Monday, August 31, 2009

For Dads-to-Be: 10 Things you need to know about dealing with a pregnant woman

Dads-to-Be (and everyone else too!): 10 Things you need to know about dealing with a pregnant woman

1. She probably has to pee, right this moment.

2. Her mood may change at any moment.
... and then change back. Then back once more.

3. Morning sickness does not just occur in the morning.
Some women experience morning sickness all day, or feel worse into the evening. Be sympathetic.

4. She looks at you differently now.
This can work both ways, if you actively engage in preparing for the baby, she may love you more deeply. If you don't, she may be weary of your suitability as a father.

5. It takes a fraction of the time for her to get upset that it previously did.
Probably about a quarter of the time it used to.

6. You will hear the female anatomy discussed with unparalleled candor.
It might make you uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable. You won't look at women the same way, but hopefully that is OK. Pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most amazing, natural things a woman's body can do and you should respect that.

7. She will get freaked out.
Probably by some article she read or something she saw on TV, it is your job to find another article that says the first article is wrong.

8. If you don't sympathize with her, you will drop in her estimation.
Demonstrate some empathy for her aches, pains, nausea and fears or your relationship will be strained.

9. Don't expect her to maintain her pre-pregnancy activity levels.
She tires easily and won't be able to keep up with her normal activities, from her job to anything she might do around the house. You will have more to do, and she will be so grateful when you offer to help without being asked.

10. She has to pee again.

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