5 Tips on How to Support Your Pregnant Partner

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Even if your partner is the one who’s pregnant, you’re likely wondering how you’ll both move forward. Perhaps this was an unexpected pregnancy, and you’re unsure how to support her.

The good news is there are ways to help your partner during this time, and you don’t have to figure things out alone. Liberty Women’s Clinic can support you and your partner with an unexpected pregnancy.

1. Acknowledge the Situation

Your partner is going through a challenging time, and she may be frightened or nervous about the situation. It’s best to validate her feelings.

Recognize that an unexpected pregnancy is challenging, but you’re here to listen to her and help. She needs to know you will be present and involved.

2. Ask How You Can Help

Perhaps your partner has clear ideas of how you can support her (i.e., attending an ultrasound appointment, helping with groceries or household chores), or she may need more time.

Remind her that you’re in her corner. You can ask her how you can be supportive, and if she is unsure, reiterate that she can reach out when she’s ready.

3. Review Options With Her

There’s much to consider with an unexpected pregnancy. Your partner may already be thinking of a particular option, or she might be unsure.

Regardless, you can help her weigh the options. As her partner, you can’t make the pregnancy decision for her, but you can provide a reassuring presence and offer guidance if requested.

When your partner schedules a free and confidential consultation with a nurse at our clinic, she can discuss her options. We also provide support for men so you can learn about abortion, making an adoption plan, and parenting as well.

4. Be There For Her

Your partner may make the pregnancy decision herself, or she may want your input. Try to consider her point of view and listen to her explanation.

Remember that you may participate in the decision-making process, but this does not mean you should pressure your partner to select a specific option.

Forcing her to choose abortion, for example, is illegal. You may be anxious or fearful, but you can express your opinions without coercion.

5. Take Care of Yourself

You can’t support your pregnant partner when you aren’t caring for yourself. Make sure you’re processing your feelings about her pregnancy and reaching out for help.

Speaking with loved ones and taking time for yourself will help you manage stress during this time. It will enable you to support your partner in a healthier way.

Free, Confidential Consultations

At Liberty Women’s Clinic, your partner can visit our clinic for a free and confidential nurse consultation. She can receive a free pregnancy test, and if it’s positive, she can speak with the nurse about her eligibility for a free limited ultrasound.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning about our support for men. We’re here for you, too.

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This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.

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