Dad on Duty to Nappy Know-all

by | Jun 26, 2024

Congratulations, champion! You’ve just unlocked level one of fatherhood: pregnancy. This isn’t just about your partner; it’s about you, too. You have a crucial role to play as the ultimate pregnancy wingman, a superhero in khaki shorts.

But let’s face it, dads-to-be can sometimes feel like a fish out of water. You might be wondering:

  • Is it creepy to talk to the bump, or should I high-five it? (Spoiler: Bump high-fives are generally frowned upon, but talking is highly encouraged!).
  • How do I navigate the sudden cravings for braai, ice cream, vetkoek, and biltong without feeling like I’ve entered the Twilight Zone? (Hint: be the hero who delivers).
  • What’s the best way to survive endless conversations about birthing positions without your eyes glazing over and your mind elsewhere? (Many dads are genuinely interested, so we’re just kidding. But we also know that because you’re not the one carrying the baby, these conversations can go over your head. Active listening is your friend.

Step 1: Embrace the “Pregnancy Support Specialist” Role

Let’s be real: your partner is growing a tiny human, which is impressive. But guess what? Growing a human can be…well, demanding. Be the best support system ever by:

  • Becoming a master of the back rub: Pregnancy is a full-body workout. Soothing those aches and pains will earn you major brownie points (and maybe even a foot massage in return)—bonus points for mastering the art of the footrest-holding technique during Netflix or Showmax marathons. (Please consult your healthcare provider first if you’re unsure about the massages and foot rubs.
  • Transforming into “Chef Extraordinaire”: Cravings are a wild ride. Be prepared to whip up culinary masterpieces (or at least learn to operate the delivery with the finesse of a seasoned gamer). Bonus points for mastering the art of the mid-winter popsicle run.
  • Becoming a “Pregnancy Research Guru”: Dads, knowledge is power! Learn about different stages of pregnancy, common discomforts, and even birthing options (don’t get too graphic, trust us). Bonus points for learning fun facts to impress your partner, like “Did you know a baby develops fingerprints in the womb?” (See, knowledge can be sexy and reading more about it will actually spark more interest).

Step 2: Master the Art of Emotional Intelligence

Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of emotions. Be there to listen, even if it’s just about the latest episode of their favourite reality show. Sometimes, a shoulder to cry on (or a funny meme or reel to share) is all it takes. Remember, you’re not just a partner; you’re a cheerleader, a therapist, and a personal meme curator rolled into one.

Step 3: Bond with the Bump (Seriously)

You can start building a beautiful bond with your little one before they arrive. Talk to the bump, sing silly songs (even if you’re tone-deaf, babies love the effort, although we can’t speak for mom), read stories – it all contributes to the joy of anticipation! Plus, it’ll make those first coos and gurgles even more special. You might even feel the little one kicking back, giving you a high five from the inside.

Step 4: Don’t Forget About You (Self-Care is Crucial Too!)

Dads, remember to take care of yourself too! Find healthy outlets to manage your stress, whether it’s hitting the gym, hanging with friends, or indulging in a well-deserved nap. A happy dad makes a happy (and less stressed) partner. And you’ll need the energy for all those nappy changes and late-night feeding assistance that are coming your way.

Dads, you’ve got this. Pregnancy is a team effort, and with a bit of humour, support, and maybe a few late-night snack runs, you’ll be a pro in no time.