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How to avoid mental stress during pregnancy?

I m 16 wk pregnant and I have depression which is normally under control. However, my boyfriend is always stressing on me or upsetting me he also said something last night that I really cannot forgive. He doesnt seem to understand that this stress is inevitablly going to kick start my depression as its already having a debilitating effect on me. I have been extremely lucky not to have many pregnancy symptoms, however when he stresses me out I have jaw pain, neck pain, back ache, and severe headaches (think they are migraines) and this is all down to him stressing me which makes me freeze up, get no sleep and irritates my TMJ disorder, causing the headaches (I never got them befoore pregnancy-and I dont want them to stay!!!) I have spoke to him time & time again crying begging him to stop. This is not just a matter of oestrogen levels rising he s alsways been this way with me. What can I do? Should I avoid him till my baby is due? He is doing more harm than good. Is there any literature out there specifically for this problem-making him see that he cant keep doing this-he needs to get his stress out elsewhere & be more empathetic towards me. He isnt given me any emotional support Im scared about the effects of cortisol on the baby- it causes all sorts of problems- doubles risk of still birth & other social/mental/emotional& physical problems. He needs to stop or get out!!!!!
Tue, 12 Apr 2016
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Hi,
Thanks for the query. I understand your concern.
Healthy pregnancy demands good nutrition, good exercises, good medication & regular pregnancy check ups, good & optimum exercises under expert guidance & a happy, positive & sound mind. Deviation of any factor directly affects fetus.
You have a psychological stress problem, specially with a particular person. The management of such stress requires efforts from both of you.
You start with your own efforts Start doing meditation/ mind concentration regularly Take help of some Yoga guru in your town & start practicing it. along with exercises./ few sittings of psychological counselar would help./ Try to avoid points of dispute with the person .
Take boyfriend to your doctor/ family counselor . They will explain importance of psychological stability & positivity in pregnancy. They will also advise him few methods to avoid dispute / he may be given counseling .
Thus try wholeheartedly & both of you will bypass the conflict & a happy companionship.
In case, he is not responding , you can think of avoiding him till you get delivered.
Thanks.
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