6 Things women worry about unnecessarily when they're pregnant

The first time I got pregnant, I worried about all kinds of things. I've never been a worrywart, but for some reason I coiuldn't help freaking out about doing stuff that would somehow hurt my baby.

If you've been pregnant before, you'll know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, what you read next will hopefully help ease some of your fears.

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1) Having a miscarriage. This is by far the number one worry of all pregnant women. It's not that the chance doesn't exist, but the truth is that once a heartbeat is visible-at around week six or eight--the chance of miscarrying is less than 5 percent. 

2) Morning sickness. Some pregnant women worry that if they can't keep anything down because of their morning sickness, their babies won't get all the nutrients they need to keep on growing. But that's simply not true. As long as you're keeping yourself hydrated and you're taking your prenatal vitamins, you should't fret even if all you're eating is crackers and juice.

3) Labor will be unbearable. This used to be one I worried about all the time because no matter how much other women share about the experiences or how many books you read, you really don't know what's going to happen, until it happens. While labor hurts, there are many options for you to ease your pain. So learn about them and have a plan. And please try to remember that women have given birth since the beginning of time.

4) Birth defects. I tried not to think about this one too much, but some times I couldn't help it. And then, I learned that the risk of having a baby with birth defects of any kind is only 4 percent. In other words, it's not null, but it's highly unlikely.

5) Having a preemie. What if I go into labor early? It's a legitimate concern for sure. But the good thing is that there are several things you can do to prevent this. For starters, don't forget to take folic acid every day. Ideally, you start taking it way before you even start to get pregnant. Women who take folic acid are 70 less likely to deliver early.

6) Not being a good mom. It's normal to worry about not being able to do all the things new moms have to do because you've never done them, and you simply don't know what to expect. I'm not going to lie to you, it's not easy, but you can do it. Just give it some time and you'll see it get easier and easier the more you get used to your new situation.

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