I’m ter­ri­fied of giv­ing birth

Woman (UK) - - From The Surgery -

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.

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