Knowing that there are all of these different types of birth defects can be a very scary and overwhelming thought to a pregnant woman. When my friend was pregnant for the first time, she was terrified at the thought that anything could be wrong with her baby.
I completely understood her fears, but it helps though to really look at the numbers. The most common birth defect in the U.S. only occurs in one percent of babies. If you consider the enormous number of babies that are born in this country, it shows how low the odds are.
How I coped with this thought during my own pregnancies, and what I tried to help my friend do, was to not worry about what could be wrong. You shouldn't worry about something imagined, because most of the time it doesn't become a reality. I just tried to enjoy my pregnancies, and decided I would only worry if I was told there was actually something wrong.