Becoming a parent is a huge adjustment in and of itself, but a diagnoses of postpartum depression (PPD) on top of this huge life change takes a toll on more than just happiness. As moms struggle to keep their daily life afloat and care for their baby, their relationships may become strained, especially their marriage. When you have PPD, it may feel like you have no more energy to put into strengthening your marriage, but if you and your partner want to recover together, focus on the signs your marriage will survive postpartum depression. Because these are the things that will help you make it to the other side.
To understand the important role a spouse or partner plays in PPD recovery, I spoke with Robyn Alagona Cutler, a marriage and family therapist specializing in maternal mental health. "Spouses are one of the first to recognize that mom is struggling, when they do, they need to assist her in getting the help that she needs," Cutler said. Adding to this idea is research which shows "that if couples learn to tend to the relationship with effective tools, this could conceivably relieve depression or likely protect from relapse," according to Psychology Today. Which is good news for those couples who believe they can weather the storm together.
It's possible that some signs your marriage will survive postpartum depression are already there, but in case you aren't sure, this list will point you in the right direction.