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Deciding to start a family is momentous and extremely exciting. It will bring about a huge lifestyle change from the word go and mean that your relationships will change too. When couples begin to try for a baby it can take anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years for them to conceive. For some this can be a very stressful period and cause strain on family relationships, especially if conception doesn’t happen as quickly as you think it should.

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Spousal Relationships

It is extremely important to keep a healthy relationship with your spouse when you are trying to conceive. It is very easy to become consumed by your desire to start a family and sometimes you can end up losing sight of each other. Try taking the pressure off a little bit and organise a date night. This is so that you can simply spend some quality time together. Try and do this on a frequent basis just to help keep things light-hearted and stress free. This in turn could help the conception process along.

Parent Relationships

Close family relationships, such as those with your mum or mother in law, can become difficult when you decide to start a family. Both your mum and your spouse’s mum will be extremely excited and they will probably have ideas on names, nursery colours and family christening traditions. If conception does not happen immediately it can be disappointing for them too and sometimes this can put added pressure on the couple. One of the most important things that I would encourage you to consider is whether or not you should actually tell your extended family that you are trying for a baby.

Use this time wisely. Do some reading up on pregnancy symptoms and conception advice. You could even go to see your local doctor or nurse as they will be able to give you some hints and tips. It is always a good idea to have a measure of knowledge about these things as conjecture can easily cause arguments.

Overall this should be a happy time for both you and your spouse. Do your best to stay relaxed and keep your relationships on good form.

About the Author:

Erica enjoys writing about all things that are pregnancy related, especially pregnancy symptoms and relationship advice.