"Happy Birthday My love.. So sorry I cant be with you on your special day, but when I see you Ate Kiera ka na. I know you will be a great ate, and a good little helper to mommy.. I miss you... I hope you grow up to be Smart, Strong, brave, and most of all Kind.. I hope all your wishes come true and I'll always be your bestie, I promise!!!! Happy 8th Birthday My KK. Mommy loves you!"
In an Instagram story, Melissa shared a photo of her husband changing their daughter's soiled diaper. She wrote, "Poopy expert!" This is just one of the many ways for husbands to support their wives.
1. Go ahead, change the diapers.
Yes, this is the best role new dads can take once the baby's out. Mom will take care of breastfeeding, dad can take care of the cleaning. And trust us when we say, it's the best thing you can do for us moms.
If you can also help mom in bathing and taking out your baby to get some sun, you'll be dad of the year in no time.
2. Make sure she gets to eat healthy food and drinks.
For nursing moms, having a balanced diet is very important. Not only does it give her the energy to care for the baby, but it also helps boost her mood.
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3. Watch out for symptoms of postpartum depression
Dads, things might get overwhelming for moms postpartum, no matter how many children she's got already. Every pregnancy and every childbirth is unique.
According to Postpartum International, when you see these signs, ask her how you can help and if she needs to consult a professional.Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and insecureCrying spells, sadness, hopelessnessAnger, irritability, frustrationRepetitive fears and worries
Make sure to attend the postpartum check-up with your OB-GYN, which is usually three weeks after birth, and no later than 12 weeks.
4. Keep learning
If you feel like you've got a lot to learn about parenthood, our Facebook group Smart Parenting Village is here to help. Dads can also join DadBudPH, an exclusive online group for dads, founded by Smart Parenting Daddy Editor-At-Large, Joey Ong.