Pregnancy: Relationship Changes
Pregnancy starts a new phase of your relationship with your partner. You can expect a natural shift in roles as well as attention to and expectations of each other.
- If you are new to parenthood as a couple, you will notice that your focus on each other is evolving into something new—attention to a third party, your future child. After the birth, you will get to know each other in new ways, as parents.
- If you have one or more children already, you are already familiar with the limited couple time available to parents. In the face of increased parenting demands, also give your adult time together high priority.
For many couples, pregnancy is an exciting time of change. Along with change, though, can come stress and new challenges. Many couples find that pregnancy poses new financial and emotional concerns that they hadn't anticipated. Some couples find it useful to see a counselor before or after the birth, to help achieve a healthy transition from "couple" to "family" or from "family" to "larger family."
Current as of:
February 27, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of: February 27, 2023
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology