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Advice For Partners – Pregnancy and Labour

Dear Partners

Here is a section designed to help you understand exactly what is going on in your partner’s body and mind during her pregnancy.  We do hope that this will help you to dodge a few bullets over the next few months as you will be forewarned about possible mood swings, aches and pains as the pregnancy progresses.

You will be well informed when the big day arrives and armed with useful tips and information to make sure you are doing the right thing at the right time!  If your partner is having a natural birth, we will talk you through what you can expect at each stage and how you can help not only her, but also yourself, to feel as calm and confident as possible.

If your partner is having a Caesarean Section, we will tell you where to stand, what to expect and if you are squeamish, what not to look at and what NOT to say!

What NOT to say during a Caesarean Section

Fathers can often feel left out during this whole experience, so hopefully these sections will help you to understand what is going on during this time and help you feel involved.

Pregnancy can feel like a very strange episode in your life and women react to this episode in all kinds of ways.  For many women it is a time of joy and excitement.  Your partner may feel brilliant, look fantastic and fly through her pregnancy without a hitch.  She may take every ache or twinge in her stride and apart from her growing tummy you may not even notice she is pregnant!

OR, she may feel bloated, nauseous, aching, grumpy, paranoid and generally very fed up!

This time can be tricky for some couples so hopefully these notes may help you navigate your way through and make it a positive experience!

But listen…

Every time you think your wife/partner is being grumpy or moaning about being tired or uncomfortable, just remember she IS tired and she IS uncomfortable, as would you be if you had a baby growing inside you and you felt like your intestines and lungs were being pushed up towards your neck to make room for it!  Being tired and uncomfortable will make her grumpy and it’s only natural that the person closest to her will be on the receiving end of any displays of disgruntlement!

Even before you can see an obvious baby bump, or before she or you can feel the baby move, she will be feeling changes that may upset or worry her.

Read about what you can expect during her first few months of pregnancy.

And what you can expect during her last few months of pregnancy.

What can you do to help during Labour? Everything you need to know is right here!

And finally, The Birth, and what you can expect.

But if you can’t be bothered to read all this, then just sign up for our Online Antenatal Course and swot up via a series of short videos you can watch at your leisure! It’s only £39 and she will be love you for it!


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