According to society, pregnancy is without-a-doubt a joyous time in any woman's life who chooses to experience it. Sure, pregnancy is beautiful and amazing, but society tends to gloss over the fact that it's also pretty scary. In fact, it's overwhelmingly frightening, even when you're excited to grow another human being in your body, so there are more than a few reasons why it's totally OK to be terrified of pregnancy.
During every single one of my pregnancies, I can confidently say I've been freaked out. I was scared not only just because of the potential for complications, but because housing a fetus inside your body for 40 (more or less) weeks is just weird. I never knew what to do or what sources to believe. In fact, I was essentially just waiting for my OB-GYN to politely (or not-so-politely) tell me that I was doing pregnancy wrong. I was never confident that I was doing the "right thing," and I certainly wasn't sure I'd be able to make it through labor and delivery. Then, of course, there was the whole "bringing a baby back from the hospital that you're entirely responsible for" thing. I mean, what was I thinking?! Surely they wouldn't actually let me leave the hospital with a real, live child. How could I think I could adult hard enough to actually be a parent. See? Terrifying.
I think (read: I hope) a lot of moms feel the same way, though, and especially the first time around. So, if you're thinking about starting a family sometime soon, or you're currently staring at a positive pregnancy test, know that you're not alone. There are more than a few legit reasons why pregnancy is pretty damn scary, so it's OK to be terrified. I promise.