The pregnancy times have changed…

| May 21, 2011 | Comments (2)

When my mom was pregnant with me (her first), she was working at a center for mentally challenged adults. Surrounded as she was by people who had been born with birth defects, she was absolutely certain that she too would have a baby with birth defects.

Did she worry about what she ate? Did she read up on all the latest statistics and consumer reports about child seats? Not that I’m aware of. (Did she even have an infant seat for bringing me home? Not that I’m aware of!)

Bump Club and Beyond, a social event club for moms and moms-to-be, recently conducted a survey asking 200 women about cravings, fears and plans for their newborn.

While 56% of women shared my mom’s concern about the health of their newborns, 34% said they were “pretty concerned” about what foods they can and cannot eat. In terms of caring for their newborn, 61% said they needed more information about the various brands of formula and 41% said they needed more information about breastfeeding. The main conclusion from the survey was that most moms want more information.

This is in spite of the fact that we have more than enough information at our fingertips, thanks to the internet. We have more information, in fact, than at any other time in history. We can find out just about everything before our babies are born that we would ever want to know. We know what foods are safe and what foods, in general, are not safe. We know the risks we take by immunizing our children, and the risks we take by choosing not to immunize.

This is all information that was not available to my mom. She still remembers buying raw egg yolks in baby food jars, as an essential part of my diet (I’m thankful that I don’t remember that–yuck!). To be honest, I am just a little bit envious of my mom. Because she didn’t have such a wealth of information bombarding her every day, she had less to worry about. She just took care of me the best way she knew how, and, as far as I can tell, I turned out okay.

My kids are probably going to turn out okay too. But how many sleepless nights have I spent worrying about the effects of high fructose corn syrup, or Red #40, or fire retardants in our mattresses? I’m trying to believe my kids will turn out okay, but some days I wish I had a little less information giving me new things to worry about.

If you are an expectant mom and you have questions and concerns about your baby’s arrival, be sure to check out the coming events at the Bump Club and Beyond. They really do have a wealth of information available, information designed to alleviate your concerns, instead of creating new ones! This Saturday, celebrate Pregnancy Awareness Month with Bump Club and Beyond at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum with special guest, Alan Fields, as well as other pregnancy experts. There are many giveaways from fabulous sponsors, and everyone leaves with a goody bag, as well.

I received a media pass to the Bump Club and Beyond event. Regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.


Category: Birth, Chicago, New Posts

About Melanie Myatt: Melanie stills feel like a child inside, even though she now finds herself the mother of four kids. Her student husband has promised that life will get easier when he is done with school, but she isn't holding her breath. In spite of two master's degrees, she's somehow never had a real job. Nevertheless, she dreams of the day when she can be . . . something. For now, she spends her days folding laundry, cooking, eating, cleaning up, wiping noses, changing diapers, and re-reading countless children's books. When she can, she tries to find time for some grown-up types of thoughts to record at tales from the crib. View author profile.

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  1. Lisa says:

    My mother-in-law recently mentioned to me that our generation is so lucky to have all the information we have available to us when raising children, but that it must make it more difficult. I never thought of it that way until she mentioned it. She’s a wise woman.

    I’m finding myself on information overload lately, which means I’m paying less attention to the emails coming in and just trying to do my best. Based on my inbox, there is something new to be concerned about every week. How are we ever supposed to make confident decisions?

  2. Shari says:

    I think all you can do is the best you can with the information you have at the time. My Grandmother was horrified that my Mom allowed us to eat cold cereal and milk. She was sure we’d suffer because Mom didn’t make us bacon and eggs with toast every morning. Can you imagine serving that now? No fruit? No dairy? All that saturated fat? DCFS would knock on the door.

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