Carrie Underwood Shares the Ways Having a Baby Changed Her Marriage (VIDEO)

When you become a parent, your life completely changes. Sure, you might be able to get back into that pre-baby pair of jeans, but things won't always be the same -- including your relationship. Carrie Underwood admits that her baby changed her marriage.

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The 32-year-old American Idol alum opens up to People, where she gushes about her love for her 10-month-old baby boy, Isaiah, and how he completely changed life for her and her husband, Mike Fisher.

Married since 2010, Carrie and Mike's newfound family of three required a bit of adjusting, as the pair don't exactly have the typical gig (Carrie's a popular musician and Mike is a professional hockey player). While things like schedules will naturally have to change, Carrie focuses on the importance of communicating in her marriage. One thing the couple tries to do is check in with each other to make sure their individual needs are being met.

I can dig it.

All right, so the concept of a child's changing your marriage might seem like a "duh!" moment, but sometimes you don't truly know how things will be until you actually experience them. It's kinda like the whole pregnancy thing: You can study What to Expect When You're Expecting like it's the Holy Grail, but that doesn't mean you'll automatically be an expert in the delivery room -- or as a parent, for that matter.

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With a 1 1/2-year-old and now-4-month-old, my husband and I are still trying to get this whole parenting thing down (we'll settle for a quasi-clean home and at least seven hours of sleep). Both of our children are different and have individual needs. As much as I think we're doing a good job juggling home life and work (I'd give us an A-/B+), sometimes our time together does have to go on the back burner. We can't Netflix and chill like we used to without babies, but we do our best to find a way (one time we watched movies in our master bedroom closet to switch things up, tried to "chill," and fell asleep ... Okay, I fell asleep, but it's the thought that counts, right?).

Obviously a baby is going to need a ton of TLC, but that doesn't mean you don't try to keep your fires burning. Even if you can't swing from the chandeliers anymore (sorry, Sia), you adapt and adjust as much as possible.

I love the idea of checking in with your partner, and I think that honest dialogue can lead to more solutions. For all you know, you or your boo thang might have an emotional (or physical, let's keep it real) need that needs a little stroking, but you don't say anything because the baby is the top priority. Rather than slip into a roommate situation, why not try to put forth some effort to keep your relationship on track?


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