For many women, learning that they're pregnant is a mixed bag. Planned or unplanned, they may feel unsure about what lies ahead. They may wonder how it will change their lives, and if they're ready for parenthood. Of course, many moms-to-be are excited about entering this new stage in life. Others are overcome by anxiety that something can go wrong or hurt the fetus. You may even feel both things at different times. Having conflicted feelings about your pregnancy is perfectly normal.
You may have fears about whether the baby will be healthy and how you'll adjust to motherhood. You may worry about the practical aspects of parenthood, such as the expense of raising a child. You may question whether to go back to work or stay at home. Or, you may just float on a cloud for the next 9 months as you accept the changes in your body and wait for your baby's arrival.
In many ways, pregnancy anxieties are a primer for parenthood. It's nerve wracking waiting to hear your baby's heartbeat at your first prenatal visit. But just wait until he gets his driver's license. Joy and worry are the fundamentals of parenthood -- and pregnancy is a perfect place to start learning how to balance one with the other.