Dads-to-Be Need Prenatal Care Too Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
You don’t need us to tell you that a pregnant woman’s emotions are in overdrive. But a new study from the University of Missouri suggests her partner’s are too -- and that he could use some counseling during the pregnancy as well. In the study, researchers gave moms-to-be and dads-to-be a “psychosocial” assessment that’s typically only given to pregnant women. They found that both expectant parents were experiencing family problems, feeling overwhelmed and going through other pregnancy-related stress issues. The difference was that the men were more likely to categorize those issues as financial stressors, whereas the women were more likely to call them emotional stressors. The guys were also more likely to report having low self-esteem than the moms-to-be were.
“Too often, men are treated as observers of the pregnancy process,” stated ManSoo Yu, assistant professor at the university, in a press release. “Acknowledging and addressing the emotional well-being of men as well as women is recommended. Providing prenatal care for expectant fathers can encourage men to have a proactive role in pregnancy, which will allow for better maternal and infant health outcomes.”
Did your partner seem stressed about your pregnancy? How did you both handle it?
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