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Advice for first time dads

Your first pregnancy is a very important event, but some men feel left out. Your partner's attention will be on what's happening inside of her, and she may want you to pay a lot more attention to her needs than usual.

How can I support my partner during pregnancy?

You should give your partner as much support as she needs both mentally and physically.

Attending appointments with her can help put you both at ease and will also involve you more in the pregnancy.

Will I have to have any tests?

You may also be asked to have a blood test to check whether your baby is at risk of an inherited or genetic condition.

Where can I get more advice?

The antenatal clinics are a good place for new fathers to ask any question they may have.
Parent education classes are also held.

Can we still have sex?

There is usually no medical reason to avoid sex, but keep in mind she may be in pain and may not feel comfortable about having sex. If this is the case, try and find other ways of getting close and always talk about it.

How can I help when my partner goes into labour?

Some couples find it helpful to make a birth plan for when the baby is due. This way you know what your partner wants and how you can help her to achieve it.

Don’t forget to pack some things for you when your partner is in labour, like books, magazines, sandwiches etc. Labour can sometimes take a while.

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