7 weeks pregnant and I swing from terror to moderate happiness
On paper there is no concern - I have a really supportive boyfriend who I have been living with for the last 8 years, a large house in the countryside and (I think) a supportive employer. Although the pregnancy was unplanned my partner has wanted to have children for the past 5 years. My view has always been 'maybe at some point in the future'.
I am concerned my mood will affect my childI have struggled with depression since my late teens (I am now 30) and have been on a waiting list for cognitive behavioural therapy for the last 3 years as I don't want to take anti-depressants and finally had my first session last week which felt like a bit of a let down after such a long wait. I am very concerned that my mood will affect my child - my mother had depression when I was growing up and I think this has affected me and I am just worried that the cycle will repeat again.
Since finding out I was pregnant I have been struggling to sleep and waking up throughout the night worrying about whether I will be able to be a good mother. These worries are then exacerbated further by my reading that anxiety and stress during pregnancy can do harm to the child when it is in the womb and I feel even worse. Reading some of the other stories on here I feel that my worries are very selfish. Even without the depression issue I am not sure that I really want a child - I am worried about the effect on my body, childbirth, the lack of sleep and the level of commitment required.
Considering abortion to happily announcing my conditionUnlike my partner I am struggling to see any of the benefits - he got me to write a list of pros and cons and the only pro I could think of was decorating the nursery as I like interior design. I just can't picture any of the positives although part of me thinks this may be because I was an only child growing up and really have not had any contact with either babies or children. Within the course of a single day I have gone from considering an abortion to happily announcing my condition to my family who are all overjoyed. I really don't know what to do, I think deep down part of me wants this pregnancy however another part feels that it would be better for the baby's sake to end it now to stop the cycle repeating.
Editor's CommentIt is often difficult to shake off childhood memories, and if your Mum was depressed during your childhood this may colour how you feel about being a mother yourself. I can understand your apprehension when you have struggled with depression yourself. No one can tell you if you are going to cope with a new baby but equally abortion could have a very detrimental to you in losing your chance to be a mum and perhaps break the cycle you fear may repeat itself. If you have doubts about abortion then it is important to think it through and talk to someone before you go any further. It may help as well to think about how your decision might affect your relationship, particularly if your partner is longing for you to have a baby. Maybe alone it may seem difficult but with the help and support of someone who loves you, you could do it. Please contact the national helpline 0300 4000 999 to talk this through with an advisor, or follow the link to find a centre for crisis pregnancy support in your area.
This story was sent in on 21/05/2010