Becoming a dad might feel real now – and it probably feels very real for your partner. She might be more uncomfortable as baby gets bigger and moves more.

The third trimester is the time to prepare for your birth support role, the hours after the birth and the first weeks of fatherhood. You could go to birth classes, talk to other men who are expecting or who’ve just become dads, and check out where your baby will be born.

It’s also a good time to think about your work and any changes you want to make – for example, negotiating parental leave and looking at your work-life balance.

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    What to expect in late pregnancy

    This is an exciting time, as you prepare for baby’s birth. Get ready for your birth support role and your first hours as a dad!

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    Including you in antenatal care

    In late pregnancy, your partner will have more check-ups. Here’s how to be more involved in antenatal care as an expectant dad.

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    Still not real?

    If you’ve been too busy to think about the pregnancy, the reality of becoming a dad might catch up with you around now.

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    Sex in late pregnancy

    It’s usually fine to have sex in late pregnancy, but it might feel different or awkward. This might affect your sex life.

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    Depression in pregnancy and after birth

    You might have heard that some women have depression in pregnancy and after birth. Men can get this kind of depression too.

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    Complications in late pregnancy

    For some men and their partners, complications in the final months of pregnancy can make for a worrying and stressful time.

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    Support for your family

    Late pregnancy is a good time to think about the people who can support you and your family after baby arrives.

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    ‘Nesting’ in late pregnancy

    Your partner might be busy getting the house organised and stuff ready for baby. This is ‘nesting’ – she’s getting ready to be a mum.

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    Looking forward to being a dad

    Being a dad has many rewards. And you don’t need to do things the same way as your partner to be a great parent.

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    Time for your partner and yourself

    Finding time for your relationship and yourself is likely to be more challenging after baby arrives. It helps to plan this kind of time.

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    Birth support: getting yourself ready

    Being well prepared for labour and birth and knowing what your role is will help you feel more confident when the time comes.

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    Your first hours as a dad

    If all is well, your baby will be content just being with you and your partner after birth. These first hours are important for bonding.

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    Birth: dads’ stories

    Your child’s birth is likely to be one of the most amazing moments of your life. Dads share stories about their babies being born.

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    Stillbirth: a dad’s story of loss

    ‘We had a daughter and she died. And we loved her.’ A dad talks about the loss of his daughter, who was stillborn.


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