Supporting Your Partner During Pregnancy

Is your partner expectant? Pregnancy is a challenging and delicate period. It’s fair to say that it takes its toll on your companion’s energy levels. It takes a while for many men to know their role during this time. Let’s look at some of the ways to offer support during your partner’s pregnancy.

Early Pregnancy

Experts say that the first trimester is the trickiest. Your partner may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • Tiredness- This is due to shifts in hormones
  • Vomiting and nausea– It also occurs due to hormonal variations
  • Painful breasts– As they gear up, they may become sore
  • Mood swings– She may be irritable quite often

How to Help Her

  • Listen to advice from close and supportive friends and family – This essential, especially for first-time dads.  You may listen to experiences from your friends who’ve had babies. From them, you can note what your partner will need.  Other ways to help her may include:
  • Staying calm–  Remember that mood swings will not last long
  • Start cooking–  Remember, however that the smell of some foods may  make her feel sick
  • Encourage her-to focus on important issues such as having a more healthy diet
  • Do the heavy work– This is essential as it will prevent her from back strains. 

Second Trimester

 The second trimester begins at the start of week 14. It ends at 27 weeks and 6 days. As your partner’s belly grows, it becomes obvious that she’s pregnant. At this time:

  • She may feel better physically
  • Her energy levels improve
  • Morning sickness fades away
  • She feels  the baby’s movements

Supporting her during this period is quite easy. You may consider the following:

  • Help her  to get some flattering maternity outfits
  • Get closer to her physically
  • Run her a bath
  • Give her massages
  • Prioritize and listen to her

Late Pregnancy

The third trimester (weeks 28- 40) can be the most uncomfortable for your partner. It may also get quite busy as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. Some of the changes during this time include:

  • Discomfort as the baby enlarges
  •  She may develop stretch marks
  •  Swollen legs after standing
  • Difficulty in eating normal-sized meals
  •  Interrupted sleeps

You can support her by:

  • Encouraging her to get more sleep and rest
  • Reassuring her about her physical uniqueness
  • Help her make a birth plan
  • Accompany her for the prenatal checkups 

How Dads Feel During Pregnancy

 Dads may develop anxiety about their forthcoming parenting role. They can also question their ability to provide for a bigger family. They also tend to feel impatient about the baby’s birth.


Please note that development differs from one child to another. 

Content intended for educational purposes only, and not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

Be careful when using any products mentioned on this website. We hold no regulations for such products or their providers.

Last reviewed March 2019

Sources: acog, babble, gyneco-blogic

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