High-risk moms-to-be say: How to get more support from your partner

High-risk moms-to-be say: How to get more support from your partner

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A high-risk pregnancy can be difficult. The discomfort, bedrest, and general anxiety can make the transition to parenthood a challenge, taking a toll on even the strongest relationship. Here are ways high-risk moms-to-be have asked for – and received – more help from their partner.

Communication is key

"I tell him my restrictions and how to help me."

"Very specific communication on my part has been the key to him understanding this difficult pregnancy and the type of support I need. He isn't perfect, but seeing him make such an effort to be such a strong support is special!"
— brigg15

"I have an autoimmune disease, so before we even tried to get pregnant, my hubby knew the risks and challenges. Once we decided to have a baby, he was very supportive and willing to do whatever he could to help. I tell him what I need and if he can't do it, he finds someone who can. It's a team mentality at our house. I don't expect him to know, so communication is huge.
— krickalow

Make specific requests

"I'm on bedrest and not allowed to do anything except shower and see my doctor. So I make a list of all I need done, and after work he does it."
— mrramir

"Ask for what you need and explain why. Before I went on hospital bedrest, I asked my partner to watch videos about pregnancy and explained that even though he couldn't see what was going on from the outside, my inside was going crazy and I was exhausted. My partner was much sweeter about me feeling tired all the time and more helpful. "

— sfdennise

"My partner says he isn't a mind reader, so if I need help to ask him for it."
— Chelseahass

"Don't expect your partner to be a mind reader ladies. There's nothing wrong with being clear and concise."

Involve your doctor

"My partner was at the hospital with me when I was diagnosed with preeclampsia. After the doctors explained the seriousness of the condition to him, he stepped up to help. If he hadn't been there for my diagnosis, I'd still be arguing with him to help me."
— ECelena

"Ask your doctor to give your partner a list of things that you shouldn't do."

"I think it's hard for men to understand even if we specifically tell them what we need, especially if there are no outward visual clues to our ailments. Also, I know my partner doesn't handle medical issues well at all. That said, if my partner hears information from the doctor directly and gets his specific questions answered, he seems to be much more helpful and understanding of my limitations."

Be appreciative

"Most people are happier to step up if they're recognized for helping. I heap loads of praise, do nice things for my partner, and tell him it's because of how wonderful he is."

Where to go next

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