If the expecting parents live in a joint family, the role of the family is very important to the wellbeing of the mother. In India, women often stay with their in-laws for the better part of their pregnancy. While this often serves as a great support system, it may sometimes come with difficulties in the form of differences in opinion on traditional practices during pregnancy and after birth. The family can:
Ensure that the woman Is provided with nutritious food
Make her environment emotionally healthy
Be patient if she suffers from mood swings and anxiety
Be aware of the progress in her pregnancy without being intrusive
Assure her of full support in case of complications in the pregnancy
Educate themselves and those around them on the ills of gender selection, and not exert pressure on the new mother.
Respect the cultural differences between the larger family and new family that is about to begin.
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