“Your priorities aren’t what you SAY they are. They are revealed by how you live. What does your life say about the value of your family and marriage?” —Jimmy Evans

Fatigue. Nausea. Sex drive changes. Distractions. New obligations. We get it, these are real issues that affect your marriage. But they are just new-to-you challenges that you and your spouse get to work through together.

An opportunity to emerge stronger at the other end — together.

This baby doesn’t make you a family. You became a family when you said “I do”. Growing a child is a tremendously important role, but don’t look to a child to complete or fix a broken area of your family, because without a healthy marriage backbone, adding additional people (especially snotty, needy, crying ones) will only add additional burdens.

Recognize that pregnancy is only a season. As much as you can, embrace the new era along with its accompanying twists. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your marriage and be gracious to your spouse as you change physically, emotionally and sexually. It’s okay to redefine sexual intimacy during marriage. Find ways to express desire for your spouse during pregnancy.

And after the birth of your child, acknowledge the former season has passed, and continue to move forward with your spouse into your new era: in some ways picking up where you left off, and in other ways, pushing forward to becoming even better.

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