Family Lives would like to congratulate Prince William and Kate Middleton on news of their Pregnancy

A new baby is a bundle of joy and a bundle of work! Although newborn babies may be cause for celebration, adjusting to the demands of a newborn can be emotionally and physically exhausting, especially during the first few weeks.  Life – for Royals and Non-Royals alike - is never the same again.  It takes time for mums-to-be, and their partner if they have one, to adjust to the changes.

As well as having no time to oneself, relationships can come under strain, and it’s easy to feel that one is reaching breaking point.  As sleepless nights become the norm, mums and dads probably feel snappy and grouchy - and relationships withstand a lot of turmoil in the early weeks and months. Expectant parents should call on the support and advice of supportive friends and family during this eventful and emotional time.

Pregnant parents with questions can call Family Lives’ Helpline on 0808 800 2222 or visit www.familylives.org.uk for information.