The transition to parenthood can be exhilarating, demanding and exhausting — and it can strain even the sturdiest of relationships. You owe it to yourselves, and your baby, to make sure your relationship is on sure footing.
Attending sessions before your baby arrives will help you:
* Establish expectations for spousal/parent roles & responsibilities — It is so much better to talk through your preferences and hopes NOW before things get hectic. Anything you can do to head off future conflict will lessen your stress level later, when you’ll need to devote your energy toward looking after your newborn.
* Prepare emotionally for what lies ahead — Most couples have anxiety about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. It’s important to talk through these fears with your partner to ensure that you’re each supporting the other in the most effective way possible, so you can feel close and connected.
* Improve communication — Being able to communicate needs and desires is essential to any relationship. Building these skills as you approach a major life transition will ensure that your relationship endures no matter what challenges you encounter down the road.
* Resolve recurring conflict or differences of opinion — You’ve likely discovered that you tend to argue about the same things over and over again. It makes sense to change some of your conflict patterns now so that your child is not exposed to harmful arguing, and so your relationship is on track to last a lifetime.