Robert Nickell is the founder and CEO of Daddy & Company, the creator of DaddyScrubs, and a well-known syndicated columnist for national newspapers, parenting magazines and websites. He is also the Executive Producer and host of “My Life As A Dad,” and a very proud dad to children Austin, Paige, Hayden, Kennady, Lincoln, Carter, and Tessa.
A Pampered Pregnancy
By Robert Nickell I RPh
When your wife, partner, or a close friend is pregnant, one of your duties is to pamper her by making her feel extra special whenever you can – after all, she’s the one doing the hard work of growing the baby who you will no doubt fall head-over-heels in love with very soon! Don’t get me wrong, pampering the pregnant lady in your life doesn’t necessarily mean expensive spa days and outings. I’ve put together a simple list of ideas that will make your mom-to-be feel indulged without breaking the bank.
It’s the Little Things: This rule doesn’t change during pregnancy. I suggest telling your mom-to-be that she looks beautiful as often as you can, take pictures of her progress, and buy or make small thoughtful gifts like toys for the baby, pregnancy books, and comfortable clothes – she’ll probably be happiest living in sweats for the last few months of her pregnancy! If the mom-to-be is your wife, girlfriend, or partner, she’d probably appreciate a back rub or a foot rub once in a while, too. All of these seemingly small things add up and will help your expecting mama feel special, treasured and loved, so she has more time to focus on being healthy and preparing for the baby.
Nights Out: A newborn can seriously change your social schedule, so if your significant other is expecting, try to prepare a special night to share with her every week. Visit a favorite restaurant, cook a meal you know she’ll love, or order in if your culinaryskills are lacking! Spending time together as a couple and keeping date nights in your routine will keep your relationship strong throughout pregnancy and beyond. If the mom-to-be is a friend, don’t assume she’s not interested in attending your next wild night out – virgin ‘mocktails’ can taste just as good as the real thing, and knowing her friends are still there for her through this major transition will mean the world to the mom-to-be.
Do Your Chores: A pregnant womanwill happily take any help she can get with keeping house, folding laundry, or sweeping the floor. If you’re the significant other, expect to put in more time around the house. If you’re a friend, dropping a bag of groceries or a favorite take-out lunch on the doorstep is always a winner!
Communicate: One of the most important things you can do to make the mother-to-be in your life feel special and know you care is to communicate. Make time to listen to her thoughts, concerns, excitements and more. Doing this will help you feel more connected to the pregnancy and help her feel like she has a strong support team standing by her side during the life changing journey that is pregnancy. It may seem like a lot, but remember that between pregnancy and caring for a newborn are some of the most trying times for any woman – there’s plenty to celebrate, but there are challenges too.