Sometimes pregnancy is all about the mom, and the dad gets pushed back in the shadow of it all. I have some unique ways on how to make your husband feel involved in pregnancy and your journey. Whether you are a first-time parent or already have a child or two, you can do these special ways to make him feel involved.
Moms are the ones with the growing tummies, aches, and pains that get a lot of attention. While you can get attention from friends and family about how you are feeling, and such, dad’s don’t get that as much. They might get, are you ready or excited questions, but other than that the attention is on mom. So, here are ways you can honestly work at helping him feel apart of it all.
Ways to Make Your Husband Feel Involved in Pregnancy
When you decide to share your news with friends, family, and loved ones, make sure dad is front and center along with you on your announcements. From your expecting to gender reveal, and baby name, and so on. All these announcements are about the both of you creating your beautiful family, so make sure you both are a huge part of how you share the news.
Make sure that you both attend the OB appointments along with the pregnancy journey. Let him voice any questions that he may have, as well as you. It is a great way to connect together as well, and let him grow closer to his baby as he sees first hand on sonograms, hearing the heartbeat, etc.
Take time to register together for all your baby items. Let him share items that he thinks would be good for your little one. Whether you log on together and load things online or head into the store together. Just allow him to be a part of it.
Read To Baby
Grab a book or two and let him read to the baby at night before bed. This can be a really special way to have baby and dad connect while your little one is still in the womb.
When you can feel the baby kick on the outside of tummy, make sure to share the experience with him. Dad’s love feeling their baby rolling around in your tummy and allowing him to see and feel that anytime he can.
Create A Birth Plan Together
Sit down and make a birth plan together. Yes, you have more weight regarding how you want to do some things, but also he might have things he prefers as well. Circumcision, umbilical cord cutting, skin-to-skin, all of those things should be joint decisions.
Have a joint baby shower, where you and your husband can both be the star of the party. These type of showers are modern, and such a great way to make dad and mom-to-be to both feels like they are a part of the process of having a baby.
Create a baby journal for your bundle of joy. Write letters, add in milestones of your pregnancy, funny stories, cravings and more. If he wants to be a part of it, by all means, let him join in.
Being pregnant is scary, you go through a lot of changes, your growing a baby, and it can be overwhelming. We always need to remember that your husband might be having scary feelings that he might need to talk about. See if he shares his excitement, concerns, or fears of becoming a dad.
Let Him Pack His Own Bag
Take the time and pack your hospital bag and baby’s and then let dad choose what he wants in his. Make sure to help guide him if he asks, but trust that he can manage his own bag. This is a beautiful way for him to get excited and feel like the due date is coming closer.
Take a birthing class or two together. Both of you will learn about the labor and delivery process, and your husband will learn how vital his role is in the birth. He can be your support and help you in so many ways to get your baby here and healthy.
How have you made your husband feel special in your pregnancy process?
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Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.