The first trimester of pregnancy can be one of the most important and challenging for a relationship. As a result, you can expect your relationship and intimacy to change throughout the first trimester. These changes happen in waves, beginning with the excitement and nervousness of finding out you’re pregnant, to handling the changes your body is going through, to preparing together for your new bundle of joy.
A lack of intimacy
You can have a lack of intimacy in the first trimester of pregnancy. Since the first trimester can leave you feeling nauseous, or having cramps or spotting, you may have decreased sex drive.
However this will not last throughout your pregnancy and you may even have an increase in your sexual desire during the second trimester, so don’t worry when you aren’t in the mood for intimacy during the first few months of pregnancy. If you do have sex during the first trimester, it is perfectly fine unless you know your cervix is incompetent and begins to open, or if you are having unexplained bleeding.
Expect emotional changes
You may experience emotional changes due to hormone fluctuations, so remember that this is a very normal part of pregnancy. Some of these changes can include anger, feeling resentful, sadness, and frustration. These feelings can have an impact on your relationship, but it is important to explain to your partner exactly how you are feeling. If your communication is strong, you will be able to get past these new changes together which can make your relationship stronger.
A time for bonding
Many relationships can become stronger during the first trimester. This will be a very exciting time, and while you may have your differences, in the beginning, they typically work themselves out. Expect to feel much closer to your partner during the first trimester, as you lean on them for support.
Finances can sometimes be a burden for some couples, but as long as you are communicating and coming up with realistic plans, you can work through it together. Come up with a solid plan for preparing for your baby, and the financial aspect will work itself out.
If it feels like your relationship is strained shortly after finding out you are pregnant, remember that this is normal. It is a time of adjusting since this is a big change for the both of you, but a few good talks can be all that is needed to get you past this time of change.