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Pregnancy: Relationship Changes - Topic Overview

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."

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 23, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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