4 in 10 New Parents Find Partner Less Attractive After Having Kids

C. Price

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New research found having children can negatively impact a couple’s relationship, especially a couple’s sex life.

The study found four out of 10 new mothers and fathers find their partner less attractive after having children, while more than 60 percent of couples stated they had more fights and less sex after childbirth.

After having children, 28 percent of couples reported having sex once a month, 5 percent reported having sex once a year and 7 percent reported not having sex at all.


“Four out of 10 new mothers and fathers find their

partner less attractive after having children.”

Researchers pointed toward disagreements about money and chores as the root of the problems, noting more than 50 percent of couples argue more about money after having children and 41 percent argue over chore completion.

However, psychologist Jo Hemmings said the origins of these problems can be found externally as well as within the relationship.

“When you make that transition from lover to mother or father, everything changes; the way society views you to your priorities to the amount of freedom you have,” she said.

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