By Kim Wood, LBSW | Pregnancy and Adoption Social Worker
You’re pregnant. Now what? Finding out you are pregnant unexpectedly can be so overwhelming. Every woman who is pregnant is scared at times. Feeling scared is normal, and there can be a variety of reasons for feeling this way.
Some common fears are:
- Telling people about your pregnancy
- Telling the father of the baby
- Feeling judged
- Disappointing family
- Feeling ashamed
- Not having enough money
- Making the wrong decisions
It can be helpful to make a list of your own fears. What will really help is talking to someone about your list – someone who will listen to your feelings about these fears. Sometimes it is helpful to talk to someone who is outside your situation and can offer their perspective.
This is also a time when you may want to cry. Go ahead! Crying is a good release of emotion. You may even feel better afterward.
Please know you are not alone. You are important. We hope you have the courage to reach out for help. We hope you will:
- Share your feelings
- Take an active part in your pregnancy
- Stay healthy and take good care of yourself
- Make this a new beginning of self-awareness
- Ask all the questions you need to ask
Most importantly, we hope you recognize how special and valuable you are.
Source: “This Time It’s Me” by Lisa Molek and Mary Vondra with Joy and Marv Johnson