When parents hear that their pregnancies qualify as high-risk, the pressure to be careful can often be overwhelming. Stress and worry can be detrimental to both the mothers and babies, so it is important for fathers to reduce the amount of strain on their partners as much as possible. Here are some guidelines for dads-to-be on dealing with the effects of a high-risk pregnancy:
Get all of the answers to your questions. Make sure you know the reason the pregnancy is risky and the details of these risks. Different situations require different levels of caution and adjustments to be made to the everyday lives of you and your partner.
Find activities you enjoy. Adapt your pre-pregnancy hobbies and habits in accordance with your doctor's orders. It is still important for you and your partner to spend time with each other and relax. Familiar activities are a great way to bring down the stress level. Taking a prenatal class together may also help ease some of your worries.
Discuss your concerns with your partner. Some future fathers try to hide their worries from their partners for fear of adding to her stress, but it is often beneficial for both parents to acknowledge the anxiety that is extremely common during any pregnancy. Trying to “protect” your partner by hiding your fears could make it seem to her that you are less concerned and invested than you really are.
Know the symptoms of complications. Many symptoms can arise in the mother during a high-risk pregnancy, such as excessive vomiting, changes in your baby's movements, fever, or abdominal pain. While you can't feel exactly what is going on in her body, educating yourself about the warning signs can help the two of you to know what is normal and what is concerning.
If you have questions about high-risk pregnancy or maternity care, call Saddleback Memorial Medical Center at (949) 837-4500. We specialize in high-risk maternity and neonatal care in south Orange County. Our experienced staff and team of specialists can help to set your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy this unique time in your life.