22 truths every new dad should know

From pregnancy sex to the dad bod, guys will wise up to their new parenting gig with our concise guide.

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Unlike mothers, dads can’t rely on maternal instincts nor nourish their newborn by breastfeeding. Nor does it help that guys typically lean towards playing the role of the breadwinner rather than main caregiver. But you don’t need to settle for that fate. You can step up ― be the mate and dad your wife wants you to be by being on top of these pointers!

Pregnancy Advice

1) Chill out, she’s not that fragile.
As men, you’re naturally protective of your wife and knowing that she’s carrying your mini-me might just make you skittish. Show her what a hero can do by insisting on carrying all her shopping to and from the car. But it’s downright cruel to stop her from satisfying her cravings ― unless her doc has put the kibosh on that. Nor would she forgive you for it. Remember, she’s the same rational person who drew you in the first place.

2) She is right...and you know it.
This is especially true when her pregnancy hormones are in charge of her moods. She might be the same sweet person you fell hard for one moment and Ms Bossy Pants the next. Instead of walking around on eggshells, go with her choices ― remember, a stressed-out pregnant woman won’t do the baby any good.

3) She’s tired. Not lazy.
Don’t whine that you’re the one taking the trash out or doing the laundry again. Bearing a child is way tougher than just tossing the trash. Nor is a baby bump a beer gut. She’s actually growing a tiny human beneath her heart, so it’s tiring to carry all that additional weight. Again, remember a stressed out pregnant mum is bad for baby’s health! Just. Do. It.

Because you won’t need to worry about birth control or ovulation, pregnancy intercourse is the most stress-free sex you can both enjoy.

4) Sex is not totally out of the question ― it’s all about timing.
During the first trimester, cut your wife some slack if she’s not quite enthusiastic about having sex with you. She’s got a lot on her mind with morning sickness and the demands of her changing body. Also, second trimester sex is actually much safer than you think. Because you won’t need to worry about birth control or ovulation, pregnancy intercourse is the most stress-free sex you can both enjoy. Try different positions that she’s comfortable with.

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