Having a baby can put stress on even the best relationships. But procreating doesn't have to totally tank your marriage. Avoiding these bad habits that hurt your marriage when you're pregnant can prevent a lot of heartache later on. The final pre-baby weeks are a great time to supercharge your relationship and get it in great working order.
A stressful, life-changing event, having a baby can take even the happiest couples by surprise. A couple's satisfaction with marriage typically decreases at a higher rate when children enter the picture, explained professor of psychology and director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory at Binghamton University Matthew D. Johnson, in The Conversation. Babies add a tremendous dose of new responsibility to a couple, and they pretty much change everything about the family dynamic.
This isn't meant to demonize babies, of course. They don't mean to be so disruptive, but they certainly require a lot of work from the parental units.
That said, many couples do make the whole parenting thing work in their favor, but it just takes some conscious effort from everyone. Read on to learn how to tweak your relationship now to ensure a better experience for everyone once parenthood arrives.