Cue the feelings of frustration, guilt and distress for both parents.
New mothers often talk about their social isolation, becoming disconnected from friends and colleagues and how their world feels like it’s shrinking.
Even in same-sex couples, the arrival of children predicts less relationship satisfaction and sex.
Beyond sexual intimacy, new parents tend to stop saying and doing the little things that please their spouses.
Parents often become more distant and businesslike with each other as they attend to the details of parenting.
Mundane basics like keeping kids fed, bathed and clothed take energy, time and resolve.
The consequences of the relationship strain can be serious.Flirty texts are replaced with messages that read like a grocery receipt.With nearly half of all births being to unmarried couples, some parents may think they have gamed the system by skipping the wedding. The relationship burden of having children is present regardless of marital status, gender orientation or level of income.It seems obvious that adding a baby to a household is going to change its dynamics.And indeed, the arrival of children changes how couples interact.