A newlywed is experiencing amenorrhea, nausea and vomiting. She consults a physician and finds out that she is pregnant. The patient is very excited and at the same time feels afraid of the impending situation of her pregnancy. What psychological state of pregnancy has the patient achieved?


• Accepting the pregnancy involves recovering from the shock of learning they are pregnant and concentrating on what it feels like to be pregnant. A common reaction is ambivalence, or feeling both positively and negatively toward the pregnancy.

• As many as 50% of pregnancies are unintended, unwanted, or mistimed. Every pregnancy is a surprise to some extent, either because the woman had not planned on becoming pregnant or had been looking forward to being pregnant but cannot believe it has happened.

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