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Surviving Pregnancy When You Have Tokophobia

Tokophobia is a phobia of pregnancy and/or childbirth, and it’s something I’ve been dealing with for most of my adult life: in fact, one of the reasons I delayed starting a family for so long was the simple fact that I was absolutely terrified of being pregnant, and then having to give birth. I was absolutely convinced I’d die during childbirth – but, even if I didn’t, the thought of having my body taken over for nine whole months – of having morning sickness, and all of the other physical complications that can come with pregnancy – was just absolutely horrific to me.

I’m not alone, either: tokophbia is actually something many women suffer, but very few talk about. I did eventually overcome it, and go on to have a healthy baby boy – and I’ve been sharing my story in the hope that it might help other women in the same position. Here are some of the posts I’ve written on the subject so far:

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Surviving the Newborn Stage

It’s called the Fourth Trimester for a reason… Those first few weeks of parenthood can be some of the hardest – as well as the happiest – of your life. Here are some tips to help you survive them…

Parenting & Pregnancy
Newborn Survival Tips

7 quick tips to help you get through the first few weeks of parenthood.

Parenting & Pregnancy
Parenting Tips That Didn't Work

Not all parenting tips work for all parents: here are four that didn’t work for us…

Parenting & Pregnancy
Things That Happen When You're a New Parent

If you’re gently rocking back and forth as you read this, then you’ll know what I mean…

Parenting & Pregnancy
Things I Learned in My 1st Week of Parenting

Who knew there was so much to learn about poop?