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Pensando familias

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SANTOS, Simoni Crochi dos  and  KREUTZ, Carla Meira. Father’s involvement during ihe gestation of the first child. Pensando fam. [online]. 2014, vol.18, n.2, pp. 62-76. ISSN 1679-494X.

Pregnancy gives the father the opportunity to experience the unknown, review his roles and to adapt himself to the new cycle that begins. Thus, this article aims to describe on how men experience the pregnancy of their first child besides finding out how they consider their roles as father during the period of gestation. Took part in this qualitative research five fathers in whose wives were pregnant, distributed on the three gestational trimesters. Was performed a semi-structured interview in which the answers were analyzed according to Bardin content analysis (1977). Results showed that men are involved in several ways with their pregnant woman and the baby, excluding material and emotional support. However , some of them still cannot overcome this period easily, which points to the fact that pregnancy is yet a time where men are seeking for new ways to learn about themselves and to explore it, as it does not take place in their own bodies.

Keywords : Paternity; Firstborn; Pregnancy.

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