Thursday, February 23, 2012

Let me tell you a little something about growing babies

I'm not a Dr. I'm not an expert. I'm just a mom, who has had a good amount of healthy babies. A little... "discussion" today, sparked this jewel right here.

I am going to quote a staff member from one of the Navy clinics I went to (I didn't even like her either.) with my 4th son's pregnancy. "Pregnancy is a state of wellness, not a state of illness." In general, that quote is absolutely the truth. For a healthy woman, pregnancy is not a condition that should be treated as an illness.

I certainly don't know everything, I wont pretend I do. There are however some useful things I have learned along the way during my multiple pregnancies, labors and deliveries. Some of those things can vary based on the mother's goals, but some of those things are very general and good for every healthy pregnancy. For example, exercise and physical activity are GOOD. For a healthy woman, having a healthy pregnancy, continuing normal physical activity or exercise after they become pregnant is ideal. It makes for a healthier pregnancy. This is not my opinion, this is fact. Healthy eating habits are another thing that is ideal. The old school thought that you are "eating for 2" and should consume anything and everything, just isn't true or healthy. You do increase your caloric intake, but that doesn't mean it should be all cookies and chips. This too, is not my opinion, it's fact.

This discussion today, took place on the facebook wall (shocker, I know /sarcasm) of a young and newly pregnant family member of mine. She asked those of us who have had babies, if some cramping in early pregnancy is normal. Most of us assured her it was and told her the usual "as long as it's not severe and you are not bleeding heavily, it's normal". She is a healthy young woman and thus far, albeit early, her pregnancy is healthy. Her uncle on the other hand, started telling her how she needs to take it easy, needs to not walk too much, she shouldn't have too much sex etc. because it can be fatal to the unborn baby. This nearly made my head implode. Is it really necessary to make this newly pregnant and young girl unnecessarily worry that her going for a freaking walk, will cause her to have a miscarriage? NO, it's not. At this point, there is absolutely no reason for her to "slow down" or change her typical moderate activity, from before she became pregnant. The exchange between him and I went on a bit, until I gave up because it was a lost cause, really. Of course, not before he basically told me, he has 5 kids (I wont even go into THAT one) and I don't know what I'm talking about. That literally had me laughing here at my desk.

To all of you newly pregnant ladies out there. If you are healthy, have no history of miscarriage and are having a normal pregnancy. You keep on going for those walks, you keep on working out and you keep on enjoying sex with your partner! Oh and indulge in those cravings, but keep it reasonable! Your body, your health and the healthy baby you're growing, will thank you for it later.


Amy said...

your uncle isn't a republican by any chance is he? (sorry, couldn't resist)

IMakeLotsOfBabies said...

It's HER uncle... hehe. You're a bad bad girl :P.

Claire said...

I would hope that my uncle would have no opinion of any kind on my sex life...yikes. My last facebook parenting debate involved an old friend who had put her newborn on a four hour feeding schedule, and would ignore the child's screams if it had not in fact been exactly four hours. People left helpful comment like "Don't give in, you will spoil her." and "It's good for her lungs." Good grief!

IMakeLotsOfBabies said...

I know it! To top it off, she's very young.

That whole feeding discussion would make me lose my mind. Oh my.