- Can they cope with the responsibility of a baby?
- What will happen to their relationship?
- Will they still be able to play sports or carry on with their normal social activities once a baby arrives?
- Will their partner still have time for them or will she too interested in the baby?
Especially with a first pregnancy, couples can become very preoccupied with all the physical changes that are occurring with the growing baby. As the pregnancy progresses, they can become focussed on the delivery, purchasing baby items and preparing the “baby’s room”. Where there are existing children, couples can worry about the effects a new baby will have on these children. Some start thinking about ways of preparing the children for the “new baby”
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- Psychiatric Disorders and Pregnancy. V. O’Keane, M. March & G. Seneviratne (Eds). Taylor and Francis publishers. 2006.