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How do I deal with overbearing in-laws when I'm pregnant?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Just as you're longing to care for this new life, your mom or mother-in-law is also longing to help, to pass along wisdom. Intentions may be good, but those words of wisdom can be more annoying than a broken remote control - and that can cause some serious tension. Because these cracks can become caverns, you may need to think about strategies for dealing with your relationship with your mother. Of course, one option is to talk about issues. But here's another thought: Sometimes, it might be okay to put some distance between you - to help reduce anxiety during a naturally stressful time. At the opposite end, if you, for instance are not close to your mother or have lost your mother, that can be a source of stress, too. And that's why it's important for you to find a surrogate - like a sister, aunt, or friend - who can help fill in a bit of the emptiness you may feel during this time.
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