Pregnancy can feel like a long and arduous road. I mean, 40 weeks (more or less) of growing a human can weigh on a person. Turns out, it can also weigh on a couple. Libidos change, hormones surge, tempers run short, and a couple's focus usually shifts to all things parenthood, leaving little room to pay attention to much else. When that baby arrives, though, it can be pretty difficult to find time to care for and focus on your partner. That’s why I’m suggesting a few things couples should do the last week of pregnancy.
My own pregnancy with my son was especially difficult. I was high-risk so I had to visit the doctor on a weekly basis. My husband had to give my hormone shots every week, too. Then I was on pelvic restand bed rest for, well, longer than any human should be. My husband was stressed and working. I was stressed and working, and then stressed and forced to stay at home. As a result of all that change and stress, it was difficult if not damn near impossible for us to connect. Sometimes we’d simply snap at one another and, well, it could get ugly.
By the end of my pregnancy, though, we were feeling together again. We were so excited that our little one had stayed put and "cooked" long enough, and we were dying to meet him. But in retrospect, I wish we had also focused a little more on our relationship during those last moments of “just us.” Because while I wouldn’t trade my family for anything, our lives changed drastically the moment our son was born so we’ll never be the same “just us” again.