Monday, August 9, 1999 Published at 05:47 GMT 06:47 UK
Men put pregnancy before pub
Fathers are taking more of a role in the ante-natal process
The partners of mothers-to-be would rather attend an ante-natal class than spend a night down the pub, a report into attitudes to pregnancy has found.
The survey of 3,000 expectant women found that nearly half said their partners knew as much, if not more, about pregnancy as they did.
The report, commissioned by Johnson & Johnson, suggests men are becoming more involved in the ante-natal process, and offering more support to their partners.
However, men also tend to demand more attention and get jealous of the attention given to their pregnant lovers, the report said.
Pregnancy does not appear to dampen the ardour of couples, with 40% of mothers-to -be saying they made love at least once a week.
But a certain lack of information on sex during pregnancy was evident from the 42% who said they feared it could harm the baby.
Workplace attitudes to pregnancy were not so positive, however, with 37% of women saying they believed it would lead to them being overlooked for promotion and pay increases.
Commenting on the reports findings, Sarah Wrench, Johnson & Johnson's marketing manager, said: "So many assumptions are made as to how exciting and nerve-racking the prospect of expecting a baby for the first time really is.
"The research shows us that the prospect of impending parenthood is still a happy time and mums-to-be are receiving strong support from their partners, their families and from the professionals."