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Old 01-19-2019, 05:49 AM   #1
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Sorry to hear that. My first cousin is also going through the same thing. When she was a child, she heard some people say "i can not imagine something moving inside of me" (that was one trigger) and the other one was when that comedian Chelsea Handler said "I don't think I would ever be able to carry the baby to full term, I would feel so trapped". She keeps on repeating these 2 thoughts and I don't know how to help her.

Last year she was pregnant and miscarried because of the abnormalities (Trisomy) and before she was referred to an abortion, the doctors told her "You can not get an abortion until the committee approves the diagnosis" and she freaked out. She could not imagine that she was trapped with something inside of her without having the control to expel it or keep it or to do what she wanted. May be she is a little controlling but this was really a traumatic experience for her. Please don't judge.

Anyhow, she was pregnant 3 times. First time the feeling was good and she felt proud but her husband wanted her to abort, so she did. Later on they decided to have children, and she had two miscarriages. First was early in pregnancy and the second one was at 4m. She was ok with it at 3,5m but then they told her something was wrong with the fetus and for her, even thought she later on cried and felt deep sorrow, she still felt relieved.

Now that she is supposed to be doing ivf, she is afraid that "what if she changes her mind in the middle of the pregnancy?" or "how will she react when she feels the kicks of the baby for the first time, will she freak out?". This is a sensitive issue and she tried talking to a therapist but without much success. She can not talk to her husband or anyone else since the society does not understand this kind of fear.

I thought that may be this is because she generally a person with low self esteem? Or may be because her own mother was not really a warm person and she never developed a warm relationship with her? I don't know what to tell her. She is at the borderline age where if she does not do it soon, I am afraid she won't be able to do it later-at least not naturally.

She has this one IVF shot now or never. OK, may be not never because the IVF she can do later, a month, two from now. In the meantime, I don't know what to tell her what to do and how to calm her down. Ironically, she does want to have a child (her own) and she knows that she will be a great mother once the baby is "out". I know that too because she is a very nice, warm and rational person. Together we visited many websites and we came across a term Tocophobia, but other than defining it, we didn't come across any answers on how to deal with it and what to do. Like i said, she was fine past 14 weeks, may be this was the answer for her, that she would be ok, but now again that she is preparing for the pregnancy, she is freaking out with all of the questions I mentioned at the beginning.

She is for some reason not connecting to the idea of being pregnant in a way other women do. She is also generally doubtful of people (had a hard life, turbulent upbringing etc) and I am thinking may be she is doubtful of people, human beings in general? I am not a psychologist so I don't know what to say and how to help her. She asked me recently "what if I decide to terminate the pregnancy at 25 weeks, where can i go, where can i do it?" Together we searched the net, thinking may be if I give her answers and security in light of “you can control what to do with your body (gave her names of the clinics where they perform late abortions) that this would calm her down and actually make her want the baby, and it did somewhat but only until week 22 or so. This is where her “25 week question” comes from .

Like I said, her biggest fear is of being pregnant itself. Are there any other women/couples who have gone through this? Any psychologists or other women with similar fears she could may be talk/contact online? How can this anxiety be overcome? Please help. Educated and empathetic responses will be most appreciated.

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Anyhow, she was pregnant 3 times. First time the feeling was good and she felt proud but her husband wanted her to abort, so she did. Later on they decided to have children, and she had two miscarriages. First was early in pregnancy and the second one was at 4m. She was ok with it at 3,5m but then they told her something was wrong with the fetus and for her, even thought she later on cried and felt deep sorrow, she still felt relieved.

I have to admit, it does concern me that her husband wanted an abortion and she went along with it. Did she not want the baby as well? Having kids is something you really need to think about for a long time before you have them.
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Now that she is supposed to be doing ivf, she is afraid that "what if she changes her mind in the middle of the pregnancy?" or "how will she react when she feels the kicks of the baby for the first time, will she freak out?". This is a sensitive issue and she tried talking to a therapist but without much success. She can not talk to her husband or anyone else since the society does not understand this kind of fear.
I do not think she should try to get pregnant now if she is worried she will not want the baby later on in the pregnancy. Babies and children are something you have to be really sure about and 100% devoted to having. Pregnancy is the easy part.
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She has this one IVF shot now or never. OK, may be not never because the IVF she can do later, a month, two from now. In the meantime, I don't know what to tell her what to do and how to calm her down. Ironically, she does want to have a child (her own) and she knows that she will be a great mother once the baby is "out". I know that too because she is a very nice, warm and rational person.
I do not doubt that she is a wonderful person but it sounds like she has some serious fears or concerns over being pregnant. I am not sure its the best time until those things get figured out. Can she see a therapist?

