Opinion: How to treat a woman during pregnancy

Pregnancy is usually a time of excitement. But sometimes, pregnant women and their partners may feel like they’re expecting a bundle of anxiety along with the joy. They have a long list of to-dos. They have to cope with the changes and unknowns that come with pregnancy and birth.

When both partners support each other, they strengthen their bond and their sense of teamwork.

A partner’s support is especially important for the mom and baby during this busy time.

1). Encourage and reassure her.

2). Ask her what she needs from you.

3). Try to eat healthy foods, which can help her eat well.

4). Show affection. Hold hands ad give hugs.

5). Help her make changes to her lifestyle. You may decide to give up alcohol and coffee, or cut back, since she can’t drink alcohol and may cut back on caffeine. This can be a good time to make some lifestyle changes that you’ve been thinking about.

6). Encourage her to take breaks and naps.

7). Some women may want less sex. They may be tired and uncomfortable as they get bigger. They may feel self-conscious about how their body is changing. But other women may want more sex at certain times of their pregnancy. Talk to your partner about how she is feeling, and be open to changes in how you express intimacy.

8). Take walks together. It gives you exercise and time to talk.

9). Hormones during pregnancy can change a woman’s energy level and need for sleep.

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