There seems to be a strange link between husbands and post-partum depression (PPD). But can husbands suffer from postpartum depression too?
Husbands need support too. That’s right, you read it here.?This is a transitional period for him as well. After all he’s just become a proud papa and how dampening would it be for him to not have anyone to pass out cigars to?
Most times, husbands are forgotten in the wonderful period of a baby’s birth as everyone fusses over the new mother. Beautiful gifts lined up in the hall for mother and baby, congratulatory hampers and flowers all addressed to the new mom, etc can make a new dad feel pretty left out.
He may not have squeezed the child out of him but he did do his part by planting it there successfully.
Letting Daddy in on the Fun
Here are 4 fun and easy ways to include Dad in the process:
1. Responsibility –
Give him nappy duty or if you’re bottle-feeding let him be in charge of one of the night feeds. Many new mothers are quick to dismiss such tasks as saying the new fathers are not cooperative for such things.
However, that’s where the mistake lies. Most new dads will be quick to tell you they are never asked in the first place. Yes ladies, sometimes men just wait to be asked but they appreciate it loads when you do ask rather than just write them off with your beliefs. Make him feel important and proud, even if you have to ask him to do something that he himself should offer doing.
2. Couple Time –
It is important to set aside some time just for you and your husband. Do fun things. Take a walk, engage in meaningless banter and just enjoy the time with him. It doesn’t have to be three or four hours long. Even sharing 15 minutes over a jigsaw puzzle would do wonders for the relationship.