Pregnancy can be a long nine months. And while your pregnant partner might be doing the brunt of the work for these nine months, there are ways you as the baby’s father can step in and make things a little bit easier for her.
To show you how this can be done, here are three ways to help your pregnant partner get and stay comfortable for the entirety of her pregnancy.
Draw Her A Warm Bath
Carrying a baby is very hard on the body, regardless of how fit or active your partner may have been before pregnancy. So when all the extra pounds and shifting of her body are really wearing on her, Darienne Hosley Stewart, a contributor to BabyCenter.com, shares that one way to relieve these aches and pains is to draw your partner a warm bath.
By taking care of preparing the bath, your partner can focus entirely on maneuvering her pregnant frame safely into the tub and letting the warm water relax both her and baby. And once she’s finished with the bath, try to be the one who pulls up the bath stopper to ensure that she stays safe and comfortable from start to finish.
If you don’t have a bathtub in your home, taking a warm shower can also do the trick for relaxing tense muscles and helping your partner to feel a little more peace of mind and body.
Create The Perfect Sleep Environment
Sleep can be a very hard thing to come by when you’re pregnant. Not only will your partner be fighting symptoms like heartburn and insomnia, but the actual physical discomfort from her enlarged belly can make it hard to relax and unwind enough to get or stay asleep.
To help your partner deal with this, Dr. Nivin Todd, a contributor to WebMD.com, advises that you do everything in your power to get and keep your partner comfortable in bed. This can include dropping the temperature, adding more pillows to the bed, and participating in a relaxing bedtime routine together.
Be Prepared To Help With Cravings, Aversions, And Pregnancy Symptoms
All throughout your partner’s pregnancy, she’s going to be dealing with cravings, aversions, and other random pregnancy symptoms. And while these things can be annoying, Kate Tietje, a contributor to Babble.com, shares that they can be much more manageable if you as the father are prepared to help.
The best way to do this is just to respect your partner’s wishes and act quickly when she needs help. So if she can’t stand the smell of something, keep that food away from her. Or, if she’s needing a drink of water or some antacids, be the first one to jump up and help.
To help you and your partner make it through pregnancy together, consider using the tips mentioned above to help your partner stay comfortable.