I’m terrified of giving birth
Q I’m four months pregnant with my second child and I am terrified of labour. Last time, I needed forceps and then had stitches. The thought of going through it again fills me with fear and now I feel worried and sad all the time. A I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this. It must be stressful but also exhausting to live with such worry. Tocophobia is the fear of childbirth and is thought to affect 6-10% of women, to varying degrees. It’s important that you go to your doctor and your antenatal team and explain how you are feeling.
Hopefully you will be able to get some therapy. Also, there are medications which can be used for anxiety and depression during pregnancy which are safe for both you and the baby, so please do ask for help. Your antenatal team may also be able to discuss the option of having a caesarean delivery.