Pregnancy is associated with a rollercoaster of emotions. Some couples are overjoyed to discover a pregnancy, while others who were not planning for it are caught off guard and unsure how to feel.
Has your relationship become strained amidst an unplanned pregnancy? Does your partner get violent or physical during arguments? Has your partner used threatening language or talked down to you in front of your friends?
Healthy vs. Abusive Relationships
If you answered “yes” to a couple of the above questions but still aren’t sure if your current relationship is abusive, here’s a deeper dive to help bring some clarity.
In a healthy relationship, you should always feel safe and secure, unafraid of bodily harm. Both you and your partner trust one another and respect each other’s opinions, even when you disagree with each other. A thriving relationship is one where you can be honest and open with your partner about your needs and desires without fear of retribution.
Unhealthy, Abusive Relationships
On the other hand, unhealthy or abusive relationships are uncomfortable and fearful. Does your partner control all the finances and make it difficult for you to get the things you need? Has your partner ever hit you during an argument or threatened your life?
Abuse is never justified. Help is always available through the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 800-799-7233. If you ever feel your life is in danger, call 911.
Finding A Safe Place
If you believe you are in an abusive relationship, the abuse will likely increase as your pregnancy continues. An abusive partner can often become jealous for attention during pregnancy and escalate their emotional or physical actions.
Staying in an abusive relationship is dangerous, but getting out can be complicated. At Mosaic Health, we offer women a wide variety of pregnancy services to support each unique situation. Our center provides a safe place to ask questions and get answers.
Call us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment. We’re here for you.