Navigating Unexpected Pregnancies Together: Advice for Partners

April 6, 2023 | 5 min read

Unplanned pregnancies can often leave both partners feeling overwhelmed, excited, scared – and maybe all of the above. It's perfectly normal to feel a range of emotions in such a big life transition, but no matter how you're feeling during this journey, remember that you don't have to go through it alone.

Navigating an unexpected pregnancy, even if you’re not the one pregnant, takes time, understanding, and patience. In this blog post, we'll cover what you need to know on this road ahead so your relationship can grow and flourish despite any surprises along the way. Let's dive into some tips on navigating unexpected pregnancies together with love and care.

Take a Breath, Don’t Panic

While an unplanned pregnancy can be a lot to process, it's important to remember that you and your partner are in this together. While it can seem overwhelming at first, taking a deep breath and focusing on one step at a time can help to make the situation more manageable. Remind yourself that you and your partner don't have to go through this alone. Allow yourself to take comfort in that so you both feel empowered to take on the unexpected journey ahead.

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When unexpected pregnancy comes up, it's hard not to feel worried and scared. But it's important for men to understand that an unexpected pregnancy doesn't have to be something to stress about. There are many options available for you both, and there's plenty of support out there as well.

No matter what decision you make, take comfort in the fact that you have time to figure out what is best for your relationship and family. Your partner is there with you every step of the way, obviously, so don't feel like you're going through this alone!

Encourage Open Communication

Going through an unplanned pregnancy can be a roller coaster of emotions for any couple. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed or scared, so it is crucial to have an open line of communication with your partner during this time. By checking in with them frequently and expressing genuine care and understanding, you can show them how much you value and support their feelings. 

Ask your partner how they are feeling each day, especially if there has been an unexpected change in hormones or mood. Communicating openly and often will ensure that you both feel seen, heard, and respected throughout the journey of pregnancy.

Open communication between the expectant parents about their thoughts, worries, or concerns is essential for a healthy pregnancy journey. To make your partner feel truly nurtured and cared for, it's important to actively listen when they are speaking and not just wait for them to offer solutions - sometimes, just sharing peace about an unexpected pregnancy can be enough. 

Additionally, checking in with your partner regularly will help ensure that any unexpected feelings don't build up and fester over time. Showing concern, offering support, and understanding will go a long way toward creating an environment where your pregnant partner feels heard and comforted.

Making small talk in conversations or setting aside time to voice any concerns or questions will benefit everyone involved over the course of the unplanned pregnancy. If necessary, you could even consider seeking out professional advice or therapy to help maintain effective communication with each other during this new chapter in life.

Start Looking Ahead

With your pregnant partner by your side, start to look ahead and plan for what comes next. From the rest of the pregnancy journey and birthing experience to considering all of your post-birth options, use this period in your life to get creative and figure out what works best for you both as new parents.

Even as an unexpected event, plan and look forward to the amazing development that comes with watching a family become closer through any surprises arising from pregnancy. Caring for yourself and your partner will ensure that a continuation of love can be felt throughout this unexpected journey.

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Now is the time to start looking ahead with your partner – discussing what the remainder of the pregnancy will look like, making plans for a fulfilling birthing journey, and brainstorming possible scenarios after giving birth. This can be a special time to bond as first-time parents and explore different options together in order to help you and your partner feel more supported and prepared for the new chapter that lies ahead.

Take Care of Yourselves

An unplanned pregnancy can be intimidating, but it's important to remember that both you and your partner have the power to care for yourselves during this time. Make sure that both of you are getting the rest and nourishment you need - eat a balanced, nutritious diet and get plenty of sleep. 

Make sure not to overexert yourself either - take breaks when needed and remember to take time for yourself throughout the journey of an unexpected pregnancy. Taking good care of each other is an incredibly important part of nurturing your unborn baby – so do whatever it takes to ensure both your and your partner’s well-being in this unexpected time.

Taking good care of yourself will also benefit your partner, who may be overwhelmed by the unexpected change in their life. Showing understanding, patience, and tenderness towards each other during this moment in life will build a strong foundation for any couple and bring you and your partner together as you navigate an unexpected pregnancy.

An unplanned pregnancy can be incredibly overwhelming. It may feel like you have nowhere to turn and that there is no one who understands.It may feel like you have nowhere to turn and that there is no one who understands. But with support, understanding, and care—both for yourselves and the unborn child—you can make anything possible. When facing an unexpected pregnancy, it is important to take your time deciding what’s right for you without rushing into a decision.

Finding support during such a vulnerable phase in life is key; thankfully, NCHS offers services at no cost to give you reliable information about each available option. See how NCHS can help –and gain support yourself – today.

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