During pregnancy and post-pregnancy, emotions and expectations are high and there is a lot of excitement and fear. Even when everything goes well, we can feel overwhelmed, and when complications arise it can be devastating.
In fact, trying to conceive ranks as one of the highest areas of distress among couples, and they often feel a rollercoaster of emotion when trying to get pregnant and/or little communication about the subject. There is no other experience that matches that of a couple wanting a baby and being challenged with not being able to conceive. And this can put major strain on a relationship – it brings up feeling of failure, guilt, anger and sadness. We help our couples by create a comfortable, safe environment to share feeling and help them develop coping methods.
Pregnancy is yet another life event with high emotion. For the mother, you’re experiencing changes in your body and emotions. And partners have to determine their new role and how to emotionally prepare for welcoming the new baby. Changes begin well before the little one arrives, and for many people, it can be unsettling.
Lastly, raising children is a whole other ball game that requires a lot of change, patients and adjusting from both parents. There is no “manual” on how to raise children and many parents can feel insecure, confused and frustrated when they are faced with these new challenges and milestones.
Did you know that infertility is a medical condition, not a sexual disorder? Or that most couples survive the infertility crisis and learn new ways to deepen their relationships and future? Slowing down and appreciating your children, their appearances, expressions, how their hand feels in yours, increased “feel-good” chemicals in your brain? If you want to learn more about this topic, we’ve provided links to additional information and resources.