Monday, May 30, 2011

Reason #93 I think the whole world is crazy.

Having a baby is making me feel rebellious.

Let me just say up front, a healthy baby is the most important thing to me. I'll do whatever I have to do for that. But some of the things pregnant women are supposed to abstain from aren't backed up by scientific research - there's a lot of fear-mongering.

So here's a list of things you are not allowed if you are a Good Mother, which may or may not be valid:
  • No hot tubs or hot baths
  • No sunbathing
  • No fake tanner, either, if you're feeling pale
  • No hair dye or highlights
  • No nail polish and certainly no going in the salon with all the fumes!
  • No alcohol
  • No sushi
  • No deli meat
  • No soft ice cream
  • No hot dogs                                                   
  • No soft cheeses                                              
  • No roller coasters
  • No rafting or tubing
  • No caffeine
I'd heard of the sushi restriction and who, of course, hasn't seen the "No preggers" warning on a bottle of booze?  But others have caught me off-guard, like when I read the no-caffeine thing while sucking down my usual caramel frappucino (for the record, while "no caffeine" is often batted about and lots of pregnant women pass it up completely, there's no reason not to drink it in moderation; too much can just be hard for the fetus to metabolize and can lead to premature uterine contractions. Fun fact!).

The perfectionism of the whole thing bugs me - the idea of trying to do everything right so Nothing Will Go Wrong. There are a lot of things that can go wrong during a pregnancy, and I think that's why we tend to resort to perfectionism. It reminds me of being a college athlete and being superstitious, knowing it was irrational but not wanting to entertain that niggling doubt if something went wrong.

And if you're really worried? Well, then you can buy belly armor to shield your unborn child from the radiation of your cell phone and laptop. Just to be safe.

I'm not sure I'm going to make it through the next 7 months with my sanity intact, y'all. And once they're born, there's so much more to worry about.

5 comments:

Trisha said...

I'm sure my mum would have eaten whatever she wanted when preggers... But I'll have to ask her. ;)

Anyway, I resent that no sushi thing!

Old Kitty said...

Oh my! Well all I can say is that my mum did whatever she wanted while pregnant - five times. :-)

You go with your heart and instinct and common sense and enjoy your pregnancy! Take care
x

Jenny said...

When my mom was pregnant, in the sixties, one of her pregnancy books cautioned women against gaining too much weight. It advised the mom-to-be to smoke a cigarette to curb food cravings. (I for one am glad she didn't smoke.)

Times change, thank goodness, but a little common sense still goes a long way.

Ricky said...

I'm sure it will go well, just get plenty of sleep before the baby arrives.

Medeia Sharif said...

Yikes at the restrictions. You'll get through it fine, I'm sure. :)