Still Confused By The Khloe Kardashian Scandal? Experts Explain Why Men Cheat On Their Pregnant Partners
Everyone who watched Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's relationship grow from its early days to the day his scandalous affair was revealed will have a few burning questions. Chief of them: What made Tristan betray Khloe when she was just days away from giving birth?
Is this a general problem?
The question is further made pressing by other famous examples of celebrities who have cheated on their pregnant partners.
Kevin Hart famously cheated on Eniko Parish when they were getting ready to welcome their son. Other famous cheaters include Anthony Weiner and Hank Baskett.
However tempting it might be to conclude that men are more likely to cheat when they are expecting, expert evidence points to the contrary.
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Dr. Terri Orbuch does not think straying is linked with pregnancy in any specific way. As a professor at Oakland University and author of "5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage to Good to Great," she has researched almost 400 couples in 30 years.
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In fact, she says it is supposed to be the other way round based on a man's evolutionary instinct to procreate and maintain a bond with their pregnant partners.
Apparently, men get lonely
Orbuch, however, concedes that men like Tristan may cheat because of an emotional desire to connect and be cared for. This happens particularly for men who spend time away from their partners because of their jobs.
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A clinical assistant, professor of psychiatry at Brown University Medical School, Scott Haltzman, M.D., says its difficult to estimate the number of expectant men who stray. The reason? Most couples are not willing to talk about it.
He agrees with Orbuch's theory that pregnancy-related cheating is more triggered by emotional need than sexual need.
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That said, being cheated on sucks, and a spawned partner might feel pressured to make decisions about a future with their cheating partner.
However, it is important to make the right decision for yourself as much as your family.
What to do if you have been cheated on
YouTube relationship counselor Lenon Honor and his wife advise women to ensure that they are not self-sabotaging by concentrating on keeping the family together.
Having conversations with straying partners about their reasons for cheating is also an important step to addressing the problem. This way, corrections can be made.
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In the meantime, it remains to be seen how new parents, Khloe and Tristan, will deal with the cracks in their relationship.
The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.