A man has revealed that he is thinking of divorcing his wife because she doesn’t let him hold their newborn daughter.
Sharing his story on Reddit, the 33-year-old father explained that his wife, 31, always complained about how clumsy he was.
“I do drop things by accident when my hand hits it unknowingly and so I do agree with her. But it’s not that bad that I’m knocking over things every day,” he wrote.
The frustrated husband said that they used to ‘laugh’ it off but when his wife got pregnant, she started telling him that she wouldn’t let him hold their baby.
“I laughed it off at times and sometimes when I did take it seriously I told her there’s a difference between knocking over the TV remote and dropping a kid from your arms,” he went on.
But when their daughter was born, the husband was left stunned as his wife didn’t want him to be around their baby.
She also started panicking when he tried to pick up their child.
“It’s been a couple of months and I have not been able to hold my baby more than thrice including once when I held her at the hospital,” he revealed, adding that his wife now slept in another room with their baby.
“I suggested I’d use a child carrier to take her on walks but she refuses that too, often times suggesting that I’d tip over and fall face first,” he added.
The man thought that his wife was just overreacting and he even suggested to go to therapy together but she responded that ‘talking won’t fix his body.’
“I love my wife and my child more than myself but I cannot continue this considering how I can’t even hold my own child, play with her, take her on walks, etc.,” he added.
Reddit users expressed their concern over the new mom’s mental health, with many saying that she could be showing signs of postpartum anxiety.
One person commented: “I’d give your health visitor/midwife/doctor a call and express your concerns before the anxiety manifests itself in more harmful ways. Although preventing a father from bonding and caring for his child is harmful already.”
Another wrote: “Agreed, your wife needs to see a mental health professional.”
A third said: “Divorce or separation is just going to alienate you from your newborn more, and your wife’s anxiety might progress in dangerous directions without your ability to intervene.”
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