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Feel Like My Fiancée’s Family Doesn’t Care about Our Baby

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Me and my sister in law are both pregnant right now. And I’ve been noticing the inconsistency of level of care about our baby from my fiancée side of the fam. This situation really has me depressed, and unsure what to do. for starters my sister in law and that side of the family has made it a competition between the babies, I don’t want it to be a competition. It always who can do what first. Then we notice that their side of the family doing all these things for their baby and not ours.if we happen to go visit them, and someone asks about our baby, someone always brings up the other baby and that the other baby “does it bigger” basically. And they are always all over my sister in laws belly, never once mine. They have literally cried over feeling her belly, never even touched mine once. No one ever asks how my baby is doing. I just want it to be equal, and I don’t know what to do. I need some serious advice. I don’t want this to continue when both the babies are here (which will be very soon), I don’t want my child noticing it either.

Feel Like My Fiancée’s Family Doesn’t Care about Our Baby

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Thank you for explaining this situation. How unfortunate that this share joyous event is turning into a competition.

The experience of being left out or ignored as part of the situation is what needs to be addressed. First, I would have a talk with your fiancé about what is happening and why. Does the family have a bias against the pregnancy because you were not married first? Is your fiancé on the outs with his family? Do they have a resentment against you for some reason? The key to understanding why this is happening is in understanding the reasons behind it. Of course, they may be superficial reasons or unconscious ones, but having a talk with your fiancé about this may be helpful in uncovering being slighted. This can also help decide the best mode of action for remediation.

The fact that they are treating you both so differently may not be something they are consciously aware of. As a way of fostering a connection, I would include yourself into the mix and have your fiancé facilitate this. If they are touching her belly and not yours inviting them to feel the baby might be something you and your fiancé can offer. Join in the attention to your future sister-in-law and invite her to share time and information with you. Make yourself and your willingness to engage known to them.

It way also help for you to take on a role where you are asking questions of your sister-in-law or other members of the family. You having this need from them may be part of what shifts the dynamic. Discussing this with your future husband can give you both a sense of connection during this, as well as support.

Anxiety during pregnancy about, well, everything, is a well-known phenomenon. Here is an article you may find interesting about this.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

 

Feel Like My Fiancée’s Family Doesn’t Care about Our Baby

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2019). Feel Like My Fiancée’s Family Doesn’t Care about Our Baby. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/09/16/feel-like-my-fiancees-family-doesnt-care-about-our-baby/
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