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First-Time Pregnancy Tips For Dad

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As a first-time dad, you’re still trying to digest the news of becoming a dad, and you’ve also got a lot to plan for. You’re the head of the family, so you’re expected to support your partner, and there’s a lot more expected from you. 

I know you’re still confused and don’t know what to do, so I wrote this article to help you navigate the journey. 

These first-time pregnancy tips for dads are not only helpful to you but will also help strengthen the bond you have with your partner. You might also want to check out this article on things to avoid when your partner is pregnant. 

First-time Pregnancy Tips For Dads: Before The Baby Is Born

  1. Talk To Other Fathers

The best person you can talk to concerning your fears and expectations is someone who is already a father. Get the perspectives of different dads, and don’t be afraid to ask them about their journeys. 

If you are uncomfortable asking these questions in person, try to find social media groups discussing parenting. You will be amazed by the information you get. 

Ask questions like “How do I put my baby to sleep? what should we do when the baby doesn’t breastfeed? What tips do you use to make the baby sleep throughout the night?”

The answers you’ll get come from every dad’s unique experience, but they are accommodating, so you get more helpful tips. 

  1. Go For Doctors Appointments Together
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You might get most of the answers from fellow dads but still need clarification on some matters. Therefore, it’s essential to go for antenatal appointments with your partner. 

Additionally, visiting the doctor together is a form of support you’re offering your partner. Women love to be pampered, and taking her to the clinics makes her happy too.

  1. Attend Pregnancy And Childbirth Classes Together

You have a crown of a dad on your head, and all you want to do right now is to learn everything about pregnancy, childbirth, and even raising that child. There’s no better place to learn these things apart from the pregnancy and childbirth classes. 

  1. Set Aside Money

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A baby is a blessing but also comes with many needs requiring extra cash. This is the time to increase your savings and try to shop for the essential things your child will need. 

Because you’re first-time parents, I assume you’re still clueless about what items your baby needs. For that reason, I compiled a list of must-have newborn items to guide you on what to buy. 

You will also need money for the delivery and aftercare if you do not have insurance. 

  1. Be Helpful

Your partner’s body, at this point, is already handling much. Offering a helping hand around the house is a thoughtful thing to do. Ensure that you do the heavy lifting and other complex tasks in the place so that you don’t put your wife and your baby at risk. 

  1. Lead A Healthy Lifestyle

When a man gets the news of pregnancy, they usually celebrate by popping a few bottles. The habit might go on to the extent of affecting the relationship you have with your wife. 

Pregnant women hate the smell of alcohol. Take it from me because I’ve carried babies, and I know how awful it feels to get the alcohol scent from your partner. 

As a good man, you must avoid smoking and drinking during pregnancy and encourage your partner to adopt healthy living habits. 

  1. Plan For Your Paternity Leave

You have to start making plans for how you’re going to spend time with your newborn. It’s good to make early plans and talk to your boss about it if you’re employed. You want to take advantage of the opportunity of bonding with your little one. 

Now, there you have it—the best pregnancy tips for first-time dads. You don’t want to spoil this moment by doing things the wrong way. Having been through the journey a couple of times, I’m sure these tips will help you. 

Gloriah Mnyaki
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