Being pregnant and having a baby is one of life's truest expressions of joy and love. It's also easily one of the most stressful for everyone involved, including your dogs. Think about it, for all of the time you've had your sweet pup, you've been constant companions. Sure, your relationship with your partner might have shifted things a bit, but really, he just gained a new lap to lie in. But babies? They bring a host of scary situations with them. There are even some signs your dog has anxiety about your baby's birth to look out for so that you can work at soothing your pup's transition.
It's not at all uncommon for dogs to experience some level of anxiety when they're introduced to a new baby, or even when their owner is pregnant. I spoke with Sally Morgan, a physical therapist specializing in pet therapy, and she tells Romper, "It is not unusual for dogs to become 'clingy' with a pregnant mom-to-be. They will stay close, show concern, and sit quietly nearby. This is because they can sense a change and seem to be aware of the heartbeat of the baby on board. Many dogs will show concern for a baby, watching closely, staring with a mix of excitement and interest. Do not confuse this with anxiety."
But she does note that "it is important that the pet parent knows the dog well and is able to read when the dog is stressed. Many dogs are very anxious with loud crying baby sounds, and it is sometimes good to put the dog in a room away from the baby when the baby is upset."