It’s only natural to worry a bit throughout your pregnancy – after all, it’s a completely new experience. We bust some common pregnancy fears to put your mind at rest.
What if I have a miscarriage?
Only around 10 to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and more than 80% of these take place before 12 weeks – usually in the earlier part of the first trimester. This means that with every week that passes, your risk of having a miscarriage lessens.
What if my baby is born prematurely?
At your regular check-up, your healthcare provider will assess you for any of the early warning signs of labour, and will intervene if there is any sign of a problem. Less than 1% of babies are born premature – even so, it’s important to remember that the majority of babies born after 26 weeks gestation survive, and most babies born after 30 weeks gestation have no lasting complications.
How will I cope with the pain of labour?
Every woman copes differently with labour and childbirth. There are many pain-relief options available, so discuss your concerns with your doctor or midwife who will be able to advise you. It also helps to attend classes to prepare you for what’s to come.
Will I do something really embarrassing during childbirth?
Many women are afraid that they will swear, scream or have embarrassing bodily functions during labour and birth. Don’t worry – the doctors, nurses and midwives have seen it all and your partner will think you’re a hero no matter what happens.
What if my baby isn’t healthy?
Only around 3% of babies have some kind of birth defect – and most major issues are picked up by your healthcare provider before the birth. In all likelihood, you will have a happy, healthy baby, but if your baby does have a birth defect, modern science will ensure that she has the best treatment and quality of life.
Are my stress levels harming my baby?
While stress hormones can have an impact on your baby’s growth, only extreme and ongoing cases are a problem. If you are chronically stressed, try to do something that calms you down, like yoga or reading a book, to give your baby – and yourself – a break.
What if I eat or drink something that I shouldn’t?
Most of the warnings about the dangers of certain foods are to protect you and your baby from the very slight chance of a bad reaction or infection. The foods themselves are not actually toxic. If you accidentally eat a bit of undercooked meat or salmon, the chances of anything going wrong are so slim that they’re not worth worrying about.
Will I ever be thin again?
Many women who were fit and trim before they fell pregnant return easily to their pre-baby shape. Those who don’t have to try a little harder. Fortunately, the outcome is in your hands – but don’t focus on it too much and enjoy the early days and months with your baby.
What if my waters break in public?
Unlike in the movies, most labours don’t start with waters breaking and, even if they do, it’s often a trickle rather than a gush. If you beat the odds and your labour begins with a public breaking of your waters, so what? Most people will be delighted to have been there for something that exciting..
Will I be a good mother?
The fact that you’re worrying about it means you probably will be. There is no secret to being a good mother, but starting with the right intentions and continuing with a whole lot of love is all you need.
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