Dispelling the Fears of Pregnancy
Excited. Happy. Nervous. Scared. Having a whirlwind of emotions is normal when you are pregnant, and it’s also normal to be worried (even frightened) about the many changes you are experiencing and the new world that lies ahead. Going through pregnancy is a life-changing event and while some of your fears may be logical, the glut of information in the media and online can cause expectant moms to worry and stress out about problems that aren’t likely to happen.
I will eat something that harms my baby
It’s not surprising that many moms worry about eating or drinking foods or beverages that will hurt their baby. And when it comes to nutrition, an over-abundance of online information, both true and false, makes it easy to obsess over this fear. The good news is that there aren’t many foods you need to avoid except for the major ones like raw meat and seafood, unpasteurized dairy products and alcohol. Listen to your doctor but as long as you are eating a healthy diet, food is a fear you can take off your list.
I will never, ever lose my baby weight
When it seems like every bite you take adds a pound and you even gain weight while sleeping, skyrocketing body weight can push many expectant moms over the worry edge. Of course your body is changing but weight gain is healthy and normal, and if your doctor isn’t concerned, try to ignore this fear. When you eat healthy, nutritious food and exercise regularly during and after your pregnancy, the added weight will disappear.
I will freak out during the delivery and my doctor will hate me
Let’s be honest: having a baby can feel like getting on a roller coaster for the first time. You know it might be scary but you’re not sure how you will react. The truth is the medical professionals assisting you have seen it all and are there to help you have a safe and comfortable delivery. And they won’t judge you if you ask for pain relief and don’t choose a “natural” birth. Talk about your concerns with your doctor and don’t be afraid to share them with your friends or family–you’ll discover your fears are normal!
I will be a terrible mom
Worries about being a “good” mom are normal, especially for first-time mothers. The stress of pregnancy and planning and all the advice you are probably getting–asked for and unasked for–can only add to your fears. Joining a support group and taking parenting classes are an excellent way to gain confidence. Ask your doctor, nurse or other moms for recommendations.
Worrying is a normal part of pregnancy but talking openly about your fears and taking care of you is the best way to separate rational from irrational anxiety. We think spa treatments like massage and facials, and the spa atmosphere, can help expectant mothers relax. Check out these guidelines for safe and effective spa treatments that will soothe your mind and body and have you smiling more and worrying less.