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Supporting Your Partner During Pregnancy

Supporting Your Partner During Pregnancy
23 December 2014 2144 Views No comments

Pregnancy is a wonderful time but it can be difficult for your partner, especially as she enters the later stages. While there are some things you won't be able to help with, there are some steps you can take to support your partner and enable her to feel a little bit more comfortable.

Here are some great tips to providing much-needed support to your partner throughout the full nine months of her pregnancy.

Go to the appointments

Doctor appointments like scans and general check-ups can be exciting during pregnancy, especially if you are able to see your little bundle of joy on a screen or hear their heartbeat. However, they can also be very nerve-racking.

With this in mind, you should make a note of when every appointment is so that you can make it to as many as possible. If you're unable to get to an appointment, knowing when it is so that you can call your partner afterwards can help her to feel much more relaxed.

Going to the appointments will also make you feel more involved, and you'll be able to ask any questions that have been concerning you.

Exercise together

As well as helping your partner to stay healthy throughout her pregnancy, regular exercise can help make labour easier and also get your partner used to her changing body. However, exercising during pregnancy also gets more difficult as time goes on, so your partner may need help.

This is why starting regular exercise sessions with her from the start is a great idea. Things like walking and swimming are low impact, but also beneficial.

Walking can help to ease muscles and relieve some of your partner's nervous energy, while swimming will ensure that her weight is supported in the water to reduce the amount of effort movements require. Swimming can also help to release muscle tension, which can make pregnancy more uncomfortable.

It is important, though, that you don't let your partner overdo it. Ensure that she takes regular breaks and stays hydrated throughout your exercise sessions.

Provide healthy food

For many people it can be tempting to indulge in unhealthy food throughout pregnancy, but this can impact health. While a treat every now and then is fine – especially if she has cravings – you want to ensure that you're both getting a balanced diet to keep your partner healthy and give baby the best start.

Make sure that your partner eats vegetables and protein, and stays away from foods and drinks that could be harmful to her and the baby such as alcohol or raw eggs. Eat what your partner is eating so that she doesn't feel left out because of her pregnancy.

Clear away possibly harmful products

There are some household products that can be damaging to your baby during pregnancy. Toxic cleaners, bleach, insecticides and paint are all potentially dangerous for your partner during pregnancy. You should clear these away and be the only one to use them throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding stages.

This doesn't mean that you have to do all the housework, especially as your partner may feel restless not helping out, however you should find some natural alternatives that will do the job but won't cause problems.

Make sure she rests

Getting enough sleep and rest is important for your partner, not only because it will help give her the energy her body needs to grow a baby, but also because she is likely to be carrying on with everyday life while pregnant.

Do what you can to ensure that she sleeps well, even if that means you having to move to the couch for a night or two. Things like full body pillows can help her to feel more comfortable as her pregnancy progresses, as can soft blankets.