Being a parent may change the relationship with your partner.

A lot of attention is paid to the baby, and you get less sleep. Make time for both of you to get used to the new situation and find ways of adjusting.

Sex life

Your sex life may also change:

  • In the first weeks after delivery, the woman’s body still has to recover. Both partners have to take it slowly and gently.
  • If you breast-feed your baby (women), your breasts are heavy and sensitive. They may lose breast-milk in between feeds.
  • In the period after delivery, the woman can experience less sexual desire. Sometimes the woman’s partner is afraid of hurting her. Talk to each other about your emotions and wishes.
  • The woman's body may be permanently changed. For example: difference in weight, changed shape of belly and breasts, stretch marks on the belly … You both have to get used to this.

Talk with your partner and try to find a sex life that suits you both and is adapted to your new situation.

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