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Babies often create infectious excitement, but you can't expect all of your friends to ooh and ahh about your pregnancy in anticipation of the first time they can hold your newborn's little hand. Instead of agonizing over whether your coworker is looking at your expanding belly with resentment or wasting time wondering why your gal pal from spin class is suddenly distant, learn how to navigate these changing relationships before you give birth.
"Many expectant mothers are very excited about the new changes in their life, but they should realize that their priorities and interests may change," says Deborah B. Nelson, Ph.D and associate professor of public health and ob-gyn at Temple University. Those changes can put a strain on prior relationships, but with a little flexibility and some forward thinking, you can help your solid friendships stand the test of motherhood. Use the scenarios here to help you ease every buddy smoothly into your life with Baby.
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