Pregnancy's Ups and Downs
Pregnancy can have problems and trouble-free periods -- and either situation is normal.
Evaluating Yourself, Relationships continued...
Sanford also says it helps to think ahead. If you evaluate who
you are and who your partner is, you could possibly predict future challenges.
"Things don't come out of the blue," she says.
Good couldn't agree more. He says people and their
relationships generally remain the same during, as before, pregnancy. Women who
tend to be critical of their bodies, for example, may lament over how fat
they're getting, while those who are comfortable with themselves, may love the
way their swollen belly looks.
By the same token, the dynamic between couples during pregnancy
usually reflects their relationship beforehand. Good says partners may think
things have changed, but really, people's true nature comes out in times of
crisis. In this case, the crisis is pregnancy.
SOURCES: Arlene Robles. Bobbie No. Diane Ross
Glazer, PhD, psychotherapist, Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. Raphael
Good, MD, professor of psychiatry and ob-gyn, University of Miami School of
Medicine. Angela Soos. Diane Sanford, PhD, president, Women's Healthcare
Partnership, St. Louis, Mo.