Planning for a baby is stressful. Besides the physical, mental, and emotional toll of pregnancy, preparing for a new little one can be overwhelming for even the closest of partners. While you may be in full-on nesting mode, your partner might be at a loss as to how to handle the impending dynamic changes. Here are a few tips for sharing the high points of your pregnancy experience with your partner.
Couples Who Shop Together Stay Together
Does your partner absolutely love basketball? Decide together to invest in some new baby Lakers clothes. Is your all-time favorite animal a llama? Take a trip to the nearest toy store to buy a stuffed animal for nursery decor. The items you purchase for your newest family member don’t have to be expensive, but taking into account each partner’s interests and ideas can help you bond over your excitement and blow off some steam. Besides, you might even learn something new about each other while creating the ultimate baby registry.
When in Doubt, Communicate!
With a dramatic life change fast approaching, it can be easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of what-ifs. While doctors, midwives, and even mothers are great resources for calming your anxieties around a new baby, it’s important to remember not to leave out the person who’s actually going to be there with you for the 2 a.m. diaper blowouts and late-night feedings. Communicating with your partner about concerns and doubts you have about parenthood can not only help you realize that you’re not alone but can also help your partner feel more involved.
Plan a Babymoon
While a relatively new concept, many modern couples decide to plan one last vacation to spend time together before a baby comes. A babymoon might be just the thing that helps to relieve stress and help you to reconnect with your partner. Just make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen, and follow any travel recommendations from your OB! If you’re not able to travel far, take at least a day to spend together without putting the focus on the coming baby. Taking a break from the stress of baby-preparedness efforts can do a world of good in giving your partner some much-needed undivided attention.
Pregnancy can definitely be a curveball in your family life. By including your partner in the fun parts of preparing and not just the midnight ice cream runs, you can strengthen your relationship and be ready to tackle the challenge of parenthood in the best way – together.