Pregnancy – What to Expect When Your Wife Is Pregnant
Getting the News
Congratulations! You are going to be a Father! For some this news is more exciting than for others.
When I got the news for the first time that my wife was pregnant, I was excited and scared all at the same time. I had no idea what to expect. I soon found out. Now as a Father of three children, I have a better idea of what is coming. Allow me to share some of what is coming your way.
The Wonderful World of Pregnancy
Whatever you think you know about your wife… forget it. She is about to transform into someone you have never seen before. Call it hormones if you want, but things are going to be different around your house in a very short time.
Not every woman responds the same way to pregnancy. (That is except for the growing larger part.) Some women absolutely love being pregnant. Others cannot stand it and are miserable the entire time. If this is your wife’s first pregnancy, you will just have to wait to find out which type she is.
Possible Side Effects
Again, not all women experience the same symptom while pregnant, but look out for these things:
Strange cravings. (These may be strange in their content or their amount. Some women have a voracious appetite for a specific food while they are pregnant.)
Lack of desire for a certain food. (For one of her pregnancies my wife hated pizza for 9 months. For another she couldn’t stand fried foods.)
Massive mood swings (More than normal.)
Bursts of energy.
Discontent with her physical appearance. (Come on, she is growing a watermelon in her stomach. You wouldn’t be happy about it either.)
There will be others, but this give you an idea.
What You Can Do
There is really not much you will be able to do to help her other than offer understanding. Still, you can try. Here is a list of some things you can do:
Offer sympathy. (Beware; this may backfire)
Avoid pointing out how “big” she is getting.
Adjust your eating habits to accommodate her cravings if possible.
Don’t take her mood swings personally.
Stay out of the way, while letting her know you are available if she needs you.
Offer emotional support.
Reaffirm her beauty, but don’t overdo it.
This will be the greatest time in your life. Your wife is carrying your child! All of the experiences will help you grow closer together, and at the end of it, you will have a beautiful child to hold in your arms. Good luck!