A relationship counsellor reveals the six ways becoming a mum will change your relationship

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Pregnancy and love can be a tricky combination. At times, a couple can feel incredibly close, while at others it can feel as though your partner is living in another dimension. Yet a robust relationship in pregnancy matters.  A positive relationship can make you and your partner more equipped to deal with situations that arise, whilst a lack of communication and misunderstandings can cause unnecessary tensions and disharmony at a time when emotions are already running high.

With this in mind, Matrimonial Consultant and Relationship Guru Sheela Mackintosh-Stewart shares her thoughts on how motherhood will change your relationship...

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1) ‘Irrational’ and emotional behaviour

Pregnancy hormones can cause a range of emotional highs and lows, making you feel more vulnerable, sensitive or anxious than usual. It is important to communicate your feelings clearly and calmly to your partner and for them respond with tolerance and attentiveness. If not dealt with carefully, a couple can end up feeling disconnected, isolated and unloved.

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