Bonding With Your Spouse Post-Baby

marriage after babyBy Nicole Pelletiere

Dirty diapers, spit-ups, and burping. Seriously, where’s all the romance gone? In the midst of arguing with your hub about who’s going to take the next 2 A.M. feeding, you might end up wondering about what’s happened to your marriage after baby—and whether things will ever get back to normal.

What happens to marriage after baby

There’s no doubt that kids change everything. “Having a baby creates new problems that couples never would have faced without having children in their lives,” says Michele Lisenbury Christensen, a relationship expert in Seattle, Washington. But guess what? You can get past marriage after baby problems, and you’ll likely come out with a relationship that’s even stronger.

And when you do, it’s not just you that feels better: One of the most meaningful gifts you can give your kids is to cultivate a happy relationship with your partner, Christensen says. Here’s how to tackle some of the biggest issues that plague marriage after baby.