Reducing the fear of your due date

While giving birth is, of course, one of the most beautiful miracles on this Earth, without which quite literally none of us would exist, it can be a worrying process, especially the closer you draw to it. When you’re close to giving birth, you’re at your most heavy in the pregnancy. The due date is something you both look forward to and fear because on one hand, you can finally meet your little one, but on the other, you have to go through the process.

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While all mothers will likely tell you that giving birth to their child was perhaps the highlight of their life, it’s unlikely that any will have truly enjoyed the process from start to finish. It’s difficult for the obvious reasons, no matter if a natural birth or a cesarean section is utilized.

Often, the key to going through this process with confidence is to reduce your fear of the event. This can be achieved through the use of a fantastic midwife there with you every step of the way, but it’s also important to consider a range of other measures and plans you can put in place. Let’s consider what those might be together:

Ask For Help

While only you can go through the pregnancy, it’s not something you have to bear alone. Asking your family to be by your side as much as they can, relying on your partner or friends, and asking for help when you need it can truly take plenty off your mind. You’d likely be surprised as to just how willing most are to help you out. It might be that your brother is more than happy to pop round after work to help you complete a laundry load, or that your nice neighbor would love to cook for you one night a week. People band together to help those in need, and sometimes, if you’ve given to your community, you can ask for some of that help back.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your midwife or Doctor, either. It might be that you wish for more advice as to what to expect, or you wish to make a health issue you’ve just noticed known. Being communicative, receptive and present can often take the sting and the unknown out of pregnancy, including the struggle associated with your lifestyle as your stomach grows outward and makes it a little harder to get around.

Join A Pregnancy Support Group

Heading to a simple pregnancy support group once a week or fortnight can help you meet people in your situation. This group will likely consist of first-time mothers, experienced mothers, and those who have gone through difficult challenges in pregnancy and are willing to lend their support.
But of course, this isn’t some grim group meeting in which you all sit around and worry about what you’re about to experience. In fact, it might not be that you talk heavily about pregnancy at all past some anecdotes and giving loving support, or answering pressing questions you need the answers to. Instead, you’ll likely simply talk with care and mutual support, wishing the best for everyone, and enjoying communication. Simply being around people in your situation can often help, and can prevent you from feeling alone. Because after all, when we feel alone, we feel as though we’re going to go through the worst of it, and no one can help us. If nothing else, attending a group like this can help you realize just how wrong that idea is.

Know What To Expect

Many heavy changes happen to your body over the course of a pregnancy, and especially as you go into labor. It’s likely you’ve noticed your body changing and you’ll have adapted to that. However, in the late stages of pregnancy, you might feel a little bit tense. Heat palpitations and worrying symptoms of anxiety can sometimes spring up, and talking to your midwife can often help you belay these fears.

Braxton Hicks contractions can often start before going into labor, and they are perfectly normal. However, if you’re not educated on why these happen or when to expect them, or what your strategy is for getting to the hospital should the baby come calling early, you’re likely going to feel worried about the many variables that can come your way. By reading online, going through the pre-birth literature and reading self-help and parental books, and most of all liaising with your medical professionals, you’ll know what to expect, and the fear will dramatically reduce.

With these tidbits of advice, you’re sure to reduce the fear of your due date.

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