Dear new mums and dads, of course your baby’s welfare comes first. But a close second is your marital bond, and that’s important to the baby too.
Although research suggests that after the birth of a child the majority of new parents assume traditional roles—i.e., male as provider and female as caregiver—most don’t discuss these new roles.
Many new parents have unspoken expectations from their partners around what each should provide or do around the house. And, unspoken expectations can lead to conflict.
It is suggested that before having a baby, you and your partner should discuss household duties and “me-time” arrangements (i.e., time alone to decompress and rejuvenate) after the baby is born. Such planning will make your relationship stronger despite the new circumstances.