Someone experiencing a breakup during a pregnancy is likely to encounter a rollercoaster of emotions. Those caused by the relationship ending should be addressed before the child is born; babies are affected by their parents emotions, and will be prone to taking on their parents emotions as their own. This is why it is of the utmost importance to be proactive during the pregnancy in working to divorce amicably.
Expecting parents who are going through a divorce will need to make the decision about what parenting will look like as a divorced couple. This can seem like an impossible task since divorce tends to make individuals focus on winning battles rather than finding compromise. Remember, even though you will no longer be married, your child will forever tie you to one another, and their well-being should take precedence over any ill feelings toward one another.
Couples counseling can ease some of the difficulty you are likely to experience during this difficult transition, and is a way of addressing the pain of the breakup before the child is brought into the world. A therapist can also help divorcing couples negotiate what co-parenting will look like after the birth of the child. The therapists at Philadelphia MFT are trained to alleviate some of the inevitable stress divorcing couples face by providing structure to a very chaotic and confusing transition. To schedule a consultation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This topic of the week post was written by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT