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Pregnancy and Motherhood:The Feminine Podium of Generating Healthy Object-Relations


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Pregnancy and motherhood are important phases in the lives of both parents, in their relationship and the relationship with their baby. The mother appears to be the central figure in the infant's emotional-relationship based life and mothering seems to be the medium of absorbing experiences of internal and external objects. Mothering formsthepedestalofobject-relationsofthe infant. lnfact,mother-childinteractionandinter-relations strongly hold ground to develop a sense of sound subject-object relations. Mental health of mothers thus is of immense importance in installing healthy reality relations of their children. The present paper deals with a discourse on "motherhood constellation" in the Hfe-growth thematic context. The motherhood trilogy discusses how the self-identity of a woman attains a transition m the canvas of pregnancy Primary mental representations of the mother enable her to identify with the experiences of her infant by means of reflection leading to subtle adjustments m relation to her handling of her baby and mature subject-object relations.

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Pregiancy, Motherhood, Object-Relations.
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Nilanjana Sanyal
Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
Manisha Das Gupta
Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

Abstract


Pregnancy and motherhood are important phases in the lives of both parents, in their relationship and the relationship with their baby. The mother appears to be the central figure in the infant's emotional-relationship based life and mothering seems to be the medium of absorbing experiences of internal and external objects. Mothering formsthepedestalofobject-relationsofthe infant. lnfact,mother-childinteractionandinter-relations strongly hold ground to develop a sense of sound subject-object relations. Mental health of mothers thus is of immense importance in installing healthy reality relations of their children. The present paper deals with a discourse on "motherhood constellation" in the Hfe-growth thematic context. The motherhood trilogy discusses how the self-identity of a woman attains a transition m the canvas of pregnancy Primary mental representations of the mother enable her to identify with the experiences of her infant by means of reflection leading to subtle adjustments m relation to her handling of her baby and mature subject-object relations.

Keywords


Pregiancy, Motherhood, Object-Relations.