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Pregnancy Guide for First Time Fathers: Here's What to Expect

Pregnancy Guide for First Time Fathers: Here's What to Expect

For a lot of first-time dads, it can be difficult to figure out all of the things that you need to do to care for both your partner and your child. This is why we came up with a handy pregnancy guide for first-time fathers to make things easier for you!

pregnancy guide for first time fathers

Pregnancy guide for first-time fathers

Being a dad carries a lot of responsibility. You’re no longer just looking after yourself and your partner, but also your child. This can be both an exciting and scary moment; after all, dads want to be the best that they can be for their families.

Your role as a dad doesn’t start once your partner gives birth. There are a lot of things that you can do during your partner’s pregnancy to make things go a lot smoother.

During Pregnancy

Support your partner during their pregnancy

Being supportive as a dad means that you’ll take the time to bring your partner to their doctor’s appointments, and you’ll do your due diligence in helping make sure your partner is healthy during her pregnancy.

Being with your partner during her check-ups not only makes her feel supported, but you’ll also gain valuable knowledge about your child’s growth and development.

Attend classes for expectant dads

Another thing that you can do as a first-time dad would be to attend pregnancy classes. There are both classes for couples, as well as just for first-time dads.

These classes can help provide you with important information, tips, and advice that can help you once your baby is born. If you have any fears or worries, talking to other first-time dads in these classes can help make you feel better, and be more confident of your abilities as a dad.

Be there during labor and delivery

Lastly, as much as possible, be there during your partner’s labor and delivery. Giving birth can be a very difficult process, and you should support your partner as much as you can.

Of course, you also would not want to miss your newborn baby’s first moments! So if possible, try to be there when your partner gives birth.

After pregnancy guide

Now that your partner has given birth, you’ll have all sorts of new responsibilities as a dad. here are some of the things you need to remember:

Be proactive when it comes to responsibilities

What this means is that you’ll have to be the one to take initiative when it comes to chores, tasks, and other responsibilities around the house. If your partner is taking care of your baby, try your best to help them cook, clean, and manage the household.

If your partner seems tired or wants to take a rest, don’t hesitate to offer to take care of your baby while she sleeps. Breastfeeding and caring for a newborn can be very exhausting, especially for someone who just gave birth.

So as her partner, you have to be the one to take initiative so that your partner isn’t too stressed.

pregnancy guide for first time fathers

Learn your baby’s cues

When caring for your baby, it’s important to learn their cues. What this means is that you should know when they’re hungry, when they’re sleepy, when their diaper needs to be changed, etc.

By learning your baby’s cues, it will be much easier to care for your little one.

Spend as much time as you can with your baby

Lastly, as a father, it’s important to spend as much time as you can with your baby. This helps improve your bond, and also makes your baby feel safe and secure around you.

Don’t forget to cherish all of these moments, and as a dad, these are the memories that you will be carrying for the rest of your life.

Key Takeaways

The most important thing to remember about being a first-time dad, is to not overthink things. Being a dad is something that you have to experience before you get the hang of it, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re having a hard time caring for your baby. You’ll figure it out in time.

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Sources

Becoming a Dad: Advice for Expectant Fathers • ZERO TO THREE, https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1838-becoming-a-dad-advice-for-expectant-fathers, Accessed November 25, 2020

Pregnancy, birth and beyond for dads and partners – NHS, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/dad-to-be-pregnant-partner/, Accessed November 25, 2020

Pregnancy: where do men fit in? | Raising Children Network, https://raisingchildren.net.au/pregnancy/dads-guide-to-pregnancy/early-pregnancy/pregnancy-where-men-fit-in, Accessed November 25, 2020

Being a dad | Pregnancy Birth and Baby, https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/being-a-dad, Accessed November 25, 2020

Pregnancy guide for dads | Family Lives, https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/pregnancy-and-baby/becoming-a-dad/pregnancy-and-birth-a-guide-for-dads-to-be/, Accessed November 25, 2020

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Written by Jan Alwyn Batara on Dec 01, 2020
Medically reviewed by Hello Doctor Medical Panel
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