Research launched at the start of National Pregnancy Week by Pregnacare, highlights that men in the UK feel left out during their partner’s pregnancy. 71 percent of men stated that whilst pregnant women receive an abundance of information and guidance on their impending baby, fathers to be are simply expected to know how to deal with the forthcoming birth with little guidance or help… this is leaving them with feelings of inadequacy.
What men fear…
New fathers/fathers-to-be experience a range of fears about their partner’s pregnancy, as they simply don’t know what to expect. Over half of men surveyed are more concerned that they won’t do a good job at the birth or know how to look after their baby (56 percent) over being able to financially support the family (35 percent).
Will my wife still love me?
Men also feel a variety of fears about what to expect from their partner during the pregnancy. The top four fears that they experienced were:
§ That their wife/partner would get mood swings (53 percent)
§ That they would be blocked out or ignored by their wife/partner (32 percent)
§ That they would no longer have sex during their pregnancy (20 percent)
§ That their wife/partner would develop bizarre cravings (19 percent)
Sex and pregnancy…
Their concerns are however unfounded as over half of new fathers (56 percent) claimed they still had sex with their partner at least once a week during the pregnancy, with 28 percent actually claiming to have had sex with their partner at least twice a week through the pregnancy. 15 percent however claim that sexual relations did stop entirely throughout the pregnancy.
According to men, Jamie Oliver and Jonathan Ross epitomise all round sorted/cool types of fathers (64 percent). Tony Blair only achieved 14 percent of the vote and bottom of the list was Jude Law who only managed to get 2 percent of the vote.
UK’s first pregnancy classes for men
Pregnacare carried out the research in response to the increasing numbers of pregnant women contacting the Vitabiotics’ (manufacturer of Pregnacare) helpline to find out whether there is information targeted at men on how to deal with their partner’s pregnancy. According to callers, women’s husbands feel that there is a lack of male-targeted educational material on how to care for their wife during pregnancy. As a result of the feedback, Pregnacare is launching the UK’s first Dads And Pregnancy (DAP) educational courses, designed to provide men with all the information they need to navigate their way through their partner’s pregnancy and the first few years of their baby’s lives. Half of the men (49 percent) surveyed really don’t enjoy attending prenatal classes and 37 percent of them won’t attend prenatal classes at all.
GP, Dr Alasdair Wright commented, "It is well recognised that men struggle with changes in their life after their partner becomes pregnant. Yes it is the women who carry the baby but it seems to be forgotten that none of it would have happened without the man! The men seem to be forgotten straight after conception. It's important that men are educated so they know what to expect from the partner's during and after pregnancy, and that they feel well prepared on how to care for their new baby. The new DAP courses from Pregnacare will be a immense help to all men out there who are feeling left out and inadequate during their wife's pregnancy.”
The DAP courses will cater for all those men who want to learn more about pregnancy but don’t know where to turn for information and also for the 37 percent of men who think that breast milk and bottle milk are equally as good for the baby.
The first class will take place in London on Monday 22nd November. To register for a place on the course, telephone 08451 309 616 (charged at local rate) or log onto www.pregnacare.com/DAP
Notes to Editors
For further press information/to arrange an interview with Dr Alasdair Wright/ to receive a full breakdown of the results please contact Alexandra Hilton at Vitabiotics.
Tel: 0208 955 2623 / 07951 726458
Please note regional breakdowns are also available
National Pregnancy Week commences 6th – 12th September 2004
Dads And Pregnancy (DAP) courses
The first course will be launched in London on Monday November 22nd and then they will be launched around the country in early 2005. The classes will take place during the evening. The classes are not just exclusively for men, if men prefer they can also bring their partners/wives along too. Men can attend the classes anytime before or during their partner’s pregnancy.
The DAP courses will cover:
§ What to expect during your wife’s pregnancy (how your wife may change)
§ Open forum about father’s needs and concerns
§ Pregnancy and Nutrition (covering supplementation for men and women)
§ Pregnancy and how your wife’s body changes
§ Pregnancy and sex (can you/can’t you?)
§ Helping your partner cope with labour
§ Medical aspects of the birth
§ Baby care
§ Early days of parenting
§ All you need to know about breast feeding
§ Differences between expectations and reality of being a dad
§ Q&A sessions
Pregnacare, the UK’s No 1 pregnancy supplement has been scientifically developed by experts and provides 17 essential vitamins and minerals shown to help maintain a healthy pregnancy, including vitamins B12 and folic acid at exactly the level recommended for the development of the unborn baby. Other essential vitamins and minerals shown to help maintain a healthy pregnancy are also included.
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