When you’re pregnant, the extra hormones in your body can cause lots of emotional ups and downs. You’re also adjusting to a major change in your life, so it isn’t surprising if you and your partner are feeling emotional. There are physical changes too, which affect how well you feel and how you feel about your body.
Making the change from being a couple to being parents isn’t easy. You’re probably thinking about how it will change your life and your relationship with each other.
Here are some things that often affect pregnant couples’ relationships:
- The shift in focus to include another person in your relationship might cause some tension between you.
- Either you or your partner might be worried about having a child – for example, you might be worried about the timing of the pregnancy, its effect on your career or the loss of your independence.
- You or your partner might worry about how you’ll manage financially once the bais born.
- One of you might want more or less sex than the other.
- Your feelings about yourself and your changing shape might affect both you and your partner.
Sometimes problems in a relationship can become overwhelming. Some people may feel like they are dealing with everything on their own and so feel isolated or resentful. Other couples may try to talk through their problems but still can’t find a way to sort things out.