Being an expectant father is exciting. But it also can be challenging. It calls for men to take on new roles, but keep everything in balance at work and at home. Even before birth, the baby can seem a bit like an intruder in a couple’s relationship. And it’s not uncommon for a give-and-take relationship to become unbalanced. This can happen when the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy take their toll. Some men feel resentful or frustrated, and then feel guilty about having those negative feelings. These are normal emotions. It may help to share them with others who have “been there.” You’ll be surprised to learn that your feelings are pretty common. You’ll find yourself gradually adapting to the “dad” role.
Another surprise for some men is actually having some of the same physical discomforts that their partner has. These “sympathetic” pregnancy feelings are officially known as couvade syndrome. They can include morning sickness and weight gain. And just like with their partner, the symptoms go away when the baby is born!
One of the common concerns for men is sex during pregnancy. Fortunately, having sex during pregnancy isn't harmful. The only time it isn’t advised is when there are complications such as preterm labor. The baby is tucked safely inside the uterus. He or she is protected by a cushion of fluid within the amniotic sac. Because sex can sometimes be uncomfortable for a pregnant woman, patience and some creative intimacy can help.