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Dad's Manual

Dad’s Manual

Dads don’t gain any baby weight, but they sure pull a lot of weight during your pregnancy. Even though Dad doesn’t actually carry your child throughout the nine months of pregnancy, he can still provide support and comfort every step of the way.

Listen to her.  And talk back. Your partner will experience a lot of changes with her body as the baby develops and grows. She’s also likely to experience anxieties during her pregnancy. Listen to her to help her feel at ease. Go to doctor appointments and checkups together. Be patient and support her. 

Help with daily chores. During her pregnancy, moms will have less energy than usual. As each trimester carries her pregnancy closer to her due date, it’s important for moms to get rest. Additionally, Mom's growing baby bump will make it harder to perform daily chores, so take it upon yourself to run errands and help around the house.

Support breastfeeding. It’s important that dads become involved in breastfeeding. Research has shown that a father’s support is one of the most important factors in breastfeeding success. It’s new for Mom just as much as it is for Dad, so it’s key to be supportive during this new experience. Going to a breastfeeding class together will help you learn the basics. Learn the healthy model of breastfeeding, such as maintaining good posture, being sober, not smoking and getting plenty of rest. Finally bringing Mom a glass of water and the baby to feed are all ways to help your partner and give overall emotional support to let her know she’s not alone.

Get vaccinated. It is important for all new dads to make sure they are up-to-date on their routine vaccinations, especially the Tdap (whooping cough) and flu vaccines. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, so it’s important that men get the flu vaccine every year.