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Published on June 6th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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March of Dimes Recognizes Dad’s Important Role on Father’s Day

(Columbia, SC) – Dads are the most important men in the lives of their babies. They play a major part in a woman’s journey through pregnancy and the health of their children. To celebrate Father’s Day, the March of Dimes is showing its appreciation for the contribution dads make to the organization’s mission for stronger, healthier babies.

“Becoming a father begins even before your baby is born,” said Charles Rittenberg, M.D., MHA and Chair of the Program Services Committee for the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes. “It’s a wonderful experience to be present in every step of your partner’s pregnancy and discover with her your baby’s growth.”

By accompanying their partner to prenatal visits, future dads will begin to grasp the changes their unborn child is undergoing. Their baby will start to feel very real to them. At the end of the first trimester, they can already hear his or her heartbeat, and during the second trimester an ultrasound will reveal a tiny head and limbs. Dads’ early presence in their baby’s life helps foster a meaningful fatherhood.

“A healthy lifestyle can also contribute toward the health of your partner and your future baby,” explained Rittenberg. “Share a healthy diet with her, quit cigarettes and alcohol to support her, help her stay away from stressful situations, and learn as much as you can about the changes she’s going through as her pregnancy progresses.”

March of Dimes advises dads and dads-to-be to learn the signs of preterm labor (less than 37 weeks), and to contact their partner’s health care provider or take her to the hospital if she experiences abnormal or unexpected symptoms during her pregnancy. In South Carolina, one in seven babies is born premature. Among the preterm labor signs they can experience, are:

  • Contractions that make her belly tighten up
  • Change in the color of her vaginal discharge, or bleeding
  • The feeling that the baby is pushing down
  • Low, dull backache
  • Belly cramps or cramps that feel like she is having her period

In celebration of Father’s Day, the March of Dimes also continues its annual imbornto campaign through June 15. The organization has partnered with retailers and brands, including Scentsy, Martha Stewart, Kmart and eBay, to remind people that every baby is born to do something great and that no matter what you were born to do, the March of Dimes helped you get there. Consumers are encouraged to shop, dine or donate where they see the imbornto seal to get involved and support the cause. Visit imbornto.com for more details.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.  Find us on Facebook  and follow us on Twitter.

 

 

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