Q&A: Handling Pregnancy and Baby Disagreements?

My husband and I are talking about starting a family, but we're disagreeing on some issues. We have such different thoughts on when to start trying, how big our family should be, and so on. How can we work things out?
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
Mar 2017
Hero Image
Photo: Marcelo Pulido

No matter what the disagreement is about, these four basic rules will help you cope. And remember — the conflict resolution and compromise you’re practicing now will be even more important once baby comes. Treat these  discussions as learning opportunities!

No pressure or guilt trips
Rather than attempt to wear down your partner with endless appeals (never works), try to accept his different opinion, then revisit the topic once you’ve both had time to consider compromises. Remember, marriage is already a huge change. Give your spouse a chance to breathe before pushing another on him.

Be open and honest
This means no “forgetting” the birth control. Tricking him into such a major, life-changing undertaking is a manipulation that will put a sour note on your entire marriage and parenting partnership. Your spouse should welcome your child, not resent you for having it.

Get help
If the disagreement seems insurmountable or is affecting other areas of your marriage, there’s no shame in meeting with a marriage counselor. Sometimes, it takes a third party to work through the issues and find an acceptable solution.

Relax
Focus on what’s important now, and let the other stuff go. So you can’t agree on whether to have two or three kids… think maybe that can wait until after the first one comes? Chances are, it’ll make you both rethink how you feel about further additions to the family. Start with your first baby, and take the rest as it comes.

Related Video

How One Couple Trying to Conceive Finds Hope After Miscarriage

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
01/04/2019

Happy National Family Week: Are You Ready to Expand Your Family?

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
11/24/2014

Choosing a Pregnancy Test — a Guide For Men

Daddy Nickell
Published
12/14/2012

PSA to Men Who Are TTC: Put Down the Junk Food

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
07/15/2019

Dad's Age Affects the Health of Mom and Baby, Study Says

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
11/01/2018