The Halloween Edition...
What does a pregnant women fear most?
Hint: It's not giving birth to an alien:)
While it’s natural to have some anxiety & fears during pregnancy, knowing the facts should help to dispel those fears.
So what does a pregnant women fear most?
The #1 fear is pregnancy is miscarriage. Here are the facts... About 20% of pregnancies do end miscarriage, but most of those are within the first few weeks of gestation when many women don’t even know that they were pregnant. Then, after about 6-8 weeks the risk of miscarriage drops to less than 5%.
The 2nd most common fear is that your baby will have a Birth Defect. Here are the facts... The risk of your baby having a birth defect is less than 4% and of that percentage most birth defects are considered insignificant abnormalities…many of which go away soon after birth causing no longterm health issues.
The 3rd most common fear is premature labour. Here are the facts...While never ideal, 70% of premature births happen between 34 and 36 weeks; by that time most babies are fairly well developed avoiding any serious complications or developmental delays.
And lastly, the 4th most common fear is that labour and delivery will be too hard and too painful to endure. This fear can sometimes be so profound that it can become a pathological illness known as Tokophobia - derived from the Greek works “Tokos” (meaning birth) and phobos (meaning fear). Here are the facts... Women have been giving birth since the dawn of time – your body is made to give birth. Learn all you can about healthy physiological births, pain management techniques, natural comfort measures and the pros and cons of the various pain medications available.
Bottom line… While pregnancy and birth may be new to you and is always unpredictable, educating yourself on the facts should help to dispel any irrational and unfounded fears. Do all you can to stay healthy. Eat a well-balanced diet, avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest and the odds are in your favour that you will be holding your healthy, happy baby very soon.
From my heart to yours,