Home > Partner Support During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is usually a time of excitement. But sometimes, pregnant women and their partners may feel like they're expecting a bundle of anxiety along with the joy. They have a long list of to-dos. They have to cope with the changes and unknowns that come with pregnancy and birth.
When both partners support each other, they strengthen their bond and their sense of teamwork.
A partner's support is especially important for the mom and baby during this busy time.
If this is your first child, learn as much about pregnancy as you can. Read about what to expect during each trimester. For example, women may be very tired during the first and third trimesters. During the second trimester, they may have more energy.
Whether you're new to parenthood or have been through this before:
You also can support your partner in other ways:
It's not only moms who need care and attention. You may feel like you're expected to do all the helping and giving. With all the attention on the mom and baby, you may feel ignored by family and friends. And you may worry about the safety of your partner and baby during childbirth. It's also common to feel nervous about your role during labor.
Try to support yourself too. Your partnership and family will be stronger if you both get breaks and help.
Other Works Consulted
Redshaw M, Henderson J (2013). Fathers' engagement in pregnancy and childbirth: Evidence from a national survey. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 13: 70. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/13/70. Accessed October 9, 2013.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
6051 US Hwy. 49
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
128 Highland Parkway, Suite 202
Picayune, MS 39466
130 Highland Parkway
Picayune, MS 39466
CONNECT WITH FORREST HEALTH
Notice of Privacy Practices · PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST · FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE · NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE
REQUEST FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR RELEASE OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION 6051 US HIGHWAY 49, HATTIESBURG MS 39401 · 601-288-7000 · © FORREST HEALTH · ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ·