The Truth About Your Top 10 Pregnancy Fears

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There are Top 10 Pregnancy Fears that you must consider while you are pregnant in order to stay healthy. While many of these items have been provided by your doctor and are very important to remember, others are not that important. Below are some of the top pregnancy fears that women experience throughout the pregnancy and information to help you decide if it is something you should be concerned with.

1. Don’t Lay on your Stomach

Many believe that laying on your side while you are pregnant has the possibility of causing harm to your child. However, this is not something that you need to worry about because your baby will have plenty of room inside of you. It is likely, however, that this position will not be comfortable and you will not enjoy laying in this position.


2. Fear of a Miscarriage

Many women worry that they will have a miscarriage while they are pregnant. However, you can usually not worry about this because less than 20% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage and after the heartbeat is discovered this drops to about 5%.


3. Morning Sickness

Women who have severe morning sickness may worry that their babies are not getting enough food to eat. However, babies are very good at absorbing all the nutrients from the food that they are given. Typically, women who have morning sickness are able to deliver healthy babies unless they become severely hydrated.


4. Eating or Drinking the Wrong thing

Diet is an important part of the pregnancy and women tend to fear that they will eat the wrong thing and harm their baby. However, there is no true guideline and there is no magical formula to make sure that you are eating all the right things to keep your baby healthy. Although you should try to eat as healthy as possible, it is unlikely that you will eat something and harm your child.


5. Stress will harm the baby

Studies have shown that severe stress can be harmful to pregnancy. However, day-to-day stress typically has no effect on an unborn child because you have already become accustomed to the stress. It is best if you can attempt to avoid stress while you are pregnant because it may make your pregnancy symptoms easier on you.


6. Birth Defects

Wanting to have a healthy baby is natural, but some women worry that their child will have a birth defect when they are born. While this is a common fear, is really not something you should worry about too much because there is only about a 4% chance that your child will have a birth defect.


7. Premature labor

Many women worry that they may give birth prematurely and cause harm to their baby. However, most premature births are born between 34 and 36 weeks. These births are not likely to have major complications or developmental issues because they are far enough along in the pregnancy before they are born.


8. Losing the Weight

Gaining weight is an important part of being pregnant, but it can be a fear of women who are pregnant that they will never be able to lose the weight that they gained while they are pregnant. Statistics show that there are about 14 to 20% women who keep on some of their pregnancy weight, but there are many ways that you can to get it back off again.


9. Fear of Complications

When women are having a child, one of the main fears that they have is having a birth related complication like preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. However, these issues are not that common and preeclampsia is only seen in about 5% to 8% of women.


10. Sex

There are many things that women fear about having sex after the baby is born. Many believe that it will never be the same again because they are worried that their body will never return to the same shape than it was in before. However, this is not true at all and as long as you give your body some time to heal, you will be back to normal before you know it.


11. Conclusion

When women are pregnant they tend to fear many things. While some are important concerns, others can be put out of the mind because they are unfounded fears. It is important to attempt to stay unaffected by these fears so that the stress from your pregnancy does not affect the health of you or your baby.

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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.