Posts Tagged ‘father’

Partnering with the future dad

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

pregnant-coupleBecoming a dad can be exciting and confusing.  Both of you will be going through new territory when you’re pregnant.  Ask your partner to go with you to your prenatal care visits when the time comes.  It will help him learn a lot and will help the two of you, and your health care provider, become a strong team.

If he seems a bit shy about this, let him know that during the prenatal visit at the end of the first trimester, he will be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat.  Way cool!  During the second trimester, you probably will have an ultrasound test to take a look at the baby.  You’ll both be able to see your baby’s head, arms, hands, legs and feet.  Hello in there!  You might even find out the sex of the baby if you want to. In the third trimester, he will be able to help formulate a plan with you and your health care provider about the best way he can help during labor and delivery.

Talk about it now.  Get him involved from the get go.

Getting (him) healthy before pregnancy

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

 While it’s true you’re the one who gives birth, the father will be the most important man in your baby’s life. Don’t forget to help Dad get healthy, too! To improve your chances of getting pregnant, it’s important for your partner to take care of himself, exercise, eat right and stop smoking, drinking or taking illegal drugs.

Men, pregnancy and the biological clock

Monday, July 7th, 2008

According to the BBC, a new study from France provides further evidence that it’s harder for a man to make a woman pregnant as he gets older.  Researchers found that the chance of a successful pregnancy declined after a man turned 35.  Other studies have found that 40 is the age at which fertility begins to be much lower for men.

To learn more about how you and your partner can get ready for a healthy pregnancy, see Before You’re Pregnant on the March of Dimes Web site.