Scared of childbirth
If you were to ask a woman who is scared about giving birth as to why she feels that way, she’d probably tell you that she is simply worried things will go wrong, she wont cope during labor and birth will be a stressful event.
The good news is that there are ways to reduce your fear of childbirth.
1.Track the source of your anxiety
Certain experiences can trigger an intense fear of labor. These include a history of abuse or rape; a past miscarriage or stillbirth; a previous difficult delivery; and excessive exposure to traumatic labor stories. Also at risk are women with a history of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Understanding why you’re so afraid is a first step toward easing those feelings; keeping a journal can help.
2.Learn relaxation skills
Practicing self-hypnosis, meditating and doing breathing exercises while you’re expecting can help calm you during pregnancy and labor. Listening to guided-relaxation tapes that describe your perfect “peaceful place” is another effective option.
3.Learn about pain relief
Most women fear the pain of childbirth to some degree, but knowing that safe and effective means of relief are available can help lessen your anxiety. Take a childbirth course, talk with your caregiver beforehand about medication and other pain-relief methods and include your intentions in your birth plan.