Pregnancy can be a joyous, as well as a stressful time for mothers. They’re constantly worried about the health and well-being of their offspring and tread cautiously. It is only natural to have fears about the baby in your belly – so, you’re not alone there. Here are the top 7 pregnancy fears that every mother has faced at some point during her pregnancy:
- The fear of miscarrying
This is the most common fear that grapples first-time mothers. Statistics show that there’s nothing to be worried about. Less than 20 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriages. Also, most miscarriages happen within the first few weeks and many women don’t even know then that they’re expecting. The risk of miscarriage drops to 5 percent around 8 weeks when the doctor can detect a heartbeat. Remember that most miscarriages occur due to a chromosomal abnormality, which is beyond our control. However, most mothers can lower their risk by avoiding smoking or drinking alcohol, and be cutting back on caffeine.
- Morning Sickness can starve the baby
Morning sickness affects a majority of pregnant women. This leads them to worry if their fetus is getting enough nutrition. The truth is that babies absorb all the nutrition from the food that the mother eats. Unless the mother is very sick and becomes dehydrated, morning sickness is unlikely to cause any nutritional imbalance in the fetus.
- Stress can adversely harm the baby
Pregnant women experience a surge in hormones. Add to that, they’re always exhausted with so many changes going on in their body and around them and are bound to be stressed to some extent. However, this kind of stress is nothing to worry about. Most researchers have found that intermittent stress has minimal impact on an unborn baby. On the other hand, acute stress can increase a baby’s risk for premature birth. So it is important to try and calm down doing whatever they enjoy best.
- The fear of birth defects in the baby
Every mom-to-be is anxious for a positive result during every prenatal test and hopes that the baby’s development is on track. It might be worthwhile to know that the risk of a baby being born with a birth defect is only 4 percent. The best way to protect the baby is to take a multivitamin with folic acid before and during pregnancy. This helps reduce the risk of brain and spinal defects. If you have any specific concerns about birth defects, talk to the doctors at KIMS Cuddles to get a clear idea.
- The fear of premature delivery
There’s a reason that many women fear going into labor too early. It is because the rate of premature births has been steadily increasing over the last couple of decade. However, more than 70 percent of these babies are born between 34 and 36 weeks when there is no significant risk of complications or developmental issues. Maintaining good lifestyle habits, taking prenatal folic acid supplements daily and having regular prenatal check-ups may help prevent premature labor.
These are only some of the many anxieties that pregnant mothers experience while carrying their fetus. If you have any questions about your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to book your visit to KIMS Cuddles to get them answered.