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Last Reviewed: April 2017

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Your Changing Relationship

Your Relationship After Baby

Key Points

  • Change is part of adjusting to your new life as a parent.
  • New parents often have new expectations of one another.
  • You can manage changes in your relationships by setting expectations.

Congratulations on becoming a parent!

This time in your life is all about change.

Some changes happen day-to-day. Some are physical, some are emotional, and some happen in your relationships. Change is part of adjusting to your new life as a parent. Everyone reacts to change differently.

While certain changes will affect only you and your partner, other changes might affect your relationships with friends and family members.

Your relationship with your partner

You can manage changes in your relationships by setting expectations.

As new parents you might have new expectations of one another. While these new expectations can cause stress and conflict in your relationship, they can also make your bond stronger.

You can manage changes in your relationship with your partner by:

  • Talking about what you expect from each other as parents.
  • Talking about childcare, your finances and how you'll share household responsibilities.
  • Discussing your feelings and how you're adjusting to parenthood.
  • Spending time with just one another.
  • Using your network of family and friends when you need help.

Get help for depression or anxiety

As you move into your new role as a parent, it is perfectly normal for one or both partners to experience feelings of depression or anxiety brought on by the baby blues.

However, some relationships can be affected by a postpartum mood disorder (PMD).

1 in 5 women will experience PMD after giving birth or adopting a child. A PMD can happen at any time during the first year after a birth or adoption.

A PMD requires medical help. Contact your doctor/midwife if you or your partner have any postpartum mood disorder symptoms.

Your relationship with family and friends

Relatives or friends might give you advice that you don't necessarily want or agree with. You might even feel that you've lost control over your own life.

You can manage changes in your relationships by setting expectations. A healthy relationship with your partner and your family members will have a positive affect on your parenting.

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