...[S]ome fathers are lost in what is still largely a woman's shuffle and end up feeling forgotten, left out -- even jealous of their wives. -- Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, and Sandee E. Hathaway
Today, many expectant partners are fully involved in pregnancy. Some couples even use the phrase We're pregnant! to announce the good news.
But regardless of your partner's level of involvement, your friends and relatives may focus their congratulations and attention to you. This can make your partner feel irrelevant. It's common for expectant partners to feel overlooked in all the hoopla surrounding pregnant women.
Your partner deserves to be acknowledged. Encourage your partner to offer opinions, accompany you to prenatal appointments, and express feelings, hopes, and dreams. Set an example for others by honoring the importance of your partner's role. You're not the only one expecting this baby!
Affirmation: I'll treat my partner with respect.