Husbands have a wonderful and unique opportunity to care for their wives during those trying, yet beautiful nine months of pregnancy. Sometimes, it is the simplest act of kindness that blesses her the most. Here are five ways to encourage your wife during pregnancy.
1. Give her a fancy piñata to break at the end of each trimester.
For best results, stuff a baby doll inside that is the size of the actual baby in her stomach. When she finally breaks the ‘ñata with a bat or broom handle, the baby will spill out, mimicking an actual child birth. You might consider filling this piñata with rattles, diapers with melted chocolate in them, and large tubes of milk.
2. Wheel her around in a stroller.
Pregnant women love to be coddled and pampered by their husbands. Buy an adult-sized stroller and take her on long walks or to Chuck E. Cheese’s. If there isn’t an adult-sized stroller near you, affix a skateboard underneath a gurney or a sheet of plywood.
3. Collect small clippings of beard hair every day of her beautiful pregnancy from yourself or other men in your office. Paste all of it onto your newborn’s bald face and head after he or she is born.
Demonstrate that you will be at her side from this child’s infancy to adulthood by pasting beard clippings onto its face and noggin. You will provide. You will train. When this child reaches puberty and grows facial hair, you and your pregnant wife will remember what that young man or woman looked like with a full beard and crew cut as an infant. Imagine the tears you will experience together.
4. Recite this poem over and over as your wife tries to fall asleep during those hot summer nights.
“Your gut stands tall, your sweat drips wide,
Let this poem be your guide.
You snore at night,
You always cry,
The time for baby has drawn nigh.”
5. Look for sweet opportunities to “give birth” to loaves of bread or basketballs.
Encourage your wife by pretending to push things out of your body — like your wife will be doing with a fully-formed baby. Mid-conversation, during Sunday School, Parent-Teacher Conferences, during family devotions: these are perfect opportunities to show that you are excited for that beautiful moment as well. Scream and yell as you, without warning, perfectly mimick childbirth for the love of your life.