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Together we visited many websites and we came across a term Tocophobia, but other than defining it, we didn't come across any answers on how to deal with it and what to do. Like i said, she was fine past 14 weeks, may be this was the answer for her, that she would be ok, but now again that she is preparing for the pregnancy, she is freaking out with all of the questions I mentioned at the beginning.
Please urge her to reconsider for the time being. Trying to get pregnant is not the time to freak out. If she is freaking out then maybe she needs to wait. How does her husband feel about it?

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She is for some reason not connecting to the idea of being pregnant in a way other women do. She is also generally doubtful of people (had a hard life, turbulent upbringing etc) and I am thinking may be she is doubtful of people, human beings in general? I am not a psychologist so I don't know what to say and how to help her. She asked me recently "what if I decide to terminate the pregnancy at 25 weeks, where can i go, where can i do it?" Together we searched the net, thinking may be if I give her answers and security in light of “you can control what to do with your body (gave her names of the clinics where they perform late abortions) that this would calm her down and actually make her want the baby, and it did somewhat but only until week 22 or so. This is where her “25 week question” comes from .
No disrespect meant but deciding to get pregnant and wondering what would happen if you terminate the pregnancy at 25 weeks you have no business having a baby. Why wing it? Why think about bringing a child into the world with abortion being your backup plan? i want to be clear- I am prochoice for the most part so this isnt about me judging her for having an abortion but children are not something you hem and haw over. You decide to do it because you want a child and want to give them a loving home. I fear she may resent the baby. Imagine spending all that money on IVF only to consider abortion?

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Like I said, her biggest fear is of being pregnant itself. Are there any other women/couples who have gone through this? Any psychologists or other women with similar fears she could may be talk/contact online? How can this anxiety be overcome? Please help. Educated and empathetic responses will be most appreciated.
Fearing being pregnant leads me to believe she shouldnt get pregnant now. Why do that to yourself and then live in fear?
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I think this may not be the right time for her, FearfulMother. If she's so scared of being pregnant, then perhaps it's best to avoid that route. If she still wants a kid, there are other ways, I believe - what about adopting one? Sure, it's not the same thing, but it sounds like a good option to me. Unless she absolutely wants a child of her own, I'd advice this to her and keep it into consideration. Childs and pregnancy are a serious thing that needs a lot of thinking, so if she has so many doubts I'd suggest to avoid it for the moment and maybe wait. I'm so sorry she's going through this
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I have to admit, it does concern me that her husband wanted an abortion and she went along with it. Did she not want the baby as well? Having kids is something you really need to think about for a long time before you have them.

I do not think she should try to get pregnant now if she is worried she will not want the baby later on in the pregnancy. Babies and children are something you have to be really sure about and 100% devoted to having. Pregnancy is the easy part.

I do not doubt that she is a wonderful person but it sounds like she has some serious fears or concerns over being pregnant. I am not sure its the best time until those things get figured out. Can she see a therapist?


Please urge her to reconsider for the time being. Trying to get pregnant is not the time to freak out. If she is freaking out then maybe she needs to wait. How does her husband feel about it?

No disrespect meant but deciding to get pregnant and wondering what would happen if you terminate the pregnancy at 25 weeks you have no business having a baby. Why wing it? Why think about bringing a child into the world with abortion being your backup plan? i want to be clear- I am prochoice for the most part so this isnt about me judging her for having an abortion but children are not something you hem and haw over. You decide to do it because you want a child and want to give them a loving home. I fear she may resent the baby. Imagine spending all that money on IVF only to consider abortion?


Fearing being pregnant leads me to believe she shouldnt get pregnant now. Why do that to yourself and then live in fear?

