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Fathers

Brothers For Life is about brothers who take responsibility and support their pregnant partner. This brochure will help you and your partner through the challenges af pregnancy.

Plan together

You and your partner should talk openly about your relationship and whether you are both ready to have a child or more children. Planning together ensures that both, you and your partner are emotionally and financially ready for parenthood. Talk with your partner about what you both want for your baby. Save some money each month. It will make it easier once the baby arrives. You may want to test together for H IV so that you can make decisions to ensure that your baby is born HIV-negative.

Visit the Clinic

Visit The Antenatal Clinic Together As Soon As Possible.

If you and your partner suspect that she is pregnant, visit the antenatal clinic as soon as possible. Antenatal clinics will help to answer the questions you and your partner may have about the pregnancy. If you and your partner have not tested for HIV, this is a good time to test together. Attending antenatal cl with your partner will give you practical tips to help prepare you for the pregnancy and delivery.

Sex during pregnancy

Monitor Your Baby's Health And Progress Together

Visiting an antenatal clinic together will help you and your partner monitor your baby's progress together. During the second trimester (4 * 8 months) of pregnancy, your partner may have an ultrasound. This allows you to see the baby's head, arms, hands, legs and feet. You may even find out the sex of the baby. During the third trimester (J * 9 months) of pregnancy, ask how you can help during the delivery.

Monitor your baby's health

Monitor Your Baby's Health And Progress Together

Visiting an antenatal clinic together will help you and your partner monitor your baby's progress together. During the second trimester (4 * 8 months) of pregnancy, your partner may have an ultrasound. This allows you to see the baby's head, arms, hands, legs and feet. You may even find out the sex of the baby. During the third trimester (J * 9 months) of pregnancy, ask how you can help during the delivery.

Caring for your baby

Learn How To Bathe, Feed, Change Nappies, Hold, And Comfort A Baby

All of these activities will build a father's oonfidence and enhance bonding with the child.

Caring For Your Baby

Babies must be taken to the clinic whenever they are sick and should receive all their immunisations according to the instructions from the clinic sister/nurse.

Help Her To Care For The Baby

Sharing the load can make it easier for you and your partner to care for your beby. Once you have practiced how to change nappies, feed and comfort the baby, help your partner so that she too can get some rest.

Healthy Lifestyle

A Healthy Lifestyle Ensures A Healthy Baby

If you live a healthy lifestyle, you will make it easier for your partner. A healthy lifestyle means eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, going for regular check-ups and reducing stress levels. A balanced diet includes eating food such as fresh fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and potatoes, dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese and protein such as meat that has a little fat and fresh fish. Drink lots of water as this prevents tiredness and headaches and helps with bladder and kidney health.

Let Her Rest

Be sure your partner gets enough rest. Help with the household chores. Encourage her to use relaxation exercises and join in.

Exercise Together

Light exercises boost circulation and strengthen the immune system. Walking is ideal and provides time together.

Avoid Alcohol

If you stay away from alcohol, this will help her stay away as well. Alcohol can cause birth defects. Rather drink juice or milk.

Avoid Stress

Understand the different changes you and your partner are going through as you prepare for parenthood. Stress can be very harmful to both mother and baby. Talk out differences in a supportive way.

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