4 Common Fears Surrounding Childbirth

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Fear of childbirth is a natural reaction for many first time mothers.  Since there are so many different kinds of stories surrounding the process, it can leave women feeling preoccupied about what could go wrong.

However, despite how much you be convinced that something is bound to go wrong, it’s important to stay positive.  Worrying too much could negatively impact your experience and your ability to enjoy the moment.  Because of the advances of modern day technology, chances are that whatever curveballs are thrown your way that the results will be successful.  You’ll be holding your baby in your arms in no time.

Here are some of the most common fears surrounding childbirth and some tips for easing your worries. 

Emergency C-Section:

The idea of being cut open wide awake and a doctor reaching inside of you can be unsettling, to say the least.   There may be a lot of fear about the recovery process, or what permanent changes such a surgery will have on your stomach.

However, c-sections are a reasonably quick process with today’s modern advances. Not only are scars often barely detectable, but there are surgeries available to mask the effects even further.

Some women fear a c-section because they have heard that they may not bond with their baby as much as during natural delivery.  However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Through skin to skin contact and natural instincts, c-section babies are just as bonded with their mothers following delivery.

Pain:

So many women talk about the pain surrounding labor that it’s not shocking that so many women fear it.  However, the truth is that labor pains are an indication of healthy birth and that your body is doing what it needs to do.

Your body is a wondrous thing which was designed to handle the stress of childbirth.  Additionally, there are options for pain relief.  Whether it’s a warm bath of water, massage, a birthing ball, or pain medication.

By preparing yourself for labor with pain coping methods, you will find that your pain threshold is actually much higher than you ever imagined. You were made for this!

Episiotomy:

At the first thought of what an episiotomy is, most women shudder.  For many years it was believed to help reduce tearing.  However, recent evidence shows that allowing your body to do its work naturally is ideal.

Nowadays, if an episiotomy is performed, it is because of an emergency in order to ensure the baby is born quickly.

Poop During Labor:

Birth is a messy process no matter how you look at it. There are all sorts of liquids and blood, which is entirely normal.

Pooping during labor does happen.  However, nurses and doctors are used to this occurrence and are prepared to handle it.  There’s no need to be embarrassed about anything that happens in the delivery room.  Just focus on delivering a healthy baby!

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