So a couple of weeks ago, I posted about worry and fear as related to our kids, and promised a longer post on it later. Now I'm thinking I don't know if that's such a good idea- who really wants to dwell at length on our own craziness and mental fragility? Plus I'll just make myself cry, and I'm really not in the mood. My face is red enough from the heat.
But maybe we could do this a fun way. Maybe everyone could contribute their own personal irrational pregnancy and childbirth fears, those one-in-a-million chance scenarios that you maybe never told anyone else for fear of being stared at blankly, but that constantly circled in your mind nonetheless. You know what I'm talking about, right? It's the same theory as the infamous knife thing from Swistle's postpartum post- if you anticipate something intently enough, you will somehow prevent it from happening! Because moms are magic like that.
So here was/is mine- this was my crazy fear during both pregnancies: That the umbilical cord would somehow get wrapped around one of the baby's limbs or something and that when the baby came out, it would have a limb that would have to be amputated because it had gotten no blood flow in utero. (I know, how gruesome is that? Where and when did I hear some horror story that would cause me to concoct this awful scenario?) And also, with equal intensity, I of course worry about the cord being wrapped around the baby's neck and the doctor's somehow missing it until the actual delivery, even though of course the hospitals monitor the baby's heart rate during contractions to check for things like that. And also I worry about the cord becoming knotted in general, because one of my pregnancy books has a frightening picture of what that looks like, then says reassuringly, "This complication is very rare, but can be fatal."
So! That was liberating to get off my chest. Anyone else? Any bizarro or very unlikely to ever happen kind of situations that you fretted about late at night while pregnant? Let's hear 'em! Everyone break out your inner crazy- it's nice to share.