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Relationship changes in new parents

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After a baby’s arrival, life as a couple changes forever. Now there are new responsibilities and activities on your agenda. If you are having your first baby, it’s pretty likely that you’ll both feel overwhelmed during the first few months after {he/she} is born. Each of you could process this new change differently, and it could be harder on one of you, so try to understand and help each other.

Some activities that could change, and for which you should be prepared for are getting less sleep, maternity leave or desertion of the job, the probability of post-partum depression, and changes in intimacy. To best prepare yourself, it’s great to do some research in advance. Then, when your baby arrives, you should work together to make these adjustments run as smoothly as possible. This will help you keep realistic expectations when it comes to taking care of your new family member.

The following tips could be of help to those that are first-timers:

• Before your baby’s born, you should commit to the new responsibilities that bringing a new baby into the world implies
• Your baby will not solve your issues with your partner, so this should not be the reason why you want to have a baby
• Sometimes the mom could give the baby too much time and make the partner feel left behind. This is why it’s so important that your partner also has an active participation in raising and caring for the baby
• You should agree and divide your time spent on taking care of the baby. Make it even so there are no arguments between you two
• It’s completely normal that the baby takes too much of your attention, especially in the first few weeks. However, you should also mind your relationship, and set apart some quality time as a couple

Bringing a baby into the world is a great responsibility, but it’s also one of the greatest things that could ever happen to you, so make sure to enjoy yourself!


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