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Why am I so afraid of the negative physical and health changes that come with pregnancy, child labor and birth, and early motherhood?
Pregnancy brings momentous change in all aspects of our lives, so it is quite natural to feel some fear around the unknown. The experience is different for every individual. For that reason, it may be difficult to predict how the experience will pan out. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the experience even more isolating. One important way to help mitigate these fears is to have positive, encouraging social and emotional support around you. This may include family members or friends who have been through the birthing process, a partner or spouse, a spiritual advisor, or even a therapist. It may also be helpful to have a doula (a birth coach who provides education) to help you craft a birth experience unique to your needs. I also always strongly encourage you to stay grounded in some form of spirituality or mindfulness: it will help you navigate through the unexpected hurdles and manage heightened fear.