Preparing for Fatherhood

September 17, 2020

Preparing for Fatherhood
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The moment you receive news that you are going to become a father is a life-transforming moment in your life. Pregnancy and childbirth are no longer the sole bastions of women and the role of a father is being redefined everyday. Being a hands-on father is not only much appreciated, it is also extremely rewarding. Just as women have to learn to become mothers, men too have to learn to become fathers. If you are about to become a proud father, here are ways to help you become a worthy one.

  1. Change your lifestyle

Your bachelor days and ways may have suited you and your wife, but they may not be healthy for your baby. Quit smoking as even secondary smoke is harmful to your baby, before and after birth. Limit intake of alcohol as it improves your mental, physical and emotional health. Curtail your partying as you need to be grounded and available 24×7 for your family. While all this may sound extremely limiting, you will realise their importance when you are able to actively contribute towards your baby’s welfare.

  1. Participate in the pregnancy

Choose the best perinatal centre and accompany your wife on her prenatal check-ups whenever you can. Seeing your baby and hearing the heartbeat for the first time is truly magical. Do not miss it. Take part in childbirth classes, learn massage techniques to offer relief. Store important contact numbers in your mobile and find the fastest route to the hospital. Set up a support system of close friends and family you can call for assistance in case you need help.

  1. Share the workload

If you have never done any house work, now is the time to start. There may be days when your wife feels low and is unable to accomplish much. Pitch in and share her workload. Cook nutritious food for her, increase the time you spend with her, find little things that bring her joy and do them. Ensure that she eats, sleeps and exercises well. Baby proof your home so that you will bring your baby into a safe place.

  1. Learn to care for your baby

Becoming a father may be intimidating, but there is help. Attend antenatal classes with your wife. Learn to carry the baby in the correct manner. Learn to change diapers. You can bond with our baby in many ways. Looking at your baby, talking or singing to him/her, burping him/her are just some of them. Learn them. Plan for your baby’s immediate and long-term future.

Your baby will be the apple of your eye and you will be the centre of your baby’s universe. Live up to your baby’s expectation by being there for him/her. It will be worth it.

If you require any assistance, have doubts or anxieties during pregnancy, contact Rela Institute. We will help you through your pregnancy and childbirth.

Disclaimer: We recommend consulting a Doctor before taking any action based on the above shared information.



Dr. Naresh Shanmugam

Dr. Naresh Shanmugam

MBBS, DCH, DNB(Paed), FRCPCH, Dip. In Nutri Medicine (UK),CCT (UK),CSST (UK)

Director- Women and Child Health & Senior Consultant- Paediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology

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