The moment we found out we were having a baby my husband has been ecstatic, and terrified and worried, and so have I. The advantage I have, is getting all the attention. I think sometimes dads are overlooked in the whole pregnancy and childbirth process, which is silly because their lives are about to be changed just as much as the mom’s life but they don’t get the perks of having everyone fawn all over them for nine months before the baby arrives. Which got me thinking about how I can involve my husband in my pregnancy. Here’s what I came up with.
Buy him his own dad book. There are tons of books available to expecting moms but hardly any for expecting dads. With that in mind I found this one for my hubby and he absolutely loves it.
Encourage him to read to the baby. There is evidence to suggest that babies can hear things outside the womb starting at around 18 weeks gestation. But even if they can’t hear what dad is saying it’s nice for him to have some bonding time with baby. There’s a ton of fun and affordable kids books about dads. Like My Dad by Anthony Brown, and Because I’m your dad by Dan Santat and Ahment Zappa, or My hubby’s favorite book to read to our baby is Babushka Baba Yaga by Patricia Polacco
Involve him in doctor’s appointments and ultrasounds. Not only could this make him feel more involved, it may also set his fears aside. Not to mention that it’s fun to see him moving on the ultrasound and hear the heartbeat.
Get a Fetal Heart Monitor. I got this one at the end of my second trimester and I absolutely love it. The only thing I would warn is that early in the pregnancy and sometimes even very late it can be hard to find baby’s heartbeat even if there is nothing wrong.
How else do you involve your husband in your pregnancy?