I’ve been pregnant one (and a half) times so far and, with both experiences, I’ve been struck at how much I’ve relied on my partner. Not just for the obvious parts, either. I mean, yes, he played a very important role at conception, but he’s also been a crucial support system at various other stages, too. I’m roughly halfway through my second pregnancy now, and there’s a number of things this pregnant woman wants (and needs) her partner to know.
For the record, I’m not talking about the nitty gritty details and physical side effects I’m dealing with when the bathroom door is closed (some things are better left unsaid, at least for us). I'm talking about things that are significant for me that I don’t always have the opportunity to express to him.
Of course, every relationship (and every pregnancy) is different, so my experiences with my husband may not sound familiar to everyone out there. Still, I hope I’m not alone in that my partner’s been a crucial presence for me (and surely for our son, especially when I’ve been trapped in bed due to fatigue or illness or whatever else is plaguing me that day). Here are a few more specifics things I hope he knows: