Ways Pregnancy Will Change Your Relationship

You will get clingy

The pregnancy hormones surging through your body can have a profound impact on your emotions, triggering your feelings of panic. "Many women experience an overwhelming fear of abandonment during early pregnancy,"This fear often leads to women making strange and unreasonable demands on their partners, such as wearing a helmet in the car or checking in every half hour. Don't worry -- this crazy woman will recede back into her primal cave as your pregnancy progresses. In the mean time, it's a good idea to warn your partner. Let him know you're feeling especially needy right now, and that it would really help for him to give you extra hugs and attention.

You might not be on the same page

The minute you see that extra line on the plastic stick, you feel like a mom. And your body gives you little signs to confirm your newly appointed status. Your partner doesn't have any of those physical symptoms -- and until science catches up with science fiction, he never will. Which means he may not feel like he's a father until he holds that bundle of joy for the first time.

He might feel left out

Aside from a couple of congratulatory back slaps or a handful or cigars tossed his way, most of the excitement about the pregnancy revolves around you. And since he can't exactly help you grow that thing, he might not feel so connected to it -- or to you, at times. Encouraging him to bond with the bump will help him feel more integral to the pregnancy.

The intimacy will intensify

There will be moments when the two of you might be in awe of the life you're creating, you'll bask in love's glow and feel extremely close emotionally -- and then, you might fart. Be ready to laugh about it with your man.

Sex might slow way down

Romance tends to be pushed to the backburner during the first trimester, when most women feel queasy, exhausted, and downright icky. As the months tick by and your bump becomes bigger, getting busy between the sheets might seem trickier to figure out, but it's important to make it happen.