The 10 Most Common Concerns in Pregnancy

To cooincide with our free breakfast information event for pregnant mothers, we’ve listed the 10 most common concerns that women have during their pregnancy.

If any of these issues have been on your mind, you can read what the experts said at the ‘Pregnancy & Growing Your Family’ event, and check out the links to find out more!

Pregnant women often have a range of concerns throughout their pregnancy. Here are the ten most common concerns:

Health and Development of the Baby

Concerns about whether the baby is growing and developing normally are very common. This includes worries about birth defects, genetic conditions, and overall fetal health.

Labour and Delivery

Anxiety about the process of labor and delivery is prevalent. Women often worry about the pain, the length of labor, and potential complications such as the need for a cesarean section.

Risks to the Pregnancy

Especially in the early stages of pregnancy, women frequently worry about the risks and symptoms that might indicate a problem.

Nutrition and Diet

Pregnant women are often concerned about what they should and shouldn’t eat and whether they are getting the right nutrients to support their baby’s development.

Weight Gain and Body Changes

Concerns about gaining too much or too little weight and how their body is changing are common. This also includes worries about stretch marks and postpartum body image.

Prenatal Testing

Anxiety about the various tests and screenings, such as ultrasounds, blood tests, and amniocentesis, and what the results might indicate.

Mental Health

Many women worry about their emotional well-being, including concerns about mood swings, anxiety, and the potential for postpartum depression.

Medications and Illnesses

There is often concern about which medications are safe to take during pregnancy and what to do if they get sick.

Preparing for Baby

Practical concerns about getting everything ready for the baby’s arrival, such as setting up the nursery, buying baby gear, and having everything in place.

Impact on Relationships

Worries about how pregnancy and having a baby will affect their relationship with their partner, as well as dynamics with other family members and friends.

These concerns are natural and normal and maternity healthcare professionals are there to offer guidance and support to address these worries throughout the pregnancy.


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