If you feel the need to utter these words to a pregnant woman in your life, or, God forbid, a woman you've just met, please know that she's calculating just how far she can reach beyond her belly to strangle the life out of you.
I thought her statement was harsh. And that she needed anger management or couples counseling. I actually feared for her marriage -- and her husband. Fast-forward five years and I completely understand.
You are going to fail so beautifully at so many things in the next four years, but your love for your family will not fail you once. It will pick you up. It will straighten your path. It will make you whole again.
Having a child is nothing if not a roller coaster full of bodily fluids and emotional trauma. So why are we recording the day he tried solid foods and failing to commit to paper the first time we had a panic attack because we almost dropped him?
With the prospect of huge costs, you will want to control expenses without sacrificing quality of care -- which means that choosing both a high-value pregnancy provider and the right hospital for giving birth is important.
Being pregnant is hard on a woman both physically and mentally. It's something I can't experience. I can only observe. As a husband, I often feel helpless. Like I'm just some cheerleader on the sidelines, hoping everything turns out OK.
We saw, and are now realizing, some of the benefits described here for sure, but we also recognized the risks we created in the process -- and planned accordingly. My advice to all older parents -- do the same.
Home births are becoming more and more common, but they still aren't the norm by any means, and I've definitely encountered a few naysayers about our decisions. But, we've thought this through and are well-informed.