Pregnancy can be a strange time for expectant dads. While mums-to-be have clear physical evidence of the great psychological and hormonal changes taking place, dads have nothing physical to show for the changes they are going through. This article also appears on www.bbc.co.uk/parenting/having_a_baby
Once your partner's bump is visible, friends and acquaintances " not to mention complete strangers " will start asking questions about the pregnancy and your future baby.
You may start to feel left out. It's common, especially when you're expecting your first child, to find that nobody asks you how the pregnancy is going and how you are feeling.
You may find that if you start talking about how excited you feel, others will be uncomfortable and leave you feeling you've entered 'female territory'. This needn't be the case.
Expecting a child can raise lots of questions. You, your partner and people important to you could think about the following issues.
You too are going through a momentous experience. Be aware you may have a whole range of new thoughts and feelings when your partner is pregnant. Questions will come up at any time during pregnancy but could be particularly striking during the first trimester. Do I feel ready to become a father? How do I feel about fathering a son/daughter? How will I cope with the financial expectations of a growing family? How do I feel about my partner becoming a mum? Will the baby be all right? Will my partner be all right?
See our feature on Dads: birth, to think ahead about your role in labour.
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