If you are worried about childbirth, you are not alone. There are many women who have experienced this phobia, called tokophobia. Fortunately, overcoming it is easier than you think, as long as you know what you’re doing. It may affect your pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery after childbirth. Read on to learn more about tokophobia and how it can impact you during your pregnancy and postpartum period.
Tokophobia is a fear of childbirth
Tokophobia is a fear of child birth. Women with this condition may attempt to avoid pregnancy or have a Caesarean section to avoid the discomfort of labor. The condition can also occur in women who have had traumatic previous childbirth experiences. For these women, pregnancy and childbirth can be a source of joy and stress, but also worry about pain and the possibility of something going wrong. These concerns are perfectly normal and can be overcome with treatment.
Although most women do not develop a formal diagnosis of tokophobia, they may experience some anxiety about giving birth. In such cases, seeking out support from a trusted healthcare provider can be helpful. If possible, ask for referrals to mental health providers. During an annual exam, you will likely be asked about your plans for having a family, and whether you are planning to use contraception. Regular prenatal exams will also ask about your mental health, including tokophobia. If you do not disclose this condition, your provider may not recognize it.
It can affect pregnancy
A recent study by the University of Sussex revealed that postnatal PTSD can negatively affect relationships, especially the mother-baby bond. In fact, nearly all women reported initial feelings of rejection toward their baby. Despite the positive benefits of childbirth, postnatal PTSD can also negatively impact a woman’s career and relationships. To understand how childbirth can affect a woman’s future, read on to learn more about this potentially dangerous condition.
It can affect childbirth
During your pregnancy, you are designed to promote a natural and healthy childbirth, but there are still some things you can do to encourage the most positive outcome. For example, the baby’s position can affect labor progression. Most babies navigate the pelvic region best with their heads down and facing the spine, called the anterior position. Try to stay in a position that promotes this position, such as leaning forward. You can also practice breathing techniques to help you relax and cope with your labor and birth.
It can affect postpartum recovery
After childbirth, the first six weeks are known as postpartum recovery. This is not to say that you’ll magically bounce back to your pre-baby state. The purpose of postpartum recovery is to help your body heal from childbirth. In the weeks following childbirth, you’ll need to focus on eating right, drinking plenty of water, and getting lots of rest. Your doctor will tell you when to begin returning to normal activities.
New moms are exhausted and on an emotional roller coaster. It’s hard to think about fitting back into your old jeans. Physically, new moms are bound to experience sore breasts and nipples. Some will experience constipation. The first bowel movement after childbirth may be days after delivery. In addition, the healing of an episiotomy or sensitive hemorrhoids can make constipation painful.