There are lots of things an involved partner should know: How mom-to-be is feeling, the route to the hospital, how to give a massage …
One of the most important issues right now is one you probably didn't think much about before: preterm labor. Especially if you're in a high-risk group, it's important to know the signs of early labor since there are ways to stop it -- especially if you get immediate medical help. The thing is, the pregnant lady can sometimes be a bit distracted, and with all the crazy stuff going on inside her, she may not notice if things get just a little bit crazier.
So partners should also be versed in preterm labor signs as a back-up. Be wary if your lady tells you she's experiencing:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic cramping (like a period)
- Decreased fetal activity
- Flulike symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, etc.)
If you're aware of any of these symptoms, call your doctor or get to the hospital as soon as possible.
For further information on preterm labor, see the Mayo Clinic's Web site on preterm labor.
Now, on to some far more pleasant bits of info…