It is so important that you nurture yourself and your relationship with your significant other. When you are physically and emotionally healthy, you are a better parent. This is especially important after the birth of a baby. According to Shapiro and Gottman, 67% of couples experience a decline in relationship satisfaction after their first baby is born. Also, 1 in 7 women will experience Postpartum Depression.
Having a baby is a wonderful, monumental time in our life but also life altering and stressful. That is why it is so important to rely on your support network or create one if you don’t have one. Sleep is the main thing that goes out the window when baby arrives. It is so important to meet your needs even though it seems impossible with all the new demands that are now placed on you after baby arrives. Have a trusted family member or friend watch the baby while you take a break to sleep or do something for yourself or with your significant other. Continue to communicate with your significant other and express wants and needs. Be aware of signs or symptoms of Postpartum Depression. The Postpartum Health Alliance is a great website with tons of information.
If there are signs of Postpartum Depression, there is help out there and there is hope. If your relationship is suffering, seek out help. Give yourself permission to take care of yourself. If you do, you will be a better parent and partner.