A new study suggests that a child can spark very real feelings of jealousy and fear for a partner who is already feeling abandoned by their partner.
The study found that partners who displayed signs of anxiety about their relationship before the birth of a first child were more likely feel jealous because of the child after birth.
Researchers dispelled some myths about new babies. Many would think it impossible to be jealous of a new baby.
Though when one is already feeling fear of rejection the extra attention spent on the new child can feel like a betrayal. Immediately after the birth of the first child can be an extremely difficult time on a couple and this kind of jealously can exacerbate the situation.
The research team believes their new study fits directly into the discourse on relationships and childbirth which has found many links between child rearing and dissatisfaction in romantic relationships.