When a newly pregnant friend recently confided in me that she was worried about having a miscarriage, about the results of her prenatal testing, and about whether her child would inherit her genetic autoimmune disease, I told her the same thing I tell all my pregnant friends: Get used to it. These might be your first parental worries, but they won't be your last. (Don't worry, I said it way nicer than that.) The fact is, worrying about your kids usually starts in pregnancy and pretty much never stops.
But that begs the question: After you have the baby, what do parents worry about most? The website ASecureLife.com recently polled parents across the US to find out. Here's what it found:
Parents' biggest worries were different depending on their age.
Although worrying about your kids is totally normal, your worries shouldn't take over your life. If you are suffering from postpartum anxiety that you can't control, talk to your doctor, or a close friend, or anyone you trust. There's help available.