No matter what anyone might tell you, motherhood is scary. You go from only having to care for yourself to literally having someone else鈥檚 life in your hands at all times. Babies can鈥檛 do a damn thing on their own, so it鈥檚 up to you to give them all you can to ensure they鈥檒l be okay. While motherhood is certainly full of positive parts, happy memories, and the like, there are moments when you realize the full extent of dangers that are out to get your baby. Or at least, that鈥檚 how it feels. Car accidents, unintended ingestion of any number of items, SIDS, bullying, sexual assault, school shootings, you name it. And then there鈥檚 also not-so-serious fears that are still rather unpleasant to think about (like dreading the day your baby becomes a tween who wants to lock you out of their room, or when your kid wants to wear plaid and polka-dots for their school picture). Point is, all moms have a list of fears, and these 14 moms dished out some of the biggest ones on their minds.

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鈥淭hat something tragic will happen to them.鈥 鈥 Rebecca, Littleton, CO

鈥淚 constantly worry that I鈥檓 not doing enough. I worry that I鈥檓 missing moments that I won鈥檛 be able to make up once they鈥檙e grown and gone. I鈥檇 go crazy if I didn鈥檛 step back and take some time for myself, but I always feel guilty while doing so.鈥 鈥 Kelsey, Seattle, WA

鈥淭hat my kids will grow up and write a memoir.鈥 鈥 Sharon, Seattle, WA

鈥淭hat I鈥檒l be sucked into spending so much time and energy on my kids and on repetitive house chores that there is no room left over to work on my own goals.鈥 鈥 Kate, Butte, MT

鈥淚鈥檓 a single parent. My biggest fear besides something happening to him is something happening to me: car crash, cancer, or a pulmonary embolism (which killed my father). I want to be there for him as long as I can.鈥 鈥 Sarah, New Orleans, LA

鈥淭hat when they鈥檙e grown, they鈥檒l look back and remember all the time I spent working instead of the time I spent with them.鈥 鈥 Jayme, Los Angeles, CA

鈥淣ot being about to teach my kids coping skills and self-care. My oldest son鈥檚 mental health and self-esteem and my youngest son鈥檚 anger getting him in trouble. Drug use and other bad decisions that will keep them from living a full life.鈥 鈥 Ang, Manchester, NH

鈥淚 kind of hate that when they鈥檙e my age (42) I am going to be 84. Just hope I鈥檒l be a spry 84. I鈥檝e started to take my health more seriously, wanting to be around and healthy as long as I can.鈥 鈥 Terry, Tampa, FL

鈥淒ying before she grows up.鈥 鈥 LaKesha, Annapolis, MD

鈥淚 am so afraid that one day my kids won鈥檛 want anything to do with me. All this love, all this work, gone along with my babies.鈥 鈥 Linnea, Denver, CO

鈥淭hat my kids will grow up and want nothing to do with me.鈥 鈥 Candace, Covington, OH

鈥淓verything Ali Wong says.鈥 鈥 Kat, Miami, FL

鈥淣ot having enough time for both kids鈥 and that my older kid鈥檚 grades and self-esteem (will) slip even more. Cost of child care. Cost of health care. Cost of groceries. Cost of water. Cost of diapers.鈥 鈥 Stephanie, Schaumburg, IL

鈥淚 will teach her my mistakes instead of the lessons I learned from them.鈥 鈥 Molly, Columbus, GA

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