3 Worries Debunked


It is not uncommon for pregnant women to worry about their pregnancy and their baby. At first the excitement of learning you are pregnant keeps the worry at bay, but sooner than later the worry takes over. From what you should and shouldn’t do, to things that are completely out of your control, pregnancy worry can really take over your life if you are not careful. Let’s evaluate the most common pregnancy worries and put them into perspective so you can relax and enjoy this magical time in your life.


Many pregnant women worry that they will have a miscarriage. The risk of miscarriage is much lower than one might think. For women under the age of 35 it is between 10 to 12 percent. Women between 35 to 39 the risk is roughly 18 percent and women over 40 it is 35 percent. Most miscarriages occur early on before a women even realizes she is pregnant. By the time you can see the heartbeat on an ultrasound in week 6 or 7 the chance of miscarriage drops to below 5 percent.

Birth Defects

Most expectant moms wish for only one thing, a healthy baby. So, naturally most moms worry their baby will be born with a birth defect. The fact is, 97 out of 100 babies born in the United States arrive without any major birth defects. That means that there is only a 3 percent risk your baby will be born with a major birth defect. Plus, many birth defects are highly treatable now.

Labor Pain

The pain of labor is another common thing pregnant women worry about. Let’s face it, women spread their horror stories about the agonizing pain they were in when they delivered their baby. The fact is most women rate the pain of labor as 7 out of 10 on the pain scale. With medication that number goes much lower.

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