I have to admit (a little sheepishly here) that I hadn’t realized that there were so many people not aware of pregnancy in this country–I though that only happened in exotic faraway countries like Northern Canada. But since I now stand corrected, I’m pleased to know that pregnancy now has its very own month just to correct the terrible lack of awareness.
I’d hate to think that every time a woman with a protruding belly waddled onto the subway, some teenager would make a crack about laying off the Oreos. Or that we could potentially have millions of women sharing that same crazy birth story about how they just thought they had to poop at the prom and suddenly a baby came out. (Although I’d imagine those surprise babies wouldn’t only come out at proms; they would only account for about 78% of the births and the rest would happen in places like airport lounges and power plants.)
And seriously, can you imagine what would happen if not one otherwise healthy pregnant women took those prenatal vitamins every single day? On the other hand, that would greatly reduce the number of women lying about taking those prenatal vitamins every day. So the one small downside of pregnancy awareness is that it’s correlated with lying.
Then again, so is motherhood. So without pregnancy awareness, we really aren’t getting the preparation for parenting that we so desperately need.
In any case, thanks for the press releases about this important month, makers of baby products for sale. I’m glad I can do my part to spread the word.