The whole pregnancy and birth process can affect women in different ways, especially if it is a woman’s first child. The woman’s partner is also affected by the pregnancy and birth and it is important to ensure that he is also able to be involved as much as possible. Nowadays it is far more common that men are actively involved in their partner’s pregnancy and with the birth itself.
During the first stages of the pregnancy and birth process, both partners will experience a range of emotions, especially if the pregnancy was not planned. The woman may be overwhelmed by the prospect of the impending pregnancy and birth. She is likely to be extremely happy, to begin with, but then the reality of the pregnancy and birth will probably lead to anxieties. Stress in the mother can affect the baby during the entire pregnancy and birth process and it is important that the woman can learn relaxation techniques to help her cope. This is one of the essential roles that the woman’s partner can help with during the pregnancy and birth.
Antenatal classes are a good source of information for relaxation techniques and exercises that a woman can use during her pregnancy, labor, and birth. The partner can help the mother-to-be to work on these throughout the pregnancy and birth. He can be a huge source of support and offer encouragement at any stage of the pregnancy and birth that the woman is suffering from anxiety or discomfort. It is important that the partner knows the correct techniques that the woman can use and is able to guide her when she is feeling anxiety about the pregnancy and birth.
The labor stage of the pregnancy and birth is undoubtedly the most stressful and painful for the woman. Her partner may not appreciate what she is going through but can provide comfort and support. Massages and other soothing techniques can be essential for a woman to be able to deal with the pregnancy and birth. Of course, the more involved that a partner is in the whole pregnancy and birth process, the better. There is evidence that a partner finds it easier to bond with the baby if he has been involved more during the various pregnancy and birth stages and many men who have not taken an active role actually regret it after the baby has been born.