Healthy Mind & Relationships

A healthy mind and healthy relationships are important parts of a healthy life. To reduce stress and other negative feelings during pregnancy, you should:

  • Avoid smoking, drinking and taking illegal drugs
  • Practice mental wellness and give yourself chances to de-stress
  • Build strong relationships with your partner, family, and friends

Mental Health

For some women, their mental health can change during or after pregnancy. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) include mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, and mood instability.

Without treatment, mental illness during pregnancy can have lasting negative effects on relationships, infants, and families. If you or your partner are struggling with mental health, see your doctor or contact OCLinks for assistance.

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Healthy Relationships

In a healthy relationship, you should be able to talk about problems, share your thoughts, be yourself, and feel safe — always. Healthy relationships are built on respect, trust, and support.

The attention your baby will need may affect the time you have for others. Keeping up good relationships with your partner, family, and friends will create a healthy environment for your baby.


Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence

An unhealthy or violent relationship is bad for you and the health of your pregnancy. If your partner tries to control you, threatens you, or hurts you in any way, these are signs of an unhealthy relationship.

If you think you are in an unhealthy relationship, you may feel trapped or guilty, but it’s not your fault. Please seek help now.

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