There's nothing quite as exciting as finding out you're expecting. However, with this joyous news may come a few fears as pregnant women go through both physical and emotional changes. It's totally normal to have a few scary thoughts during pregnancy, but luckily these fears usually don't come true.
Knowing you're not alone in feeling certain fears during pregnancy can also help to lessen your anxieties as you find support and comfort from your fellow expecting mothers. We found 10 of the most common fears faced by pregnant women and the realities of them happening to help relieve your mind.
10 Suffering A Miscarriage
This is one of the first thoughts any pregnant woman may have, especially during her first trimester. While miscarriages sadly do happen, it's reported the majority of pregnancies do not lead to miscarriage.
On the chance that a woman does experience a miscarriage, there are numerous support groups and other women she may reach out to in order to find consolation and encouragement. Knowing you are not alone in worrying over miscarrying and knowing you can reach out for support may help you better handle this fear.
9 Not Having A Healthy Baby
If you ask an expecting parent if they are hoping for a girl or boy, they may simply respond with "I just want a healthy baby." While every parent wants their baby to be born healthy, birth defects are not that uncommon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, birth defects as listed by the CDC include minor things such as cleft lip, which can be corrected by surgery and will not hinder a child's overall development.
There are also a few medical tests that can be done during pregnancy to track a baby's health and development to better treat any diseases. Overall, statistically, there is a greater chance your baby will be born healthy, so parents may want to focus on that fact when worrying about whether their unborn baby will have any birth defects.
8 Too Much Stress
Expecting moms may feel stress at various points during their pregnancy from work, preparing for the baby's arrival, and even dealing with family members. Too much stress can lead to headaches, sleepless nights, and even a premature baby, but we're talking high levels of stress here.
Typically, expecting moms may feel a bit of stress as they prepare for a life change, but this is normal. Normal stress levels (which many of us feel during our daily routines at some point) do not usually lead to headaches and high blood pressure. Consult your doctor, however, if you are experiencing high levels of stress that are resulting in discomfort.
7 Needing A C-Section
Sure, requiring a cesarean section may seem terrifying at first, but many women undergo this experience just fine. However, it's totally normal (and understandable) to feel apprehensive about giving birth, especially during an unplanned c-section.
While it may not be according to your birth plan, you will forget all about the fear once you are holding your newborn baby. If you find yourself consistently worrying about the need for a c-section, discuss it with your obstetrician as they can put any fears you feel to rest.
6 Going Into Labor Early
As we previously noted, today's medical field is amazing and doctors are prepared to help babies in any way possible. While this is so, premature birth is a real concern and understandably parents worry about delivering a healthy baby.
Statistically, it's more likely your pregnancy will not end in an early delivery, but it's also not uncommon. Fortunately, nurses and doctors alike surround newborn babies and parents with love and compassion as they dedicate their time to ensuring expectant mothers have healthy pregnancies and deliveries.
5 Not Losing The Baby Weight
After welcoming a new bundle of joy, mothers are faced with society's expectations of "snapping back." This term is thanks to social media and celebrities as mothers in the spotlight strive to snap back to their pre-baby body quickly, and it has the potential to put stress on new moms unfairly.
There is no real requirement for moms to hurry up and lose their baby weight... or even lose it all. Accepting and loving your body (especially after creating life) is the first step to casting aside the fear of "not losing the baby weight."
4 Going Through Labor And Delivery
This fear is completely rational and understandable as women are constantly reminded of the pains of childbirth. However, instead of focusing on what it may or may not be like when it's time to give birth, remind yourself of how strong you are.
Focusing on the permanent joy you will have after going through temporary discomfort will be more than worth it. Also, you can find ways to help make delivery a bit smoother, such as classes and exercise during pregnancy, if you want to help decrease your apprehension of the birthing process.
3 Breastfeeding Won't Happen
There seems to be a new social standard expecting women to breastfeed. While some women may have these expectations of themselves, breastfeeding is not a requirement in order to be a "good" or loving mother. It can be a great bonding experience according to some moms, but is not the only bonding time you will have with your baby.
Sometimes, breastfeeding simply is not possible for various reasons, and that's okay! It's normal to feel worry about how well breastfeeding will go, especially as a first-time mom, but just know that it's not the only option for raising a healthy and happy child.
2 Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is real and has been getting more attention in recent years thanks to celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen. It's no longer something to hide from family and friends as the symptoms can lead to moms feeling isolated and as if they are not living up to expectations as mother.
Fortunately, there are resources for moms to use, such as support hotlines, groups, and information on overcoming PPD. Knowing postpartum depression is more common than we may think can also help ease new moms feeling of fear as they know they are not alone and can seek support from others.
1 Eating The Wrong Things
It's not uncommon for expectant mothers to worry about whether their baby is getting enough nutrition during pregnancy. Some pregnant women may suffer from sickness or may not have much of an appetite at the beginning of pregnancy or throughout, but this is also not uncommon.
If you're worried about your nutrition intake, consult with your doctor on how to overcome any sickness and on what vitamins are best during your pregnancy.