If your partner is pregnant, she’s probably paying extra attention to her health at this important time. But, did you know that your health is also key for baby’s well-being? So, if you’re due for an annual check-up, make an appointment. Your healthcare provider will make sure you’re up to date on vaccines and will screen for health conditions such as obesity, pre-diabetes and high blood pressure. And consider the following healthy steps:
- If you smoke, stop. Infants who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
- If you haven’t seen the dentist in a while, make an appointment. Routine professional dental care for parents may actually have a positive impact on a baby’s health.
- If your diet is in need of an overhaul or you need more physical activity, now is the perfect time. Research shows dad’s weight correlates with childhood obesity.
Once your baby arrives, be patient. It takes about 6 weeks for most women to feel better after giving birth. Be aware that not only women suffer from postpartum depression (PPD); dads do as well. Contact your healthcare provider if you suspect you or your partner is suffering from PPD.