5 Understandable Emotions When You Have a High Risk Pregnancy

5 Understandable Emotions When You Have a High Risk Pregnancy

Last update: 13 September, 2017

Although the primary recommendations for pregnancy focus on maintaining a positive attitude, sometimes this is not entirely possible. For example, when we are faced with a high risk pregnancy, it is difficult to stay calm and worry-free. Certain emotions overwhelm us when we think that everything may not turn out as we hope.

Over the course of nine months, we may face different situations, because it is a rather long processs. We want it to end quickly for various reasons, but overall we want it to proceed in a normal way. We know that when things go wrong, time slows down and everything becomes torture.

Somehow, the majority of our positive emotions begin to be replaced by anxiety, fear and insecurity. Unfortunately, motherhood does not always enjoy the understanding it deserves. It is not that we want to feel like this; we simply cannot avoid it.

What do women feel when carrying a high risk pregnancy?

It is one thing to have negative feelings from nowhere, and a very different thing to be reminded all day long in an extreme way to take care of ourselves. Sometimes, high risk pregnancies are exhausting and painful; therefore it is difficult not to be overwhelmed.

Medical follow-up, endless rest and drastic changes in habits can make women suffer twice as much. Now it’s not just our inner preoccupation that everything goes well; we have to practice it every minute.

Although every pregnancy is different, as are all women, fears are sure to appear. It is normal to feel depressed or anxious and even guilty. Next, we will explain how these feelings are natural in women with high risk pregnancies.


A state of anxiety is common in most pregnancies, but it is magnified in the face of a high risk pregnancy. Women in this situation can worry to the extreme about themselves and their babies. 

They are afraid to even imagine their baby, because there is no guarantee it will be born, and this thought is terrifying. Is it wrong to think that your child is going to die? No, it is an understandable feeling. Women may feel this way because their doctors warned them of such an outcome.

It helps a lot to talk about it, to be informed and to follow all medical guidelines. Go to check-ups and apply the recommendations in order to encourage a favorable outcome. It’s also recommended to share with other mothers in the same situation and to seek family support.


This feeling is perhaps least understood by others. Why should you feel guilty? It’s totally normal to feel this way. Depending on the reasons why your pregnancy is considered high risk, you may think you had something to do with it. Every little detail can make us think we are at fault. 

The truth is that it is hardly our fault. The pregnancy is going to be complicated due to particular circumstances out of our control. For example, if we had a habit that could have made things worse, remember that we were not always pregnant, and that’s why we had such a habit. In that sense, we cannot be sure whether or not guilt will appear, but it’s necessary to understand it.

It is also possible for the pregnant woman to feel guilty about not being able to perform other tasks. Perhaps rest prevents you from caring for your older children or tending to your partner. Although there is no reason for you to feel guilty, it is natural to feel this way. We must offer you all our understanding and support.


Just like guilt, this feeling is considered negative. Certain circumstances that determined the risk of this pregnancy can make us feel full of resentment. Why me? Why now? This type of emotion occurs mostly when the pregnancy affects our daily performance.

It’s possible for the woman to have to stop studying or working, thus lamenting her situation and condemning it. It is also common in unplanned pregnancies; after taking so much care, now we are going through this terrible situation. In these cases, the most important thing is to not judge the future mother, but rather to try to understand how she feels.


Like any other feeling, it results from an excess of present and future. we are mortified by what we are living and what awaits us. It is normal to question whether we can achieve it, because it is a challenge that is quite difficult to handle. We might also feel that we are alone and that no one supports us.

Doubting our own abilities makes it difficult to follow the recommended guidelines and hinders the possibility of modifying our routine. Whenever we are prudent, there are still things that can be done for a high risk pregnancy. Feeling insecure is understandable, but with support and determination it can be overcome.


Being forced into idleness causes boredom to take over. We may no longer feel excited about being at home for such a long rest. We wish to return to our activities or to invent something new to entertain ourselves. This feeling can also trigger other negative emotions, like resentment.

Undergoing an endless rest with unattractive meals and constant boredom can cause us to become depressed and to worry too much. It is therefore necessary to ward off boredom as much as possible. We cannot leave any gap for anxiety or other unwanted feelings to flourish.



This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.