Is it Normal? Worried About Becoming a Parent

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You wanted to be a mama, right? You hoped and planned for this kid -- so what gives with the pre-baby anxiety? And do other soon-to-be parents get cold feet, too?

Here's what moms around here had to say on the topic.


Whitney2207 asked moms in Pregnancy a while back if it was normal to have fears about becoming a parent. She got a little scared near the end of her pregnancy thinking that, wow, all of a sudden, "it's not going to be just the two of us any more" -- and there will be all of these new responsibilities and pressures.

Here's how moms responded:

"I go through that every once in a while, too -- I think it's normal. Especially if you really enjoy your life the way it is now. Once you see him or her, though, all of those thoughts will go out the window."

"Yes, it's very normal to have these thoughts! But what's even crazier is that once the baby's here, you won't be able to imagine life without him. Everything just falls into place. It's weird -- yet amazing."

"The night before my induction I was completely stressed and freaking out. It's normal! But once you have the baby, it will all fade away."

"Being afraid is normal. I'm going on baby #5, so I should be a pro, but I'm still scared!"

"I'm feeling the same way -- it's all so overwhelming! I think what my husband and I have is pretty much perfect. But once this new man comes into our lives, I think we'll continue to feel that -- just in new ways!"

I know I definitely had pre-baby anxiety before the birth of both of our kids.

What about you? Are you worried about becoming a parent?

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