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Why Am I So Scared of Getting Pregnant?

There can be any number things that can cause you to be scare of getting pregnant. Some of these things are realistic, and worth considering; others are not necessarily reasonable fears, and should be disregarded. Determining what is at the root of your fear is the first step in addressing it.

For some people, the fear of getting pregnant is related to the fear of being a parent. Very few people are fully confident in their ability to raise another person, especially when it is their first child or pregnancy. In fact, some self-doubt in this area is a good thing, because it will help you to be willing to learn more about how to be a good parent. The good news is that, for the most part, being a parent is something that most people can do with a relative degree of success.

In other cases, people are scared of getting pregnant because they are afraid of the pain of childbirth. Here, too, it is important to think about the fact that just about anyone can make it through the pain of childbirth. Billions of women have done it before, and billions will again. In addition, modern medical technology makes it much easier to go through the process of childbirth than it was in years past.

Other people might be scared that something will happen to their baby, either before or after it is born. While there certainly are risks, and there are things that can go wrong, the fact remains that most babies are born normal and healthy. Here again, medical technology continues to lower these risks as time goes on.

In some cases, you may have a clinical phobia. You might have tocophobia – the fear of pregnancy. Or, you might have lockiophobia – the fear of childbirth. If you believe that you may be suffering from one of these illnesses, you should discuss this with your health care provider. She may be able to refer you to a mental health specialist who is used to working with phobias.

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