First, a note to my readers:
I am often contacted by significant others for advice on how to support their loved ones through Hyperemesis Gravidarum, so as a change of pace, I am taking a step away from medication information and sharing this lighthearted guest post written by Phillip Carr of Youryearlycheckup.com.
A bit about Phillip:
“Phillip used to be the guy who would put off doctor’s appointments, but after a routine checkup revealed he had hyperthyroidism, he makes yearly visits a priority. He created Your Yearly Checkup to not only share his experience, but provide you with useful and informative health articles as well.”
5 EasyWays to Support Your Wife Through a Complicated Pregnancy
by Phillip Carr of Youryearlycheckup.com
You and your wife couldn’t be more excited to welcome your new baby in a few months – but perhaps your wife’s pregnancy has been more difficult than either of you had anticipated. If this is the case, putting in extra effort to support your wife can make things much easier for both of you. For instance, if you need advice to help your wife cope with hyperemesis gravidarum, you can seek guidance from the HG Pharmacist. In the meantime, here are a few other tips for meeting your wife’s needs throughout a challenging pregnancy.
Buy Comfy Maternity Clothes
Simply making sure that your wife feels comfortable can make a big difference in her quality of life. She might not feel up to going shopping right now, but if you find out her sizes in maternity clothes, you can lift her spirits with a few new items. Pick out clothes that would be perfect for lounging around the house. For example, you might want to get her a stretchy pair of leggings, bathrobe, a long nightgown, or a cozy pajama set.
Prior to your wife’s pregnancy, the two of you may have split domestic responsibilities equally. But now, she might be dealing with extreme fatigue, or her doctor may have recommended that she stay on bedrest. If you can keep up with these household tasks on your own, she’ll be able to get the rest she needs. And if you’re too busy to tackle it all on your own, you can enlist your other family members to help out or invest in a cleaning service to come by on a regular basis. This will allow you both to spend more time relaxing together.
Accompany Her to Check-Ups
Pregnant women always have to attend regular check-ups, and you can provide comfort and support for your wife by going to her check-ups with her. Women with complicated pregnancies will need to see their doctor more frequently, and going to these appointments will probably be somewhat stressful for your wife. By keeping her company, you can ease her anxiety.
Keep Her Comfortable
Pregnancy is tough on the body, even without any complications. To make your wife feel more comfortable and help her unwind, you can give her massages. Hello Motherhood recommends using unscented oil and applying gentle pressure to release muscle tension.
Your wife might be dealing with other symptoms that make her feel physically ill, like morning sickness. If this is the case, Motherly recommends simply letting your wife vent sometimes and listening with empathy. You can also help her identify foods that seem to settle her stomach and keep these items stocked in your kitchen.
Treat Her Often
Your wife might spend most of her time at home resting, and if she’s not able to enjoy most of the hobbies that she used to love, she might be feeling quite bored. Going out of your way to surprise her could make her day! If your wife has found specific food or drinks that she can keep down during her pregnancy, surprise her by stocking up on these items so she knows she’ll have these items whenever she needs them. You might also want to bring the fun to her by planning home movie nights or board game nights. Doing something lighthearted can give her a sense of normalcy during a tough time.
Even a healthy pregnancy can have rough patches. If your wife is dealing with pregnancy complications, being there for her when she needs you is crucial. By following these tips, you’ll be able to go above and beyond for your wife throughout her pregnancy.
Has your wife been struggling with nausea and vomiting throughout her pregnancy? Turn to the HG Pharmacist for help. You can book a consultation through our website today.
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