Pregnancy is an exciting milestone in any relationship. But along with that excitement often comes anxiety, stress, and a host of other emotions that can take a toll on your marriage. If you want to make sure things don't take a turn for the worst during that critical nine months, you need to know how to keep your marriage in tact during pregnancy.
Your body will go through a lot when you are expecting. An adorable little person has taken over your insides, causing your hormones to go haywire. Some days you may feel like you don't want to be touched, while other days you may feel like you can't get enough. Not to mention the fact that you haven't seen your feet in weeks. But it's still important to make sure you and your partner can feel comfortable to openly discuss your feelings with one another.
It's important that you do your best to stay connected and make your partner feel included throughout your pregnancy. You may be the one carrying the baby, but you're both in this parenting thing together. Try some of these tips to keep the spark alive in your relationship during your pregnancy. Bonus points if you can keep it up after baby arrives.
1. Avoid Stressful Situations, If Possible
Whether it's your first or your fourth, pregnancy can be taxing on any relationship. If possible, try to put off things that will add to your stress, such as buying a home or changing jobs, according to Fit Pregnancy.
2. Plan A Babymoon
Once baby arrives, it may be a while before you'll have a romantic getaway. So while he's still in the oven, take a romantic trip with your partner, as suggested in What to Expect. Letting someone else make the bed each day can do wonders for your relationship, as long as your doctor clears you to travel.
3. Let Your Partner Bond With Baby
Your partner may be feeling a little left out while baby is inside your tummy. As Parents suggested, encourage bonding time by allowing your partner to touch your belly and talk to the baby.
4. Get (And Give) A Massage
Don't underestimate the power of touch. One of the best ways to keep the romance alive and relieve stress is to exchange massages with your partner, as mentioned in Pregnancy and Newborn.
5. Talk It Out
Communication is key in any relationship, and particularly important during pregnancy. Talk to your partner about you are feeling and what you need while you're expecting. And don't forget to return the favor when your partner needs to be heard.
6. Make A Date
Don't let the excitement of a new baby make you forget why you fell in love with your partner in the first place. Scheduling time to go out will help the two of you stay connected, as suggested by WebMD. So put on a super cute maternity outfit and go out on the town.
7. Wear Something That Makes You Feel Good
You might be feeling like a whale, but there is nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman. As matchmaker Patty Stanger suggested on her site, wearing clothes that accentuate the parts of your body you love most will not only give your partner some nice eye candy, it will help you to continue to feel good about yourself.
8. Get Creative
As your pregnancy progresses and your belly grows, you and your partner may be forced to make some changes in your sex life. As WebMD suggests, be creative when it comes to intimacy. Experiment with more comfortable positions, and other forms of sexual contact if intercourse is completely out of the question.
9. Be A Flirt
Flirting doesn't have to stop because you're married with children. You can exchange a flirty touch or glance when they least expect it to get each other's heart rate going. You can even be sexy even when you're apart. Send a sexy text message to your partner during the day, and watch the sparks fly at night.
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