Are you still struggling with what to give your valentine this year? If she's pregnant, a nice evening out and a bouquet of flowers are still thoughtful ideas, but you may want to make this Valentine's Day even more memorable.
If you really want to impress the love of your life this Valentine's Day, do something a little different -- take that extra step in showing her she has a caring and thoughtful partner during her pregnancy.
The March of Dimes believes that "men have babies, too" and says dads can do a lot to help their babies be born healthy:
Pregnancy is a special time for a woman and her family and a time of many changes in her body, in her emotions, and in the life of her family. As welcome as they may be, these changes often add new stresses to the lives of pregnant women who already face many demands at home and at work.
Stress, however, does not have to be all bad. When managed properly, it can provide the drive to meet new challenges. A pregnant woman (or anyone else) who feels she is coping well with stress -- feeling energized, rather than drained, and functioning well at home and work -- probably does not face health risks from stress.
You can help your valentine to relax, taking time to each day to do simple relaxation techniques such as resting in a quiet room; clearing her mind of distractions and focusing on relaxing; breathing slow, deep and steady; and recognizing -- and letting go -- tension in her major muscle groups.
Here's your chance to play an active part in her pregnancy, a role she will remember long past the fourteenth day of February.
This piece was submitted from the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at www.marchofdimes.com or its Spanish Web site at www.nacersano.org.
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