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It’s been almost a month since I posted about one of my biggest fears that I had of giving a big graduation speech back in high school. Now, I want to talk about another fear that I have also been afraid of my whole life. Many of you moms, are probably going to think I am so silly, but this has seriously been something I have worried about for a long time. Now that in ten weeks or less it is going to happen, I am working on not being too nervous about facing this fear.
My Fear of Giving Birth
Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but I have always been afraid of this. When I was little, I would tell my mother that I was never going to have my own kids. She would ask me why and I told her I was afraid of how much it would hurt. She would tell me every time that I would change my mind when I was grown up. As I grew up I still had that same fear. I always thought I would adopt instead of having my own kids. Then when I got to college and actually met a man I wanted to marry, my thoughts started to change. Of course I wanted to have my own children with this man! It didn’t matter what I would go through I wanted to have kids!
Now that I am pregnant and getting towards the end of my pregnancy, I am getting more than a little nervous about the whole birth experience. What will it be like? How bad will it hurt? What if I have a panic attack? (I don’t deal with anxiety or nervousness very well). I am also afraid of having everything “out there” if you know what I mean. I know everyone says that it won’t matter when the time comes, but it is a huge fear for me right now. I am on the shy side and modest, and just thinking about what is going to happen makes me cringe! I keep trying to have the attitude that “I can do this!” But I have a feeling that it’s all going to fall apart as soon as I go into labor.
I am taking birthing classes with my husband starting next week, and I am hoping that helps me and prepares us both a little bit more for what is coming. But I need some advice, what are some things that you have done or will do to get through the birthing experience? How do you stay calm?