If there's one thing that seems to be a universally shared experience among expectant parents, it's that people — from strangers to well-meaning relatives — will tell you their horror stories under the guise of helpful advice. By the time you're ready to welcome your child into the world, you've heard about everything from episiotomies gone wrong to having bowel movements in the delivery room. You've likely also been told how life will never be the same post-baby. But what are the things couples therapists want you to know about your relationship postpartum? Input and suggestions from friends and family are all well and good, but learning about what the experts — the ones whose sole job it is to give counsel — have to say about your postpartum relationship can be quite insightful.
Pretty much everyone knows that once you have a baby certain aspects of your life are bound to change. You'll get used to functioning on a ridiculously low amount of sleep, you'll surprise yourself with how well you can multi-task, and you'll understand the paradoxical feeling of loving someone so intensely while simultaneously begging them to just go to sleep. Parenthood definitely has its ups and downs. But if you're wondering how things will be for you and your partner once the baby arrives, you're not alone. So check out these things couples therapists want you to know about your relationship, postpartum.