Even if you are not usually a worrier, being pregnant can turn you into one, at least temporarily. It’s only natural to worry from time to time because you can not exactly see what is going on inside your body as the pregnancy progresses. I’m pretty sure that multiple times during each of my pregnancies I placed my hand on my belly and said “Is everything okay in there?”
Worrying can make you feel isolated sometimes. It may be helpful to know that many other pregnant women are concerned about the same things that you are. Here are three common pregnancy worries as well as some information that could help to lessen your concerns.
If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, you may fear that your baby is not getting enough nutrition. Many women experience morning sickness and go on to have healthy babies. Your baby will take full advantage of whatever you are able to keep down, so do your best, especially when it comes to taking your prenatal vitamins. Around week sixteen, most women are able to keep down a wide variety of nutritious foods so that baby can grow and gain plenty of weight through the rest of the pregnancy.
Stress is a normal part of pregnancy, but you’ve heard that it is not good for the baby. While it is true that some kinds of acute stress, like the kind that comes from losing a job or the death of a loved one, could put your baby at risk for premature birth, most everyday stress does not. Even if you do experience a tragedy, coping with it and with everyday stress effectively can make a difference for you and your baby. Things like talking to a friend, your spouse, or a counselor, exercising (if your doctor says it is ok), meditating, and getting plenty of rest can help you to become calm again.
Perhaps one of the most common pregnancy worries is that baby will make his or her arrival so quickly that you will not have time to get to the hospital (or home, if you are having a home birth). Whenever a “surprise delivery” happens, it gets plenty of media attention, but in reality it is highly unlikely. Most women labor for between 12 and 21 hours, so there’s usually plenty of “advance notice” that baby is on the way. Your doctor will give you information about what early labor feels like, and how to know when it is time to make your way to the hospital.
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