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Navigating Pregnancy Together: How to Support a Pregnant Woman

Emily Turinas

2 min read

May 27



Pregnancy can impact a relationship in various ways, from deepening emotional bonds to introducing new challenges. Hormonal and physical changes, stress, and shifting roles can affect communication and intimacy. Effective communication, mutual support, and shared decision-making are key to navigating these changes and strengthening the relationship.

How to support a pregnant woman

So How Do You Support a Pregnant Woman? Here Are My Top 10 Tips as a Postpartum Psychologist:

  1. Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery. Understanding the physical and emotional changes your partner is experiencing will help you offer more effective support. Attend prenatal appointments, childbirth education classes, and read reputable resources together.

  2. Be Present: One of the most important ways you can support your partner is by being present and attentive. Listen to her concerns, fears, and joys without judgment. Offer your presence and companionship, especially during challenging moments.

  3. Share Responsibilities: Help alleviate the physical and emotional burden on your partner by sharing household responsibilities. Take on tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and running errands to allow her more time to rest and focus on self-care.

  4. Offer Emotional Support: Pregnancy and postpartum can bring about a rollercoaster of emotions for your partner. Be a supportive listener and validate her feelings. Offer words of encouragement, reassurance, and empathy.

  5. Attend Appointments and Classes: Accompany your partner to prenatal appointments, ultrasounds, and childbirth education classes whenever possible. Your presence will provide her with additional support and strengthen your bond as a couple.

  6. Assist with Birth Preparation: Help your partner prepare for childbirth by practicing relaxation techniques, attending birthing classes, and creating a birth plan together. Be her advocate during labor and delivery, ensuring her preferences are communicated to healthcare providers.

  7. Be Flexible and Patient: Understand that pregnancy and postpartum are unpredictable and may not go as planned. Be flexible and patient with your partner as she navigates the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth and early motherhood.

  8. Encourage Self-Care: Encourage your partner to prioritize self-care during pregnancy and postpartum. Offer to take over childcare duties while she takes a nap, enjoys a hot bath, or engages in activities that bring her joy and relaxation.

  9. Seek Support Together: Don't hesitate to seek support from friends, family, or professionals if you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure how to best support your partner. Joining a support group for partners or attending couples counseling can provide valuable guidance and validation.

  10. Celebrate Milestones: Celebrate each milestone of pregnancy and parenthood together. Whether it's feeling the baby kick for the first time or celebrating your baby's first smile, cherish these moments and acknowledge the journey you're embarking on as a family.

If you are interested in gaining professional support during your postpartum journey, see if Emily Turinas PhD is a good fit for you. She is a perinatal psychologist who specializes in therapy for new and soon-to-be moms & dads in Austin, Texas & Denver, Colorado. Schedule a free consultation today to see how Dr. Turinas could help you build clarity and direction in the chaos of parenthood.

Emily Turinas

2 min read

May 27





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