Fear of dying during childbirth

Hannah - posted on 11/05/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I'm 16 year's old and terrified of dying during childbirth. I didn't know it was still possible to die during childbirth till a few months ago now I cry myself to sleep thinking it's going to happen to me. I'm 8 months pregnant with a healthy little girl and so far I myself am healthy too. There haven't been any complications but I'm still scared. Please help. I don't know what to do anymore the fear is taking over and making this whole situation harder on me. And before you judge me on being so young it wasn't done on purpose. I've only had sex with one person and fell pregnant the first time.


Ambur - posted on 11/07/2013




It's still possible to die in many ways. But the likelihood is very small. Don't worry. It will be ok. You are more likely to get hit by a car and die than die from childbirth. Have you died from getting hit by a car? Nope. Don't worry about it. Childbirth can actually be a pretty awesome experience. I can't wait to give birth again. And I did it without pain meds. It is a lot of hard work. But childbirth is pretty cool if you think about it. Most women are afraid when they are pregnant for the first time. But you don't have to be.

Personally I opted for a home birth because that is how I feel the safest. There are risks and it will affect how you can birth in the future. But most doctors will allow you to choose a c section. I wouldn't choose it since I want a large familly. But if you are really afraid of the whole childbirth thing, there are different ways to go about it.

Amy - posted on 11/06/2013




You should talk about your fears with your parents and your doctor. As with anything there can be complications but it's out of your hands. Just educate yourself as much as possible as to what is going to happen, when someone tries to tell you their birthing nightmare story tell them you don't want to hear it. Take a birthing class if you can get into one. And I know it's easier said then done but try not to think about it.


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