Preparing to Have Children
Are you and/or your partner trying to conceive, expecting a child, or negotiating your relationship as a couple after becoming parents? Having a family can be one of the most rewarding and challenging undertakings available to us in this lifetime. Many books, magazines, or social media influencers may focus more on the “rewarding” or “Instagrammable” part of parenting, which can make our own journeys as parents feel even more discouraging, especially when experiencing fertility challenges or symptoms of postpartum depression. The truth is, more than 1 in 10 women will experience postpartum depression; new dads can also experience postpartum depression, or anxiety, and often feel that they have even less resources available to them for support.
Navigating the array of emotions and unfamiliar challenges that come with parenting, or trying to become parents, while maintaining our baseline level of functioning is no small feat. Necessary topics like fertility calendars, doctor’s appointments, and sleep (or lack of sleep) schedules can sometimes feel like they’re overriding the entire relationship.
Similarly, we’re often not prepared for the changes that may occur after having children: our relationship with each other as a couple, our relationships with friends and family, and even our relationship to our own bodies can sustain major shifts that can be disorienting.
At Take Root Therapy, we’ve worked with many individuals and couples who are negotiating their relationship with parenthood, whatever that looks like for them. Whether experiencing fertility challenges, postpartum depression, or difficulty recognizing your partner in all the chaos around growing a family, our approach at Take Root Therapy is to help you ground yourself in your own individual identity as you continue to explore your new role. As a client at Take Root Therapy, your therapist will provide a safe space for you to be vulnerable and process, and, when it’s appropriate, we will work with you to discover new strengths, resiliencies, and ways to care for yourself and your partner while exploring parenthood.