Keeping their marriage on track is a greater source of stress for women than raising their children according to a recent study.
The research was carried out by a team at the University of Padova and they found that making a marriage work is twice as stressful as raising kids.
The study found that 75% of women think they did the majority of the household tasks such as cleaning, cooking and raising the children.
One of the main sources of stress for women was a lack of support from their husband, with one in five saying they did not feel they were given enough help by their spouse.
The research also found that the health of men deteriorates quickly after their wife passes away.
In contrast, the health of women actually improves once their husband passes away.
Dr Caterina Trevisan, of the University of Padova, led the study. She said: “Widows cope better than widowers with the stress deriving from the loss of a partner.
“Since women generally have a longer lifespan than men, married women may also suffer from the effects of caregiver burden, since they often devote themselves to caring for their husband in later life.”