I am 5 weeks pregnant and I am experiencing new symptoms today. My thought about these symptoms makes me feel fear. I can see my brain using these new symptoms as an evidence of all the things that could go wrong with my pregnancy and I know that this is were the fear is coming from. I am working on a ladder thought that is more neutral and can help me to move from fear to acceptance so that I can take the actions that I want to take. The issue that I have right now is that I am having a conflicting thought that creates more stress about this situation. I am thinking that I need to wait until Monday to see my doctor and know what is going on. How can I manage this other thought? I am not trying to get rid of the stress necessarily but just find a way to approach it in a more conscious way rather that reacting to it. Thanks!
C: spotting and cramping on my 5th week of pregnancy
T: I am afraid to lose this pregnancy
A: read about spotting and cramping during the first trimester, contact my medical provider to ask if it is normal, think of all the possible consequences of spotting and cramping
R: Think that I could lose the pregnancy
T: I am experiencing symptoms
A: Follow the instructions from my medical provider (stay hydrated, rest, know that spotting and cramping could be normal but let them know if symptoms get worse), stop googling my symptoms
R: Accept my symptoms and do what I was advised to do.