Pregnancy Fears (and Why You Shouldn’t Worry)
Going through a pregnancy can be a challenging time. Before you got pregnant, your only concern was with your own health. Now, though, you have to cater to the needs of a child as well.
All sorts of thoughts can run through your mind. They concern your body, your mind, and even how your lifestyle is going to change.
In this post, we take a look at some common pregnancy worries and why you shouldn’t fear them.
Your Child Will Have A Defect
Many mums-to-be have to hold their breath before every prenatal test, worrying about the nurse will find something wrong with their child. It’s a terrifying experience because you never know whether the baby is growing normally or not.
The chances of birth defects are actually quite low – usually around 4 percent. What’s more, the vast majority of these are minor and easily corrected after birth.
But even if you do have a child with a defect, that’s no reason for concern. It’s just a part of life, and that’s a happy thing.
You’ll Go Into Labour Before Your Baby Is Ready
Premature births are common these days. The rate of babies born between 34 and 36 weeks has risen more than 70 percent over the last few decades, suggesting that there’s something wrong with the way we’re living.
The good news, though, is that modern technology is keeping pace. Babies born prematurely now routinely survive and live full, happy lives. It’s no longer a disadvantage.
You’ll Never Lose Baby Weight
It’s natural to gain weight while you’re pregnant. That’s because your body’s hormones change and you have to muster the resources to grow a child inside you. This process can lead to a lot of women fearing that they’ll never lose their baby weight.
Turns out, though, that that’s not true. The biggest predictor of postpartum weight is actually your prepartum lifestyle. Most women go back to their former lives after having a baby, eating the same healthy food, and taking the same amount of exercise.
Plus, if you haven’t yet gotten on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon, there’s always time. You’re never too old. Never!
You Have Complications
Conditions such as pregnancy-related diabetes and preeclampsia (high blood pressure) are common in pregnancies. When your doctor diagnoses them, they can seem a little scary. But, remember, they’re just changes in your body due to hormones. And, for the most part, they will subside once the baby is born.
Fortunately, neither of these conditions need to affect your baby when adequately treated. Just be sure to speak with your doctor and get them to carry out regular tests throughout the pregnancy. They’ll know what to look for.
Your Sex Life Will Suffer
You worry that once you have a baby, your sex life will never be the same again. You fear that the baby will make it so you never feel “right” down there.
While some women experience damage to their bodies during childbirth, it’s worth remembering that the body has a knack for returning to its natural state. So even if you feel a little out of shape for the first few weeks, things will return to normal in the full course of time. You can also go to the doctor and get them to provide help if sex hurts for the first few months. Remember, more than 70 percent of women are back to normal sex within 6 months of giving birth – remarkable!
Labor Will Be Too Painful For You
Giving birth is a natural part of life. And, when it happens, you’ll notice how your body just takes over. Don’t fight it. Instead, go with the flow. Let things unfold as they must.
Many women worry about the pain of childbirth, but it is very much a case of mind over matter. Here, some women go into the process fearing the worst, while others feel safe and confident. Remember, there will be experienced people around you providing assistance so you won’t be alone. Plus, you’re able to take gas which allows you to remain calm, even if the labour continues for some time.
It’ll Be Gross
Lastly, you might worry that the delivery will be gross. Mostly, however, that perception is in your minds. Doctors and nurses deliver babies every day, so nothing really affects them any more. You might poop on the delivery table or throw up on your partner. But that doesn’t matter. It’s all part of the show. What matters is the delivery of the baby.
I know pregnancy worries are common in all mothers, but please try not to worry. Besides too much worry can be bad for you too! Try to relax and take it easy. You are growing a new human life after all! You can read more pregnancy and birth tips and advice here.