Let’s get one thing out of the way: Worrying about birth is super common.
One US study found that nearly half of the women surveyed were nervous about delivering their babies. These worries tend to revolve around vaginal birth, which makes sense since most babies are born vaginally. (Three out of four top birth fears were specifically about vaginal birth in a 2019 Indian study.)
But it also makes sense because vaginal birth, let’s face it, can hurt — a lot. “Almost everyone is nervous about the pain of childbirth. It’s very normal to have these thoughts!” says Dr. Sara Twogood, obstetrician and gynecologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, California, US.