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Great 'Expect'ations

Posted by Lara Salahi  November 8, 2012 09:30 AM

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Whether you’d like to learn more about fertility or get comfortable with your changing body during pregnancy, this blog is for you – even if you have what seems like just a few minutes left before full-on motherhood.

A bit about me – I’m pregnant! Six months, to be exact. Although I’ve labored through some parts, I have loved my pregnancy so far. I say this in earnest because, compared to what I've heard from many other women, I've had it easy. I really cannot say that about any other period in my life (not even when I was planning my wedding!).

It’s no exaggeration that this experience has changed me in every way (Yes, even physically). While I've tried my best to embrace the changes and roll with the punches and kicks, every week has also brought its own set of questions. 

One question in particular -- “what’s happening to me!?” 

One day, baby is the size of a lemon (courtesy of The next, she’s the size of an eggplant and I feel like I’m staring at a stranger’s wardrobe 30 minutes before I have to find something suitable for work.  

As a self-proclaimed healthy young woman who has never had to see the doctor for more than the routine check-up, I've been forced to get comfortable with my family and genetic history. I chart my blood pressure and say, “it’s right on track,” before the nurse gets that chance. I've used a Punnett Square to predict our little boomba’s genetic future. These diagrams are all works of art hanging in my home office, soon to be replaced with boomba’s masterpieces.

According to professor Punnett, she may have a .06 percent chance of becoming the next Picasso. Regardless, I’m sure we’ll brag about whatever brush stroke she makes on that paper.  

I’ve shown up to the store forgetting what I needed to buy. My husband has reminded me about full blown conversations that I can assure you never took place. These scenarios have happened more times than I’d like to remember. (Pregnancy brain? More on whether that really exists in a later post…)

Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes I’m scared this is forever.

Google -- the search engine known to give us answers -- has never seemed more indecisive about pregnancy. Every symptom could be either really good or really bad, depending on what site I click. More than a nap, I just want some scientific truth.

Surely many of you have felt the same way. That’s why I have chosen to start this conversation with you. 

I have learned through my own pregnancy that as much as our own mothers try to walk us through the process, chances are we will not have a pregnancy similar to the women a generation before us. Sorry, Mom. Sure, genetics do play a role in how we carry, but each pregnancy round is different. Each comes with its own heap of experiences to share.  New scientific findings have given way to emerging medical practices and new ways of thinking about pregnancy have given way to new trends.  

Many women and their partners can attest that there are more questions pre-, peri-, and post- pregnancy than they had ever imagined, and even more lessons to be learned -- even if it’s not their first time.

This blog is not meant to offer medical advice. Being pregnant doesn't make me an expert in pregnancy. However, I am a journalist, and for that reason, I’d love to get us some answers.

I hope this blog will serve as a resource to share the latest in pregnancy-related trends and a place where we can share our experiences, whether they are successes or failures.   

This blog is for you, mama want-to-be, to-be, and soon-to-be-again. Please share your experiences and questions with me! 

This blog is not written or edited by or the Boston Globe.
The author is solely responsible for the content.

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Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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