People often talk about the joys of being pregnant and how excited they are. But what scares you the most about being pregnant? What concerns do you have? Being concerned and having fears during your pregnancy is absolutely normal. No matter if this is your first pregnancy or fifth. I don't know about you but knowing that I will be completely responsible for someone else's well being other than my own scared the heck out of me. Even today I still question whether or not I am doing this thing right. But each day I find the courage to keep going and keep trying. Making the decision to parent is a big one and it's going to bring some fears along with it.
1. Fear of losing your baby (miscarriage) This is a valid concern, being someone that has gone through two myself I can say that I can completely understand. However it's important to remember that the risk of miscarriage is low. Also, most miscarriages happen in the first few weeks of pregnancy, before the majority of women even realize that they are pregnant. If your pregnancy does result in miscarriage please know that the chances of a second miscarriage do drop to five percent. Most miscarriages can't be avoided and are caused by chromosome issues. One thing to remember is, don't smoke or drink alcohol, and even try to reduce your intake of caffeine during pregnancy. This will help to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
2. Concerns that your baby may have birth defects. There is a low rate of babies that are born with birth defects. It's also encouraging to know that most birth defects are treatable. Remember to get your folic acid and eat a healthy balanced diet.
3. Labor Pain! That was a big one for me. I would be lying to you if I told you that being in labor is a walk in the park. It isn't but I am here to tell you that you can do it. If you are familiar with me and my previous blogs you know that I did deliver one of my daughter's naturally, no drugs! I did it. Yes it was uncomfortable but I did it. You will too!There are so many different options and techniques that help with discomfort during labor. Research these techniques and speak with your provider about your options such as an epidural or laboring in water. Remember you've got this!
What are some of your fears? Please feel free to share!
Certified Pregnancy Health Coach