View Full Version : Article...what do you think?
07-17-2005, 05:52 PM
My friend sent me the link to this article today after I had my mini freak-out yesterday. What do you think? Do you think pregnant (or even not-quite-pregnant) women worry and stress over nothing? Or do you think the author makes light of legitimate concerns of moms-to-be?
The Pregnancy Panic Attack (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8284167/)
07-17-2005, 06:03 PM
We worry and stress over EVERYTHING. It never stops. I personally attribute it to the internet. There is so much information out there and around every corner is a horror story guaranteed to send you into a tailspin. The worrying starts before you even get pregnant! "What if it takes us a long time? What if we struggle with IF?" And then you get your glorious BFP and it's "What if it's a chemical pregnancy? What if it's an ectopic?" I could go on and on-it never ends. I'm 3 weeks from my due date and now I worry about L&D. I can't even imagine how much I will worry once we bring the baby home.:rolleyes:
07-17-2005, 07:41 PM
I think, when you get that first BFP, your natural, motherly instincts kick in (for most of women). We want to do whatever is best for our children. Just as in parenting, we all make different choices.
Though some might say that I was overly cautious (cutting out diet coke, eating less than a can of tuna per week, cutting out cold lunch meats, etc), I can look back at my pregnancy and say that I did everything that I could to help give my baby the best start on life. That's important to me, it helps give me peace.
07-17-2005, 10:43 PM
I do think that some (not all, by any means) pregnant women stress and worry an unnecessary amount. I've heard of people stating that they're scared of their ultrasounds because they don't want something to be wrong. Uh? How weird is that? I loved my ultrasounds, I got to see my sweet baby before she arrived. I just never understood the concept of worrying about things that are out of one's control. It does no good and probably does more harm. JMHO.
07-18-2005, 06:58 AM
I've heard of people stating that they're scared of their ultrasounds because they don't want something to be wrong. Uh? How weird is that? I loved my ultrasounds, I got to see my sweet baby before she arrived. I just never understood the concept of worrying about things that are out of one's control. It does no good and probably does more harm. JMHO.
I'm one of those women who are scared of ultrasounds. I've had 4 MCs and for me, ultrasounds = finding out the baby had died. I'm guessing you've never experienced the pain of a miscarriage, and I am happy for you for that - However, just because you have had positive experiences with pregnancy and ultrasounds, I ask that you not make light of the feelings of those women whose situation is not as pleasant as yours.
07-18-2005, 07:54 AM
I actually responded to this article yesterday for similar reasons that Nigellas posted! Every women is different and therefore every pregnancy is different! That means that some women may have very valid concerns about things the author attributes to being too worked up over.
07-18-2005, 09:24 AM
I understand Nigellas POV, I think what tgray99 meant by not being afraid of ultasounds was because that the actual test is not harmful. It seems as though the media has nothing good to say these days in general, about what is or rather isn't good for you and being pregnant definatley makes you more worried. The feeling for me was, "Am I doing what I can to have a healthy baby?" That said, I did drink diet coke (1 a day...needed the caffeine to stay awake), ate tuna occasionally and didn't take pre-natals because they made me throw-up. Worrying about all the what-if's is part of being a parent, and it starts for the minute you find out your pregnant. You just have to try to not let the negatives take over and stress you out.
DD Madison 11/19/99
DD Macey 04/03/02
07-18-2005, 02:08 PM
Thanks, Jenn, you expressed it better than I did.
No intent to offend.
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