, for example, he will be better prepared to support you and speak to your care providers if necessary.