Feelings and Relationships370
From the minute you know that you’re pregnant, things begin to change. Your feelings about yourself, the baby, and your future change. Your relationships with your partner, other children, your parents and friends also change. Coping with these changes isn't always easy.
These articles look at some of the concerns that may arise in pregnancy. What may be a problem for one person may not be a problem for another. So take from these articles what you find useful.
Find out about hormonal changes, anxiety and strange dreams and why they are all normal. Plus depression signs you need to look out for.
Worries about the birth
From coping with contractions to feeling anxious about your baby, knowing what to expect can help you deal with your worries.
Worries about abnormality
It's normal to worry about your baby. Find out about the risks you can reduce and the ones you can't, and the screening tests that can detect abnormalities.
Your partner, family and friends
Find out how and why your relationships might change during pregnancy.
Sex in pregnancy
What's safe and what's not, and some suggestions for positions as your bump gets bigger.
Saying goodbye to your colleagues means you're saying hello to some time to yourself before the baby is born.
Coping if you are alone
Tips on meeting other parents-to-be if you're pregnant and don't have a partner. Plus where to get help with housing or money issues, and thinking about choosing a birth partner.
Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or psychological, and it can happen during pregnancy. Find how to recognise the signs and where you can go for help.
Having a new baby is a wonderful surprise! However, can the new baby make your eldest feel insecure and jealous? If you only have one child, then the entry of another can be traumatic to the first one. He/she has to share his toys, his old clothes perhaps, his old crib, maybe his room, dada-dadi, nana-nani and worst of all Mommy and Daddy with this new alien that suddenly appeared in his domain. Such feelings can lead to silly stories that you will laugh at later, or even a lifetime of resentment in worst case scenarios.