Fear of pregnancy and birth on the rise as more expectant mums experience 'Tocophobia'

For most women having a baby is an exciting prospect, full of joy and happiness.

But for some mothers-to-be it’s the opposite. They’re filled with mortal dread of pregnancy and birth.

They’re suffering from a true phobia called tocophobia.

Such a degree of fear and apprehension isn’t only detrimental to the mother but to the baby as well. And more women are suffering from it.

The word tocophobia comes from the Greek word tokos, meaning “childbirth” and phobos, meaning “fear”.

More women are fearing childbirth
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Tocophobia is an intense anxiety

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