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Fathers & Partners

Expectant Fathers/Partners have a primary role in a healthy pregnancy. Their support is critical, especially when there is a risk for the baby to be born too soon.  Below are just a few of the many ways you help make sure the baby is born healthy and strong. 

Your Health

Quit Smoking


A birthing individual exposed to second-hand smoke is 20 percent more likely to give birth to a low birthweight baby. Second hand cigarette smoke can cause early death and disease among children.  

For support on how to quit or cut back, click here


Substance Use 

Seek to end substance use and do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol. 


Treat Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) 

If a birthing individual is infected with an STD she and her baby face serious risks. Some could be life-threatening.  Get screened and treated for STD. Be careful and take steps to prevent the spread of STDs. 


Offer Support  

Encourage your partner to eat healthy, stay physically active and practice self-care. Be a role model. Do the same yourself. Better still, do them together.   

Encourage your partner to get the medical care they need and to follow her treatment plan(s).  

You Need Self-Care Too!

Your Health

A partner’s health is as important as a pregnant individual’s own health. Don’t forget to take care of yourself! It’s important to prioritize your health while supporting your pregnant partner. You may not have the growing belly, but you do need take care of yourself. Below are wellness ideas for your incredible journey to parenthood.

Supportive Friend

If you often feel depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, ask a healthcare provider for help in managing these emotions.     

Office Work

If you are working, plan ahead to help you and your employer prepare for your time away from work.  

Support Group

Becoming a parent can be overwhelming. Many feel just the way you do. You are not alone. Asking for help is okay and smart.   


Try to figure out what makes you stressed. and talk to someone about it- your partner, a friend, a family member, or your health care provider.   


Don’t hesitate to seek help when you need it. Ask your partner, family, or friends.  Build a support network of people you trust. And accept help when offered. 

Man with Headphones

Do what helps you relax. Play video games. Listen to music. Practice deep breathing exercises. 

Poke Bowl

Try to stay healthy and fit by eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep, and approval, exercising every day, with your health care provider’s permission – consider walking, dancing, taking an exercise class.  


Learn about what to expect when your baby arrives. Go to prenatal visits with your partner. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed.  Ask the health care provider for trusted sources of information.  Many internet sites are NOT reliable.

Thinking Man on Couch

If feeling overwhelmed, cut back on things that are not really necessary.  Whenever you feel tired – rest.   

State of New Jersey Parent Link provides links to various resources important to parents along various stages of early childhood and more.
The DadLab offers videos. DadLab is a Youtube channel of fun educational activities a father can share with his children.
4Kira4Moms advocates for improved maternal health policies by considering the often forgotten other part of the pregnancy journey.

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