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‘I kept thinking “I won’t be able to do this”’ - Caroline Foran on pregnancy anxiety

Anxiety expert Caroline Foran has a fear of nausea and was terrified of getting pregnant, but she has learned to cope, she tells Liadan Hynes

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Author and podcaster Caroline Foran. Photo: Mark Condren

Author and podcaster Caroline Foran. Photo: Mark Condren

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Caroline's book

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Author and podcaster Caroline Foran. Photo: Mark Condren

Caroline Foran was nervous about getting pregnant. Not about becoming a mother, but specifically, about the pregnancy.

Caroline is of course one of the country’s leading authorities on anxiety, thanks to her bestselling book Owning It: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety, and the accompanying Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast, which recently passed one million downloads. Both are comprehensive guides to coping with anxiety that were inspired by Caroline’s own breakdown, when an anxiety attack in 2014 resulted in two years of suffering, with her life being turned completely upside down amidst constant panic attacks and emotional turmoil.

Caroline, whose third book, Naked: Ten Truths to Change Your Life, will be published next month, is now in her second trimester, but she tells me about her concerns about getting pregnant, as we sit last week, pre-self-isolation, in the living room of her north Dublin home. The room is beautifully decorated, as one might expect from one of the co-founders (with Jo Linehan) of digital interiors platform Gaff Interiors.