Pregnancy and Changes in a Couple’s Relationship


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A New Baby Means the Parents are Leaving their Old Lives Behind

Pregnancy causes significant changes to a couple’s relationship and impacts their lifestyle both inside and outside the home. There is a great shift in how new parents see themselves and function in society. Both mothers and fathers can encounter fears about their self-worth at this time.

Negotiating the Details

Numerous issues may need to be negotiated between partners in order to keep their relationship strong and healthy. Many of these may have not been thought out in advance.


Dr. Carolyn Steinberg