My partner and I were on the same page about when to expand our family. Things went according to plan, too, and I got pregnant quickly. I was happy, to be sure, but I was also scared out of my mind. In fact, I was probably more scared than excited. I confided in my husband about how I was feeling, and discovered that he was scared, too. When I asked other dads I know, I learned that pretty much all of them had terrifying thoughts when their partners got pregnant.
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense for non-pregnant people to worry when their partners get pregnant. Anyone who has been there can tell you that pregnancy changes everything. Everything. And there's no way to predict how a pregnancy and a baby will impact your relationship. Plus, it's natural to be afraid that something might happen to your pregnant partner. After all, pregnancy complications are real and people still die in childbirth in 2018. The thought of raising a child is scary enough, without also having to worry about your partner not being there to co-parent with you.
In the end I guess I wasn't that surprised to hear that quite a few of the dads I know had some seriously terrifying thoughts when their partners got pregnant. Those thoughts included their abilities as a parent, about their child-to-be, about their partner, and about the future. So with that in mind, read on for an inside look at some dads' inner-most thoughts about pregnancy and becoming parents. You might want to grab some tissues first, though.