Remember the day you got married, when you took the promise to be there for each other through thick and thin? Well, your wife is pregnant and now it is the time to offer her your unconditional support and to fulfill that promise as she is nurturing a human inside her body.
From raging hormones to abrupt physical changes and sudden mood swings- your wife will experience it all. As her husband, she expects you to understand and comfort her during pregnancy with all the support, she needs during this life changing experience. The pregnancy phase has to be shared by both of you in order to learn the art of parenting better, while the wife undergoes through changes- physically and mentally, the husband needs to understand more about pregnancy.
In case you are wondering as to what a pregnant woman wants from her husband then you are at the right place. Let us help you become a good, loving and supportive husband to your pregnant wife.
18 Things A Pregnant Woman Wants From Her Husband
We are listing down 18 simplest, yet really beautiful things that any husband can do to make his pregnant wife feel happy. Follow these religiously to shower lots of love in your wife’s life during the pregnancy period. Also keep in mind that these are the things that the pregnant wives expect from their husbands.
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1. Let her rest
One of the major husband responsibilities during pregnancy is to ensure that the wife gets much needed rest. This translates to you giving her a helping hand in the household chores. Take up those responsibilities (around the house or outside) which create unnecessary burden on her. Understand what household work should be avoided during pregnancy and take charge of that. Remember, peace of mind and physical rest is utmost essential for her.
2. Expand your knowledge regarding pregnancy
You can become a more supportive husband if you expand your knowledge regarding clothes, nutrition, emotional needs during the pregnancy. This knowledge allows you to understand your wife’s needs and requirements better. So do read up blogs, articles, magazines and books associated with pregnancy – and ask your wife how she feels, what she feels to connect with the pregnancy. You are the father of the baby, but a pregnant woman wants you to share her journey of pregnancy as well.
3. Give in to her pregnancy cravings
A phenomenon that you must get used to during the pregnancy is the infamous pregnancy cravings. Your wife will demand some of weirdest combinations of food items. Do not argue against it and just give in. Let her enjoy whatever food she wants to consume and try to include those foods in the list of superfoods for pregnancy.
4. Assist her in baby shopping
The baby is not only hers but also yours. So, shopping for the baby should not be her sole responsibility. A very effective way to show your support during pregnancy to your wife is to assist and advise her in baby shopping.
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5. Plan romantic outings and date nights for her
Apart from resting in the house and doing her daily work, your pregnant wife will also require your time and love. Do not let her get bored ever and keep planning romantic outings and date nights with her. These are good ways to connect with her and keep the fire of love burning in your relationship.
6. Make her feel pretty
What men need to understand during pregnancy is that their wife might not feel that she is pretty and confident. This is definitely due to weight gain and other physical changes that take place in her body. So, it is your responsibility to make her feel pretty and confident again.
Surprise her with gifts and compliment her on a regular basis and don’t be an unsupportive partner during pregnancy as it will have a serious impact on your wife’s mindset and entire pregnancy.
7. Give her relaxing massages
You know what your wife will really appreciate? You sitting down to give her a relaxing massage to soothe her back pain or swollen foot. Massages are what a pregnant woman wants from her husbandand not from some random masseuse. It will be a good time to bond with her and help her get the much-needed rest.
8. Baby proof the house with her
Something that women have on their to-do-list once they are pregnant is to ensure that the house is baby proofed. For this, the husband has to give his inputs and labor most of the time. Clear your schedule accordingly and sit down with your wife to plan out how the house can be made safe for the baby’s arrival.
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9. Acknowledge her emotions
Very true that because of hormonal imbalances your wife will go through a lot of emotional ups and downs. Sometimes she will be extremely happy and sometimes extremely depressed. Take note of her emotions and do not let her experience these extreme emotions alone. Understand that there are a few tried & tested ways to handle emotions during pregnancy.
Husband’s emotional support during pregnancy is all that a woman needs. Do not get agitated with her emotional outburst or irrational behaviour. Instead have patience and understand her.
10. Pay extra attention to her diet
What a pregnant woman wants from her husband is him paying extra attention to her diet. She already has a lot to take care of, so you can help out by making sure she eats and drinks healthy. If possible, keep track of her calorie intake and help her consume a balanced meal every day. She will appreciate this as you will be contributing in keeping her weight and health under control and trust us that both of you don’t want any being overweight complications during pregnancy.
11. Accompany your wife on every doctor visit
A very essential way to show support to your pregnant wife is by accompanying her on every doctor visit. If possible, you schedule the appointments in accordance to your schedule and your wife’s comfort. Never let her visit the doctor all alone especially if there are already complications in the pregnancy.
By just being there with your wife during her prenatal appointments, you will be gaining her respect and love like never before.
12. Make proper preparations for the delivery
The delivery day can become very stressful for the wife who will also be struggling with labor pain. So, what you need to do as a husband is man up during that day. Make proper preparations for the delivery and ensure you have all that your wife will need in the hospital ready by packing her hospital bag with all the essentials. Your pregnant wife needs to know that you are ready to handle everything.
13. Try bonding with the baby
Another one very relevant husband responsibility during pregnancy is to become friends with your baby. Wondering, how can you do that when the baby is not even born yet? It is simple. Touch and feel the belly. Even a back hug in which you hold the belly in a protective way will make wonders work.
Communicating with the belly as if you are talking to your baby will not only be a cute gesture but will also show your emotional support during pregnancy. Keep kissing the belly and even remind your wife how beautiful the growing belly is. This shows that you are involved in the pregnancy.
14. Learn to cope with frequent toilet runs
What men need to understand during pregnancy is that your wife will pee very frequently. So instead of making fun of her you can try to be accommodative. Keep the bathroom free most of the time. If both of you are out and have to make stops at various locations for toilet runs then please understand.
15. Help ease her morning sickness
Morning sickness is perhaps the most irritating thing that a pregnant woman has to suffer from. An important component of husband support during pregnancy is helping ease your wife’s morning sickness which can be easily done by offering her morning sickness snacks. Keep yourself clean and also try out new home remedies to see which one works for your wife.
16. Communicate and plan the life after the baby arrives
It is during the pregnancy that your wife would want to plan out the life after the baby arrives. There are changes that both of your lives will go through after delivery. Do not let her be anxious about it. Communicate with her and address her concerns. It is always helpful to be prepared mentally, physically and financially before the baby arrives home.
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17. Accompany her to prenatal classes
If your wife is going to be a first-time mother then definitely, she will opt for these prenatal classes. All you have to do is attend these with her. The classes will allow both of you to understand each other better. You will also learn how to provide physical and emotional support during pregnancy in these classes.
18. Listen to your pregnant wife
You are her partner and this is the least your pregnant wife can expect from you. Listen to her daily rants and be as understanding as possible. What a pregnant woman wants from her husband is that space in which she feels safe venting out her frustration. So, turn into that good listener without any judgment or advice.
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The responsibility of taking care of the baby is shared by both the parents. In the same manner, once your wife is pregnant taking care of her is also the responsibility which is to be shared by both. Your wife’s pregnancy journey should be filled with happiness and emotional support from your side.
Do not ever underestimate the role you can play to make the pregnancy smooth, easy and beautiful for your wife. Just be there for her and be the pillar on which she can rely on at all times during this roller coaster ride of being pregnant.