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  • 'You Make Every Waking Hour A Blessing!' Jennylyn Mercado Grateful For Dennis Trillo As Husband And New Dad

    Jen's birthday message highlights the important role of fathers postpartum.
    by Judy Santiago Aladin .
'You Make Every Waking Hour A Blessing!' Jennylyn Mercado Grateful For Dennis Trillo As Husband And New Dad
  • Fans of new celebrity parents Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo are always on the lookout for updates on their growing family.

    With the addition of Baby D in their family, it's a new and unique journey for Jen and Dennis. 

    On Dennis' birthday last May 12, the actress wrote a sweet message for him, acknowledging his love and presence.

    "Happy birthday to the husband and dad with the heart of gold," Jen said. 

    She adds, "We feel so blessed to have found true love in your arms. Salamat sa iyong napakatamis na pagaalaga at hindi ka talaga nawala sa tabi namin from day 1."

    Jen concludes, "You make every waking hour a blessing! We love you!"

    Dennis and Jen, who tied the knot in November 2021, said they have been trying to get pregnant since 2018. They even explored surrogacy to conceive. 

    Picking up from Jen's message, she highlights the importance of a dad's role throughout a mom's parenthood journey- from pregnancy to postpartum.


    5 important roles of husbands and dads throughout pregnancy and childbirth

    According to a 2018 study, fathers are crucial in ensuring the overall health and well-being of the mom and child. Here are the aspects where fathers' participation is highly recognized:

    1. Dads need to help in maintaining the health of the mom and child

    In the study, moms emphasized how crucial it was for the fathers to give them time to rest and relax. Moms consider the role of their husbands as the provider with utmost importance so that they can focus on taking care of their health. 

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    Healthcare professionals believe that when husbands are hands-on and present as early as prenatal check-ups, they can also be more present in providing care for their wives and help prevent maternal and fetal complications.

    2. Dads can provide emotional support to mothers

    Most female and some male participants stated that husbands should appreciate their wives’ efforts during pregnancy and after delivery by buying her gifts or by verbally expressing appreciation

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    3. Dads should take active part in married life 

    Most participants believed that during pregnancy, the husband should participate in doing heavy household jobs.

    4. Dads are important in preparing for safe delivery

    Most moms emphasized that husbands should be actively present during the last days of pregnancy and take her to the hospital on time when necessary.

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    5. Dads have crucial role in providing postpartum support to moms

    Because of mother’s emotional changes in postpartum period, father’s support is much more needed. Husband can participate in giving kangaroo care to the newborn, and support breastfeeding.

    The study reiterates that care of a newborn is not just the mother’s duty. The father should also care for, bathe and change diapers. 

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