- August 20, 2011
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As you near your due date it is completely common to start having fears about labor and delivery. I’m approaching my third, and I still find things to worry about. Even though I know what to expect. Each labor was so different I worry about how this one will be different too. Remember that women have been giving birth for as long as the human race has been around, our bodies know what to do when.
Just thinking about it made me embarrassed. When it came down to time though, I couldn’t have cared less.
Fear of the pain is probably the most common. All women who give birth experience the pain one way or another and 99.99% of them live to talk about it. Not to mention you have pain relieving options. I fear having a c-section. I don’t know why, I know that regardless of how my child gets here, they get here. I’ve had many major surgeries in my life, there shouldn’t be anything there for me to fear. One of my favorite fears that I hear all the time is pooping on the delivery table. With my first I was terrified of this. Just thinking about it made me embarrassed. When it came down to time though, I couldn’t have cared less. I was more concerned with what was going on with the baby and getting the baby here than anything else. I have no idea if I did or did not poop on the delivery table with either of my previous deliveries. I asked my Ob about it once and she said that she usually just picks it up and moves on, and that she never brings any attention to it.
It’s okay to fear things regarding labor. The best way to ease those fears is to talk them over with your midwife or Ob and to remember to not panic.