Introducing a baby into the family is a really exciting prospect and babies can bring so much joy and happiness. It’s also important to remember that becoming a parent can often put strain on relationships, regardless of what they were like before. A new baby can also change the dynamics within existing relationships – between partners, children, family members or maybe friendships. It’s important to consider how things may change for you and explore with your partner what you think these changes may look like.
It’s important to consider what type of a parent you think you will be or you want to be and how will you and your partner work together to overcome some of the more difficult aspects of caring for a new baby.
Sometimes, significant life events such as having a baby do not always bring joy. At times it can be really stressful and exhausting. Having a baby can affect parental mental health and it’s important to know the signs and symptoms to look out for when considering if you need to access more support.
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has more information about changes in your relationships after having a baby.
Relate – the charity offers many different types of relationship counselling, including a free, confidential live chat service, as well as services you have to pay for, like counselling by telephone, webcam, email, or face-to-face. For face-to-face counselling, contact your nearest Relate branch.