Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have an incompetent cervix, you might feel anxious about your pregnancy. You might be afraid to think about the future, and prenatal visits might make you particularly nervous — for fear that you'll hear bad news.

Unfortunately, anxiety can affect your health and your baby's health. Consult your health care provider about healthy ways to stay calm. Some studies suggest that certain techniques, such as imagining pleasant objects or experiences or listening to music, can reduce anxiety during pregnancy.

If you give birth prematurely, it won't affect your physical recovery from childbirth. Depending on when you give birth, however, your baby might need intensive medical care. You might be worried about the possible long-term effects for your baby. As the parent of a premature newborn, you might also feel that you did something to cause the premature birth or that you could have done more to prevent it. If you're experiencing feelings of guilt, talk to your partner and loved ones, as well as your health care provider. Try to focus your energy on caring for and getting to know your child.

Mar. 23, 2012