Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tocophobia: The Fear of Pregnancy or Childbirth

Tocophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of pregnancy and/or childbirth.  Those who suffer from this phobia may fear what it will do to their body such as stretch marks and weight gain.  They may also fear life-threatening complications.  Tocophobia is also known as Tokophobia and it has become extremely common.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Tocophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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