One struggle that many women have is that their partner does not properly understand the struggles of pregnancy. In some cases, you partner may seem almost over protective, accommodating every whim. In other cases, you partner may be the type to expect you to overcome the challenges of pregnancy as quickly and quietly as possible. Sometimes the intricacies of pregnancy are just too much for them to comprehend, especially since they are not experiencing it first-hand.
Gestational diabetes can add on to your pile of complicated issues to deal with in your pregnancy. Especially if you have made big changes to the food that you keep in the house, or the way you eat meals, your partner might be feeling overwhelmed, and therefore might seem less than understanding of your plight. Often times, your partner just might not be feeling as connected as you are to the pregnancy, since after all your maternal instinct has already kicked in while you grow the child inside of you.
How, then, can you help your partner understand gestational diabetes?
Offer Educational Materials
Whether you get pamphlets from your doctor’s office, bring home books, or get information off the internet, some educational materials about gestational diabetes might help your partner understand a little better. The most important thing that your partner needs to understand is how important all these changes you have made are for both your health and the health of your child.
Offer these educational materials to your partner and allow them to read and learn on their own time. Upon reading this information, he or she might have questions that you can discuss further.
Have Your Partner Talk to Your Doctor
One sure way of starting a discussion about understanding gestational diabetes is having your partner come to your appointment with you and letting them talk to your doctor. Your doctor will be able to discuss the importance of the diet and lifestyle choices, as well as answer many of the “what and why” questions your partner likely has regarding gestational diabetes.
If anything, your doctor will be better able to get across that this is a real issue that needs to be treated a certain way. Not that your partner doesn’t believe or respect your explanation, but sometimes hearing a medical diagnosis from a professional might come across a little more strongly. Your doctor might also have a more effective way of describing gestational diabetes to your partner, which he or she might find more explanatory.
Get Your Partner More Involved
Getting your partner a little more involved in the care of a gestational diabetes pregnancy might help them to be more understanding of your choices, as well as bring you both some more togetherness. Ask your partner to go for walks or exercise with you, at your own healthy pace of course. Getting him or her involved not only in the cooking process for meals, but in the process of meal planning will help.
Your partner may be less likely to make complaints about the menu if they have a hand in the production of meals. Getting your partner involved in your gestational diabetes might also help your partner feel more connected to the pregnancy, since they will be working towards helping you have a healthier pregnancy also.
Pregnancy is complicated enough, especially when you have gestational diabetes to consider. Having a partner that understands will help take some weight off your shoulders and help you to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle for you and your pregnancy. For more information about a gestational diabetes diet, check out my sister site.