Being a new Dad comes with loads of responsibilities. You were happy when you first got the news that you were becoming a Dad, but when the child finally arrives, it is not uncommon for both parents to feel a bit overwhelmed. You may also feel an new element of protectiveness towards your child. Suddenly, you feel all the more possessive towards your newborn baby and try to give him or her the best of everything. However, do not forget that you’re not just a new parent, you’re still a husband, partner, and lover. Try to remember that those nights where baby is up, feeling bad all night, and you both begin to get a little edgy. Let’s take a look at how Dad’s can help be the support system a new mother needs and a partner that is one that lasts for life.
- Make relationship a priority
There’s nothing wrong with that sudden rush of protectiveness over the new baby in your life, but in order to see your child grow up with loving parents, it is critical to remember to nourish your relationship as often and as fully as you do your new child. A child can help spouses to come closer to one another, but some of the elements of parenthood can be rather stressful on all roles in the household. After giving birth, your wife needs more attention and love. So, spending more time with her after pregnancy is a must have to enrich the beauty of your relationship more. Sometimes, going out for dates at night can be a good option to keep that relationship warm and healthy.
- Talk to one another
Post-pregnancy is another time of a woman’s life where she can feel some hormonal changes. That can make your wife and partner suddenly seem like a different person. Don’t leave unspoken stress and concerns between you or allow resentments to build. It is always mandatory to communicate in healthy relationships and post-childbirth and with all of the hormonal changes she may be experiencing, now more than ever might be important to apply some extra empathy and sensitivity every chance you get! Making sure she knows she’s still the love of your life and your whole world can be extra important at this time.
- Divide the work
A child is not only your wife’s responsibility, but yours as well. So, you need to divide all the chores of taking care of baby with your partner as often as possible. She should not be the only one to change a diaper or get the baby to sleep. If she appears overly tired or distressed, now might be a great time to take the baby for a soothing car ride or maybe off to get a nap with Daddy!
- Ask about her health
The post-pregnancy period can be a bit of a perilous time hormonally, physically and emotionally. Make sure your partner is making her post-birth check ups and that she is feeling even keeled emotionally. She might not want to add to your stress by sharing the reality of post-birth body issues, but you consistently asking about her health will let her know that she’s still incredibly important to you and that she can tell you anything, about her physical or emotional health, and that can be critically important at this time.