22 | Exploring postpartum relationships – with Gemma Smith


In our second snapshot episode, your host Gemma Smith covers a big ticket postpartum topic – postpartum relationships. 

While it’s no secret that having a baby adds pressure to a relationship – Gemma shares some of the expectations, realities, socio-cultural/ historical considerations, key skills and resources for better  understanding and  maintaining healthy postpartum relationships. 


– The Gottman Institute is the world leading institute for research-based approaches to successful relationships. They have a huge variety of paid and free resources available here:  https://www.gottman.com/ (If you seek couples therapy, it is good to ensure the person is trained in the Gottman approach).

– Courses, workshops and tooklits made my @happyasamother & @thepsychedmommy on navigating boundaries, resentment, guilt and intimacy in postpartum: https://www.momfreely.com/

– Agile programming – for your family:


– Suggested book: What no one tells you – A guide to your emotions from pregnancy to motherhood by Alexandra Sacks MD & Catherine Birndorf MD

– Suggested book: How not to hate your husband after kids by Jancee Dunn

– Suggested book: Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

– Suggested book: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Trigger warning

This episode discusses elements of postpartum relationship breakdown and historical legality of sexual assault in marriage. 


Please read my full disclaimer prior to listening – an additional disclaimer that none of the information in this podcast is aimed toward situations of abuse or domestic violence. Please contact 1800RESPECT or