If you are studying to become an ultrasound technician, you may find yourself in the position to give advice. We will be addressing some of these questions in our blog. You may also be a mother who is pregnant and looking to have some frequently asked questions answered. One question I was asked the other day was; “My husband didn’t talk about the baby before the scan. Now he is overly protective. Is this normal?”
Many fathers do find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that their partner is carrying their baby, and that the baby will eventually be born and bring all the joys, trials, and responsibilities of parenthood. This is all even harder to envisage when they are not physically experiencing the changes that pregnancy brings. They do not feel the symptoms, or the movement that a mother experiences first hand. The Ultrasound scan is often a pivotal point for partners. Suddenly they are face to face with their baby and this can be very exciting. The baby becomes more real at this point. Perhaps your partner is now realizing his responsibilities and affection for the baby, and is showing these feelings by taking care of you. If you are finding his attention to be a little “too much” you might want to discuss other ways that he can feel involved in the process such as; encourage him to attend prenatal checkups, where he can ask questions and listen to the heartbeat, attend birth preparation classes together, spend time at home reading about birth and baby care and share opinions, write a birth plan together, or share practical arrangements like decorating the nursery and choosing baby equipment. Try to embrace his involvement and enthusiasm. It is a great way to strengthen your relationship and prepare for parenthood together.
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