If your partner is pregnant, you may feel a range of emotions. These feelings are valid, and it’s understandable if you are overwhelmed, especially if the pregnancy was unplanned. Know that Helping Hands Pregnancy and Parenting Center supports you during this journey.
There are several things you can do to support your partner during her pregnancy journey. Be sure to take care of yourself in the process.
1. Give Her the Space She Needs
Your partner may feel scared or nervous about your reaction to her pregnancy. Reassure her that you’ll be there during this journey and aren’t going anywhere. Some women, even when they have a loving, stable relationship, worry about abandonment during this time.
She may need space to process the news. Give her the time she needs and reflect on how you can support her. The pregnancy decision is hers, but she may welcome your input.
2. Research Options Together
If you both are willing, you can attend appointments with her to learn more about pregnancy details and options information. She may want your opinion on abortion, adoption, or parenting. Don’t pressure her to make a specific decision, but instead help your partner find the information she needs.
3. Remind Her That You Care
Though a major element of your relationship has changed, it is imperative that your partner feels cared for. Continue doing activities you both enjoy together, such as going to a restaurant or seeing a movie. The normalcy of everyday life can help immensely during this time. Running errands for your partner can also help lighten the mental load.
Loved ones may want to offer advice. If you are uncomfortable with this, politely remind them that this is your relationship and your partner’s pregnancy.
Our Center Can Help You
Helping Hands Pregnancy and Parenting Center is here for you. We provide various free and confidential services, including pregnancy options information, paternity information, parenting classes, and material support. And if your partner has had an abortion and you are struggling emotionally, we can provide help.
Contact us today to learn more about services for men. You matter to us.