Relationship Challenges And Your New Baby

Posted on May 26, 2013 in Hot topics

Relationship Challenges And Your New Baby

Mothers need care too. Recovering from childbirth and adjusting to the demands of a new baby can leave mothers feeling depleted. Sometimes, a mother’s need to be cared for at this time can challenge her relationships. She may have difficulty acknowledging this need and asking for the care she requires and she may become irritable as a result. Alternatively, her key relationships may have developed without her needs being part of the fundamental basis of these relationships. So, postnatally, during this period of high need her closest relationships may be challenged by this change in her. The introduction of an infant to the family can provide a real challenge to these dynamics. Suddenly, a formerly capable woman can be struggling. Partners and husbands can be puzzled about the changes and find it difficult to know how to help or how to adapt.

There are many other shifts and balances that take place during the adjustment to parenthood, whether it is a first baby or a fourth.

Having a dialogue with a therapist can help you to articulate the changing landscape of your relationship and to negotiate a new pathway that is adapted to your new stage of life. A change which allows for growth and understanding to flourish.