Health Tip: After Baby is Born

Suggestions for maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner

(HealthDay News) -- When baby arrives, he or she may impact your entire life. And while the birth of a son or daughter can bring you and your partner closer, the stress of parenting and lack of sleep can be a challenge for many couples.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice on how couples can keep their relationship healthy and strong after baby is born:

  • Remember to communicate with each other clearly and often. Make time to talk.
  • Tell your partner what's bothering you, and resolve any issue as soon as possible.
  • Don't blame or accuse your partner, but tell the partner how you feel.
  • Make time for the two of you to be together, such as after baby goes to sleep.
  • Focus on what's important, and don't stress over the small things.
  • Make a list of chores and responsibilities, and make sure they're evenly divided.
  • Help your partner de-stress after a particularly bad day.
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