We're excited to announce our new partnership with BabyCenter! Every week, we'll be bringing you the best parenting and lifestyle stories from the experts over on BabyCenter. We're kicking things off with one mama-to-be, Jenny Atkinson's, fears about having a baby.
I’m thrilled to be having a baby, but there are a few aspects that terrify me! Some are funny and others serious, and here’s a list of what frightens me the most:
- I'm scared of accidentally eating something I'm not supposed to. Between unpasteurized cheese, caffeine, and more, I'm probably going to mess up at some point!
- Hiding the pregnancy . . . I'm not ready to announce my pregnancy, but I'm pretty sure that suspicions have already been aroused. Among other things, how many times can I pass up a glass of wine before someone starts to notice? Will people figure it out before the early risks have passed?
- That brings me to miscarriage. I'm trying not to be scared, but who knows what will happen. The good news is that we conceived fairly easily, but I would still be devastated if it happened.
- Refusing old baby gear from my parents. My mom is a bit of a hoarder and has saved everything from my childhood. I'm not looking forward to telling her there's no way we can use the crib or high chair that's been in her basement for 20-plus years!
- The question: "How are you feeling?" My answer is probably going to be "lousy" (see #5), but even if by some miracle it's not that question may quickly grow tiring.
- Morning sickness. Need I say more? Let's hope we're all part of the lucky few who don't experience it at all!
- Not losing the pregnancy weight. I worked hard to lose 20 pounds last year, and it's going to be back with a vengeance! I want to be healthy and set a great example for my child, so I'm terrified that it will be a struggle to lose the weight.
- The idea of strangers touching my belly uninvited kind of freaks me out. . . . Where have those hands been?!?
- Giving Birth. Ouch . . . Women have been having babies for centuries, yet I'm still scared about it!
- And number one is . . . breastfeeding! Yes, my fear of breastfeeding is bigger than my fear of childbirth. The birth is a one-time thing (for each pregnancy), but breastfeeding is a year-ish long. Am I going to be able to do it? Is it going to be as painful as I imagine?
All right mommas-to-be, am I alone here? Are you scared of strangers touching your belly, or is your biggest fear giving birth? Is there something even more terrifying I haven’t yet thought of? Let me know what scares you most about having a baby!
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