Pregnancy, particularly when it is your first baby, will bring a feeling of happiness and satisfaction which may be mingled with mild apprehension. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about human nature is that, being individuals, we are all different in our mental and physical make-up, so that we all react in different ways to altering circumstances. Some women are eager to meet the challenge of motherhood which, for them, brings immense fulfilment and is the ultimate process whereby they become complete human beings. For others pregnancy may be unexpected or unwanted, Or it may be just an inconvenience, and in such circumstances mental attitudes will show a wide range of variation. You will have to consider making slight adjustments in almost everything you do during the different stages of your pregnancy. The immense advantage of plenty of encouragement and support cannot be over-emphasized.
It is not unnatural for most pregnant women to experience vague misgiving or anxieties from time to time and no matter how ridiculous these may appear they do nevertheless create a very real problem. A lot of fears about pregnancy and labour are triggered off by old wives’ tales and half-truths which have little relation to reality. These stories are certainly either grossly exaggerated or blatantly untrue but may still create a state of anxiety about the pregnancy. Your own experience of pregnancy and childbirth will make you realize how unfounded were your fears.
A woman’s attitude to pregnancy cannot be defined. The emotional changes alone are far from being understood and every sentence in this book has a bearing on her approach to childbirth. Small wonder that there is no simple answer to ail her problems though many are readily solved. You are indeed a lucky woman if those around you make an effort to appreciate the problems that beset you during your pregnancy.