As I carefully limit my caffeine intake and avoid deli meat, my mother shares that she nearly lived on Pepsi during her second pregnancy and doesn't recall dietary rules of any sort. I've also had many choices regarding how much I want to know about my pregnancy and future child, while my mother had virtually none.
I am not usually someone who likes to live in the past, or live with regret. I try to stay positive and focus on the here and now. However every time I look at my daughter, my 18-month-old being of love, light, and laughter, I can't help but wonder how the choices I made in my pregnancy will affect her life.
The women who need the most guidance and support are often those who have faced the toughest obstacles. To reduce the infant mortality rate and play a part in making our communities stronger and healthier, we must reach out to these women and help them access the healthcare and education they need because it truly takes a village to successfully raise a child.
Congratulations on your upcoming bundle (or bundles) of joy! No matter if this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, delivery day is always exciting and a bit nerve wrecking. As a mom of twins, and a mom who had a vaginal delivery with twins (yup!) I can tell you that I wish I had more information on the after birth procedure.
Creating a human being and creating a social venture have a lot in common: unexpected challenges, incremental growth, and the immense satisfaction of making something out of thin air. Not only do both endeavors involve a tremendous amount of change, but it's the kind of change that makes you realize your life will always be different from the way it was before.