The term ‘Tocophobia’ (or Tokophobia) refers to a severe fear of childbirth and/or pregnancy. This is sometimes also called severe Childbirth Anxiety (CA) or Fear of Childbirth (FOC). The word ‘Tokophobia’ originated from Greek ‘tokos’ meaning childbirth and ‘phobia’ meaning intense fear. Although often used in the context of pregnant women, the condition also occurs in non-pregnant women and in men.
Pregnant women may find that they need a few more hours of sleep per night than normal, or a few short naps during the day. However, insomnia and sleep disturbances are very common during pregnancy.
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), formerly known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), is a common health condition during pregnancy. If not properly treated, PGP it can lead to anxiety, depression and poor quality of life for pregnant women. Fortunately, with early intervention and multidisciplinary approach, an excellent outcome is possible.
Dr Raja Gangopadhyay is a world renowned obstetrician and pioneer championing progress and change in Perinatal Mental Health. He is also the Founder of the International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy.
In this blog he shares what motivates his work and what women should do to improve their self-care.
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Tingly hands… racing heart.. and a knot in my tummy so tight I’d find it hard to breathe. This was how anxiety felt for me even before I became a parent.
Mind chatter or the “chimp in my head” as my husband and I would affectionately refer to was another familiar element of suffering with general anxiety disorder.
At MamaBabyBliss, we support women on their journey into motherhood and we believe that you should befully informed and prepared for birth whether that be a natural birth or a c-section. In our classes and workshops we teach techniquesa that will prepare you for every scenario and outcome.
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We have also put together a list of resources about c-sections that we hope you will find useful.