I'm pregnant. My boyfriend doesn't treat me very well, and I'm worried it might be bad for my baby. How can I get out of an abusive relationship?– Hadley* Abuse — physical, sexual, or emotional — is never OK. You need to get out of the relationship for your sake and your baby's. Abuse of any kind during pregnancy can lead to a miscarriage, early (preterm) labor, or other health problems for you and your baby. Here are some steps to take: Start by talking to someone you trust, maybe a family member, trusted friend, doctor, nurse, counselor, teacher, or faith leader. Telephone and online directories list local abuse and family violence hotline numbers that you can call for help. Or call the National Domestic Violence hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233). If your partner has physically hurt you, don't wait. See a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room right away to get the care you need. If it's not safe for you in your home, find a safe place to go. Stay with a relative or friend, find a shelter for battered women, or contact an abuse hotline for help. Have a back-up plan. Gather some cash and important documents — your passport, Social Security card, credit cards, bank account information — and stash them in a safe place. Then pack a suitcase with toiletries, extra clothes, and spare house and car keys and leave it at a friend's or relative's house. This way you'll be prepared if you have to quickly get away from your partner. Leaving someone you have a past with is a hard thing to do. But now is the time to put the health and safety of you and your baby first. *Names have been changed to protect user privacy. Back to Articles Related Articles Pregnancy & Newborn Center Advice and information for expectant and new parents. Read More Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy Pregnancy brings a mix of feelings, and not all of them are good. It can be even harder if you're dealing with depression or anxiety. Read More Medical Care During Pregnancy The sooner in pregnancy good care begins, the better for the health of both moms and their babies. Here's what to expect. Read More Staying Healthy During Pregnancy During your pregnancy, you'll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you - read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. Read More Abusive Relationships Abuse has no place in love. Read this article to find out how to recognize the signs of abuse and how you can get help. Read More Abuse Abuse can take many forms. This article talks about recognizing abuse, its effects, and what someone who is being abused can do. Read More Am I in a Healthy Relationship? Does your boyfriend or girlfriend treat you as well as you treat him or her? Does your BF or GF support you in good times as well as bad? Does he or she get who you really are? Find out if you're in a healthy relationship. Read More Preventing Premature Birth Babies who are born premature - before 37 weeks of pregnancy - can have health problems that last their whole lives. Learn ways to prevent early labor and have a healthy pregnancy. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.