Though men aren't the primary breadwinners they once were, there's still a lingering sense that a man isn't "stepping up" if he can't provide for ... more
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Though men aren't the primary breadwinners they once were, there's still a lingering sense that a man isn't "stepping up" if he can't provide for his family: If she's carrying the baby, he can at least pay the bills! While the solution to stable finances is never a simple one, dropping unrealistic expectations can certainly help minimize excessive anxiety. All parents figure out a way to make ends meet. That's what parenthood is all about: facing challenges and rising to the occasion.
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What if we don't make it to the hospital on time? What if we never have fun again? What if I drop the baby? These are a few of the totally understandable fears men can experience on the cusp of fatherhood. During pregnancy it's normal for men to be a little anxious about something. And it's important to address those concerns, just as we support and reassure pregnant women about what they are going through. When researching the pregnancy and baby book I co-authored, From the Hips, we surveyed hundreds of expectant parents and gained valuable insight into the worries of both women and men. Since then, I've been working with expectant couples in childbirth classes. Here are 7 common fears guys have during pregnancy - and a few ideas for how to cope with them. - By Ceridwen Morris