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Panicking About Delivery? Here's How To Stay Calm

You've made it this far into pregnancy—don't let the thought of labor throw you off your game. Here's how to keep calm and carry on.

First, know that it's completely normal to be nervous.

If you start feeling overwhelmed, it might help to think of all the women throughout history who gave birth before you (and how many didn't enjoy the luxury of a hospital room and an OB!). Every single person in the world was born, and most of them came out of vaginas. That means there is a darn good chance you'll get through this just fine.

If that rationale doesn't calm you, try finding something that does, like yoga, meditation, talking it out with a trusted friend, or reading about other moms' experiences.

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