She knows that once she becomes a mother, she will be a great mother. She takes care of everyone. She wants a baby, just is afraid of being pregnant.
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I think this may not be the right time for her, FearfulMother. If she's so scared of being pregnant, then perhaps it's best to avoid that route. If she still wants a kid, there are other ways, I believe - what about adopting one? Sure, it's not the same thing, but it sounds like a good option to me. Unless she absolutely wants a child of her own, I'd advice this to her and keep it into consideration. Childs and pregnancy are a serious thing that needs a lot of thinking, so if she has so many doubts I'd suggest to avoid it for the moment and maybe wait. I'm so sorry she's going through this

This fear keeps of recurring. She was ok twice, when she was pregnant is just now prior to the IVF (that is scheduled, not unintentional) that she is afraid. She wants her own baby, not adopted.
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I recommend she sees a professional about it. Psychiatrist or at least a therapy PRIOR to doing IVF. I am not sure how you are expected to fix it for her
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I understand what you mean, FearfulMother I agree with divine1966. I think therapy may be necessary in this case before making any decisions about being pregnant and having kids. You can only do so much to help, after all. I'm so sorry she's going through this. Feel free to PM me anytime. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. Sending many hugs to you and to her
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Here are my thoughts:

1. This affects both the mother and father so if the father does not want a child (or she is unsure he will) she needs to be certain she can and will be able to take care of the child alone if needed before even taking on this endeavor.

2. If she is unsure she will want to carry it full term, I would not reccommend becoming pregnant herself, but she has 2 other options.
A) wait a little time and try to figure out where her phobia comes from.and how to resolve and/or assuage it
B) get a surrogate to carry the child. If she does this she will need to be sure the surrogate is able to detach herself from the child once born, or perhaps reach an agreement by which it would be agreeable to allow the surrogate visitation or pictures.

3. So, if she is unsure she either wants this baby or can care for this baby or can carry this baby (at least to third trimester, then she can safely have a c-sectiom and baby put in NICU and most will survive now), she should not become physically pregnant

4 As I stated above, if she does make it to 3rd trimester and wants it out, get a C-section, not abortion, and the will be put in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). If she has a psychologist exam her to verify she is having extreme issues with the baby being inside her and may harm either the baby or herself if it is not removed, this should not be a problem. She will need to make sure it is noted she is not harmful to anyone after the removal of the child, that this is due only to a phobia, not an on-going disorder.
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Here are my thoughts:

1. This affects both the mother and father so if the father does not want a child (or she is unsure he will) she needs to be certain she can and will be able to take care of the child alone if needed before even taking on this endeavor.

2. If she is unsure she will want to carry it full term, I would not reccommend becoming pregnant herself, but she has 2 other options.
A) wait a little time and try to figure out where her phobia comes from.and how to resolve and/or assuage it
B) get a surrogate to carry the child. If she does this she will need to be sure the surrogate is able to detach herself from the child once born, or perhaps reach an agreement by which it would be agreeable to allow the surrogate visitation or pictures.

3. So, if she is unsure she either wants this baby or can care for this baby or can carry this baby (at least to third trimester, then she can safely have a c-sectiom and baby put in NICU and most will survive now), she should not become physically pregnant

4 As I stated above, if she does make it to 3rd trimester and wants it out, get a C-section, not abortion, and the will be put in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). If she has a psychologist exam her to verify she is having extreme issues with the baby being inside her and may harm either the baby or herself if it is not removed, this should not be a problem. She will need to make sure it is noted she is not harmful to anyone after the removal of the child, that this is due only to a phobia, not an on-going disorder.
It’s unfair to unborn child to be delivered early via C-section and be placed into NICU and potentially have health complications because mother is afraid of pregnancy. C-section before 39 weeks could still result in complications for a child. In addition it would be rather difficult to convince doctors to perform early C-section under the circumstances. Overall when becoming pregnant it’s wise to consider your unborn child’s interest, not just your own. “Just wing it” and endanger your child is extremely selfish.

I do like all your other suggestions such as surrogacy, wait longer, or not have children at all. I hope this lady thinks it all through before considering pregnancy
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It’s unfair to unborn child to be delivered early via C-section and be placed into NICU and potentially have health complications because mother is afraid of pregnancy. C-section before 39 weeks could still result in complications for a child. In addition it would be rather difficult to convince doctors to perform early C-section under the circumstances. Overall when becoming pregnant it’s wise to consider your unborn child’s interest, not just your own. “Just wing it” and endanger your child is extremely selfish.

I do like all your other suggestions such as surrogacy, wait longer, or not have children at all. I hope this lady thinks it all through before considering pregnancy
What I was getting at is if she does get pregnant ... at least push through that far, bc c-section prior to that is almost certain death for the child, and abortion is death. I would rather the child have a fighting chance, but yes .. you and I both agree she needs to truly think it through first.
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