PLEASANTLY SURPRISING-MEN EXPERIENCE PRE-NATAL JITTERS
Parenthood is complete only if husbands too participate in their wives' pregnancy. Gone are the days when only parents used to accompany their daughters to clinics for regular check-ups. Now, husbands accompany their with a sense of responsibility.
It is a known fact that a woman undergoes several physical and mental changes during her pregnancy. Nature is partial in so far as only women bear the physical pain of conception. So to watch the new trend of husbands being very supportive to their wives during pregnancy is comforting.
According to psychologists, though men are very concerned about their wives pregnancy they are unable to cope with the strain. The common complaints are:
Husbands find it difficult to balance both personal and professional lives.
A nagging fear prevails that the nausea and morning sickness might affect the baby.
The neutral family set-up creates stress due to over-mounting of household work.
A constant feeling of guilt that enough time was not being spent with wives.
All the above factors adversely affect the husbands' health. Pre-natal classes are the best solution to all the problems faced by the couple. These classes provide an opportunity for an interaction with other parents-to-be which would in turn be helpful to learn the do's and don'ts of pregnancy. Also counselling is given to stressed fathers to help alleviate fear factor.
Generally such classes are held only during weekends making it convenient for the couples.
But all said and done, one shoudl not forget the fact that both husband and wife are anxious during pregnancy and both should understand each other well in order to really experience a joyful pregnancy.