Now that your partner is pregnant, you may feel that she gets all the attention.

She's experiencing pregnancy in a very real, physical way that you can only observe and empathize with. But that doesn't make your experience insignificant.

Your involvement is very important. Your attitude, lifestyle, diet and habits can play a large part in how healthy your baby will be. You can actively begin taking care of your new family right now.

Common concerns of expectant dads

These are all very normal feelings for an expectant father. They're signs that you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing—exploring the feelings of becoming a parent.

  • Will I be able to support my child financially?
  • How can I deal with my partner's mood swings and emotional needs?
  • What if I don't know what to do during labor?
  • Will seeing the birth be exciting or will it be upsetting?
  • What if my relationship with my partner is never the same?
  • Will she ever have time to focus just on me again?
  • Will I be a good father?
  • How can I handle all this responsibility?
  • What if my baby isn't healthy?
  • Will my partner stay well and be OK?

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015