Pregnancy starts a new phase of your relationship with your partner. You can expect a natural shift in roles. It's likely that you will have less time to pay attention to each other. And your expectations of each other may change.
If this is your first child as a couple, you will notice that your focus on each other evolves into something new. There is a new focus of attention on a third party, your future child. After the birth, you will get to know each other in new ways. You will see each other as parents.
If you have one or more children already, then you know about the limits to "couple time" that parents have. Being a parent puts demands on your time. So make sure to schedule some adult time together too.
For many couples, pregnancy is an exciting time of change. But it's also a time of stress and new challenges. Many couples find that pregnancy brings worries about money and emotions that they didn't expect. Some couples find it useful to see a counsellor before or after the birth. It helps them make a healthy transition from "couple" to "family" or from "family" to "larger family."
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology