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."