Mom's Candid Confession On Not Feeling Connected to Her Baby While Pregnant

Many mothers don't want to admit it, but sometimes anxiety can get in the way of mothering.
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Who are we kidding? We have a story that a lot of people are talking about. It's a secret apparently. A lot of mothers-to-be don't feel comfortable sharing. They say they're not feeling connected to their babies during their pregnancy. Aditi roy spent time with one mom who shared her personal experience. Reporter: Tracy moore is a doting mom to edie. But it wasn't always this way. When you first found out you were pregnant, what went through your mind? Words I can't repeat right now. Reporter: Moore and her husband have been married just two months when she found out she was pregnant. And their lives weren't exactly baby-friendly. Went to rock shows or hung out in bars, practically four nights a week. I smoked a lot of cigarettes. I ate a lot of fast food. Reporter: She was expecting a baby when she wasn't a baby person. But she felt pressure to become a model mom. Hollywood didn't help with images of adoring moms. There's an assumption that you know everything to do. Reporter: Moore can relate to movies like "knocked up." I'm pregnant. Reporter: With katherine heigl and seth rogen, who get greg. I was seth grogan. A giant list of things you can't do. Reporter: When edie was born, it was love at first sight. I did all of the stuff that wasn't natural. Sing-songy stuff. Doing the funny voices reading the stories. It was a matter of weeks before it was natural. Reporter: Now, moore wants to ease other hesitant moms into motherhood. She has written a book. How to rock the mother of all surprises, a positive guide to your unexpected pregnancy. Her biggest surprise is what she's learned about herself. My life was cracked open and bombarded with light. I grew in so many ways that were unimaginable to me. Reporter: For "good morning america," aditi roy, abc news, los angeles. We ask you to tweet us advice for anxious mothers. Here's what you have to say. Kathy hunt advises moms to sleep when your baby sleeps. And linda curtis tweets that babies and children feel your anxiety. Stay calm. They will be calm. That doesn't change, no matter how old they get. We want to turn to senior medical contributor, dr. Jennifer ashton. Jen, I know this is something you can relate to personally. Yeah. It's shocking to me that still we assume that every, single woman when they find out they're pregnant rejoices. We have to remember that that's not always the case. Almost 50% of pregnancies in this country are unplanned. That doesn't mean they're undesired. But that just means when a woman finds out, they can be shocked. And it's not always the best news -- right. Exactly. It's okay to feel the fear. That's right. And it takes nine months to grow that baby. It sometimes takes nine months or even a little longer to mentally and emotionally and psychologically come to terms with it. When you have a patient that comes in and says they're scared and uncomfortable, what's your advice? Congratulations. That makes you a rational, real person. I say, it is scary. We have to take it step-by-step, day-by-day. People have to understand that if you're biologically that child's mother or not, there's a lot of parents that didn't give birth to that child. They can have the same reaction. When you walk out of the hospital, I remember -- I'm supposed to know what to do? Me, too. You expect he to dress this baby by myself. And I was a doctor. You know, we also heard somebody say, they can feel your emotions. Stay calm. Okay. But what impact does the mother's emotional state have on the unborn child? We're learning more and more about that, josh, all the time. In in utero stress. Stay calm and carry on. It's tough being a parent. We want to stay calm. We all want to win the lottery. Jen, thanks. You bet. I think it was shakespeare

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