Pregnancy is difficult. Growing and carrying a tiny human being is difficult. Dealing with hormonal changes, weight changes, and life changes is difficult. And it can be stressful, not just for your pregnant wife but for your marriage.
9 months is a very long time, especially if you have a big mouth. To get you through this period, here are a few things no man should ever say to his pregnant wife.
#1 – Are you eating again?
Increased appetite is totally normal beginning with the second trimester. Get used to it. Your pregnant wife will be eating more than usual for the next several months. Instead of commenting on her appetite, offer her a bit off your plate.
#2 – You’re always sleeping. I don’t understand how this is making you so tired.
Really, genius? Of course, you don’t understand. How could you possibly understand what it feels like to create another life?
There’s somebody growing inside her. If she says she’s tired, nod sympathetically and offer a foot rub and some food.
#3 – This beer is just what I need.
Pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol and not all of them are happy about this. Don’t make a show of how much you’re enjoying anything that your wife isn’t allowed to have.
#4 – Your stomach kinda freaks me out.
Your wife being pregnant means a whole new level of responsibility so some jitters are to be expected. Your wife is also scared and has to deal with all the changes happening to her body daily. She needs as much support as possible right now. This is one fear you should share with a buddy, not your pregnant wife.
#5 – The house is so messy.
If you feel these words coming out of your mouth, stop yourself. If it bothers you so much, straighten up. Your wife is busy growing a human.
#6 – What are you crying about now?
Cravings for hot sauce, frustration, anxiety, sudden sorrow, hot flashes, and an unending need to pee can make anyone crazy. Add to that raging hormones and now you know why your wife is a hot mess.
Give her a hug and ask her how you can help, if at all.
#7 – Nursery color? Eh, whatever is fine babe.
Whatever is not a color, your wife isn’t asking because you’re an expert interior decorator. She needs your support and partnership. She needs to know you’re as invested as she is. Stare at the seven indistinguishable shades of green and say “ooh” and “ah” as often as necessary.
#8 – It’s 11:30PM. I don’t want to get tacos.
Get up and get the tacos. Get the tacos. Get the tacos.
#9 – Why do we have to keep buying baby stuff?
Shopping makes your wife feel more prepared. If she wants itty bitty hightops, let her get itty bitty hightops.
#10 – Hurry up.
How about you slow down? All pregnant women waddle. Waddling is not fast. Slow it down.
#11 – You’re driving me crazy with your hormones.
Yes, your pregnant wife is driving you crazy. You’ve heard of this phenomenon. It should come as no surprise. The good news is that it’s only temporary. Grin and bear it. She’ll be less hormonal soon enough.
#12 – I couldn’t find strawberry chocolate cake anywhere so I got you strawberries instead.
Never come between a pregnant woman and her cravings. If she wants a pineapple in the middle of winter, find her a pineapple. Repeat for your own safety. Don’t return without exactly what was asked for.
#13 – I’ve flipped through your baby books. I’m good to go.
Do yourself a favor and take the time to read through them. You’ll be glad you did when the baby comes.
#14 – You don’t need me at the doctor’s, right?
No, she doesn’t need you at the doctor’s appointment, but she deserves your support. You’re in this together. It’s never too soon to act like it.
#15 – This is hard for me, too.
Yeah yeah yeah, we know. You’ve had to put up with a lot. Poor you. But you’re not pregnant.
The one thing you should be constantly reiterating to your pregnant wife is how amazing she is. Now get off the couch so she can lie down and go get those tacos!
Got any tips for the expectant dads out there? Please share in the comments section
First published at www.scarymommy.com
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