Pregnancy is draining. Each trimester is a new set of lessons in morning sickness, round ligament pain, sleep deprivation, and making multiple trips to the bathroom. Fortunately, pregnancy has an end date, and, hopefully, you're not going through it alone. Unfortunately, our non-pregnant partners can unknowingly contribute to the stress of growing another human being inside your body. In fact, there are some low-key ways your partner is making your pregnancy more difficult than it needs to be... whether they intend to or not.
I have two children, so over the years I've learned a lot about myself as a parent, a woman, and a partner. I've also learned a lot about my relationship — the good, the bad, and the ugly. And, in so many ways, those lessons started when I found out I was pregnant. We were clueless soon-to-be parents, to be sure, so I'm positive my partner probably didn't mean to make my life harder. In fact, I know he always meant well. But (and this is a big one), his intentions really didn't matter in the moment.
Look, our non-pregnant partners are learning right alongside us, so I'm all for being understanding and cutting everyone involved in the pregnancy process (who isn't a medical professional) some slack. But the least a partner can do is save the last brownie for their pregnant better half, people! This isn't rocket science! So with that in mind, here's how our partners can low-key make our pregnancies more difficult than they need to be: