Fear is common when you are growing another life inside you. Most women who are pregnant for the first time tend to fear about labour, childbirth and parenting. Even during pregnancy, women are constantly feared about caring for the baby inside the womb. Most of your fears are quite common based on pregnancy misconceptions and you are not alone as most soon-to-be mothers have fears about pregnancy.
How to handle these fears?
- Some of the common fears include accidently rolling over the tummy while sleeping, lose the baby, premature birth, careless food habits affecting the baby’s development, failed to lose the excess body weight, painful labour, childbirth complications or even the fear of having a baby. Remember, these are normal and you are not the only one having these fears, so relax and do not feel guilty about it.
- Learn more about pregnancy, labour and childbirth from physicians, childbirth educators, pregnancy books, antenatal classes and authentic pregnancy website. Having complete knowledge about pregnancy itself, will give you all the confidence you need to go through your delivery without fear and stress.
- Try a mind relaxing activity like meditation, yoga, workouts or reading. This will help you prepare your body as well as mind to face pregnancy and labour. It will also keep your stress and anxiety at bay.
- Do not feel guilty and suppress the pregnancy fear within yourself. Talk to your spouse, parents and gynecologist. This will help you get the support you require to get through hard times and relieve you from stress and anxiety.
- Tokophobia is the morbid fear of pregnancy and childbirth, experienced by 1 in 6 women. The fear grows from nervousness to panic and full blown anxiety that leads pregnant women to do extreme measures. It is important to consult a therapist or a counselor to get relieved from the fear and get over it.
- Imagine your baby and the good times you’re going to have with your little bundle of joy. Plan for a babymoon with your spouse or a relaxing vacation with your family or friends. Do not stress about labour and delivery as there are many medical interventions that will help you have a better childbirth experience.