Pregnancy is a process that is followed by parenting and affects both the partners in so many ways.
Ladies, you must have read in magazines and newspapers that pregnancy is a huge thing, and it changes the equations between couples. While that may be true, it’s not always a negative change.
A change in relationship dynamics is expected with the added relationship stress during pregnancy; however, pregnancy does have many positive attributes.
Even though there are many, many assumptions about how the baby becomes the priority leaving the partners with little time for each other, pregnancy can also bring a couple closer to each other.
Listed below are 8 things that corroborate how pregnancy brings couples together.
Relationships during pregnancy go through a lot of changes, and before you know it, your responsibilities change, and you’ll be surprised to see how active your husband has become!
He, who once stayed in pajamas all day, refused to go out, is always on his feet. How can you not smile like a goof when your partner willingly takes up all the responsibilities, however tiny they might be?
Moreover, studies have even suggested that increased male involvement in pregnancy and childbirth is vital for improving the health outcomes of women with obstetric complications.
2. Bonding over the bump
Firstly, you’re gonna be extremely anxious during this whole time. It is due to the oxytocin flowing through your veins.
This hormone is what makes you feel attached to your baby. Although your husband won’t go through any of the physiological or emotional changes like you do, he will still feel vulnerable, and he’s gonna be super protective of you and your baby.
Your bonding over your baby bump will draw you guys closer.
3. Intense intimacy
Does pregnancy make you more attached to your partner? You are bound to feel a strong need for intimacy, emotional, and physical during your pregnancy.
During pregnancy, your body will experience some interesting changes, and sharing them with your partner could be a new thing for you two.
You will be awestruck by the miracle of birth, sharing your experiences with your partner will make you feel extremely close emotionally.
From dealing with insecurities during pregnancy or feeling embarrassed by all the burping, gas, and nausea, your pregnancy will make you two more connected than ever.
4. Talking about the future together
Planning the delivery of the baby, deciding on a name, getting the clothes and toys for the baby, all this may seem silly, but you both know that the world lies within these small things.
All this time, while you put your heads together to decide about the tiniest of things, you guys strengthened your bond.
Plus, those super cheesy yet lovely talks of ‘the baby has your eyes’ or ‘she/he has your pout’ will only make you guys fall in love with each other all over again.
5. Emotional support
All those hormones kicking and pushing around in your pregnant body won’t make anything easy for you. Being pregnant and unhappy in a relationship is not uncommon.
You’re likely gonna be paranoid, anxious, and even depressed. During these times, it is your partner who’s gonna be your biggest support.
Also, your partner may not tell you all his worries out loud, but he also has his fears, and this period is where both of you rely on each other and realize your love for each other!
And believe it or not, all his efforts to support you will have an impact on your newborn baby!
6. Your alone time together
Once you have the baby, the breastfeeding, cleaning up all the mess, taking care of the baby, will eat away all of your time.
It is now when you’ll start fighting hard to give each other time. And that’s when your together-time becomes even more special, and you’ll enjoy each other’s company more than ever.
However, taking care of your wee one may leave you exhausted, and sometimes, your husband may feel neglected. So shower him with affection to show that he is still your number one guy.
Also, don’t be hard on yourself. You’ll find yourself often in a colossal mess, and that’s okay. Have faith. You guys will make it!
Also watch: Intimacy during and after pregnancy.
7. Become a stronger team
A feeling of isolation during the first few weeks of pregnancy is quite expected, as you might not have shared the news publicly when you are so early along.
Keeping your pregnancy a secret would help you avoid the overwhelming advice from friends and acquaintances. Still, it does present an opportunity for you and your partner to spend some amazing quality time.
Raising a kid is a difficult job and would require both of you to work as a team. You need to start planning how to tackle the pregnancy and become good parents.
There is so much that you would need to discuss with each other, your fears, your strengths, and even your hopes and dreams.
Pregnancy is the time where you need a teammate who can support you through the ups and downs. Before you know it, the nine months would have passed, so truly focus on growing stronger with your partner during this time.
8. Reading pregnancy/parenting books
An important part of preparing for parenting is reading articles and books on pregnancy and parenting. You might think that such books are overrated; instead, they can be very informative.
Reading the pregnancy/parenting books together is a great activity to acquire some helpful information on what to expect during the nine months and how to prepare yourself for what comes after.
Even if you both can’t find the time to read pregnancy/parenting books, you can discuss what you learned in the different books that you are reading.
This way, you both are updated with valuable information and don’t have to read the same books.
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Sylvia Smith loves to share insights on how couples can revitalize their love lives in and out of the bedroom. As a writer at Marriage.com, she is a big believer in living consciously and encourages couples to adopt this principle in their lives too. Sylvia believes that every couple can transform their relationship into a happier, healthier one by taking purposeful and wholehearted action.