Congratulations! Your pregnancy is the beginning of a new life, but not just for your new baby. Your life and your husband’s life will change once you bring a newborn home for the first time. Until that happens though, those nine months are precious, so use every opportunity you have to grow close with your partner and create unique and memorable moments together.
Here are 18 things we believe every woman should do with her partner during pregnancy:
1. Announce your pregnancy together in a creative way
Do a quick Google serach and find many fun ideas on how to let your family know that the family is growing.
2. Enjoy time together
Use every second you can to spend quality time alone as a couple. Then it will not be so easy once the baby comes!
3. Be intimate
If your pregnancy has no complications, it is totally healthy and recommended to continue regularly being intimate with your partner. Dr. Sheryl Ross, OB-GYN, saysit’s “safe to have intercourse as long as you aren’t having any complications related to the pregnancy”.
4. Let him serve you
However independent you are as a woman, let your husband take initiative and help you – some of of your regular tasks will get harder and harder to do once your belly (and ankles and feet) get bigger.
5. Go out for a romantic dinner (and other dates) often
Even if you feel bloated and tired, try to still make regular dates a priority.
6. Spend a weekend in bed
Cancel everything and take a break from the world for a weekend. Sleep in, eat breakfast in bed, watch a few movies with your honey and rest those tired feet.
7. Take weekly photos
Pick a place in your home, and document your pregnancy every week with pictures. For each photo, keep the same background, but keep the focus on the growth of your belly.
8. Make a plaster cast
In baby stores you can find kits to create a 3D mold of your belly; Do this together in the last few weeks so you both have a tactile memory of your pregnancy. It’s more fun than it looks!
10. Follow the weekly size of your baby
It is so exciting to imagine that your baby is growing from the size of a small seed to a small pumpkin in as little as 40 weeks.
11. Prenatal massages
Consult with your doctor about what types of prenatal massages you should receive and let your husband be your therapist.
12. Be spontaneous
Soon your lives will have to follow a routine for the care of your baby. Use these months to enjoy last minute adventures.
13. Take a childbirth class together
Enlist as a couple in prenatal classes. Many hospitals offer free classes for prospective parents. You could also take a tour of your hospital to help you get to know the staff and the layout of where your baby will be born.
14. Keep a prenatal journal together
Write letters to your child or your thoughts while you wait for your baby.
Do not lose the habit of flattering each other. Look for opportunities to let your husband know your thoughts and invite him to do the same.
16. Exercise together
Physical activity is very beneficial for you and your baby as long as you don’t have a high risk pregnancy, but always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen.
17. Read to your baby
Start connecting with your baby by either talking to him or reading favorite childhood books aloud.
18. Pray together
Take time to unite and pray as a family from now on.
_This article has been adapted and translated from the original “18 cosas ÍNTIMAS que TODA mujer debe hacer con su esposo durante el EMBARAZO” which was originally published on familias.com.