Thursday, October 26, 2006

More cool tools for Moms-to-be

I think we’ve picked a great time to be pregnant.

With the advent of web 2.0 and the new focus on online “communities,” especially those around pregnancy, there are so many great offerings on the web—and that doesn’t even include all the great blogs about pregnancy and motherhood out there.

Yesterday I stumbled upon what I assume is a fairly new pregnancy tool (please correct me if I’m wrong) at iVillage.

It’s called pregnancy & baby plus. It’s got to be rivaling ClubMom, which is another great site for pregnant women and moms.

The iVillage offering lets you set up a profile page, write a journal, share pics, etc. It’s all the usual stuff. But it offers you a weekly calendar function which is similar to La Femme Bonita’s pregnancy tracker that I like so much.

This calendar has seven different little tips, facts or teases for each week. For week 23, I found out that the rhythmic “kicks” I thought I was feeling were actually hiccups! You guys may have known that, but I thought it was pretty interesting. I would include the link, but it’s one of those static links, so you wouldn’t actually go to the page.

There was one disturbing feature though. Maybe not so much disturbing as graphic.

You can watch pregnancy podcasts and I clicked on the podcast called “In the Birthing Room.”

Now I realized that this podcast would be about delivery, but I had no idea how explicit it would get.

The information was interesting and they did explain what would go on once we arrive at the hospital for delivery. I’m cool with that. And since I watched at work, generic shots of a hospital room were not offensive.

Then, a completely naked pregnant woman pops up on the screen and pops the baby out! I saw everything and I didn’t want to see any of it.

I’m sure for this woman, this was a beautiful experience, but it wasn’t to me. I avoid labor and delivery shows on Discovery Health and TLC at all times. I know I will go through that, but I don’t care to watch other women experience it.

This wasn’t my biggest problem though—I don’t want to completely naked in the delivery room. I know I have to be uncovered on the bottom, but on top, I’d like to keep my top on. Is this whole completely nude thing common? I hope not, because as a self-confessed prude, that will not be good. I truly believe it will make me even more nervous and scared.

Have any of you heard of this? Did you experience it?


Blogger Shana said...

Don't worry, you don't have to take off your top in order to deliver.

However, if you have an unmedicated delivery you may find yourself taking off all your clothes during transition. It's pretty common to have an overwhelming desire to not have ANYTHING on you during this stage. I speak from experience here. :-)

11:39 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

That's good to know. I am planning on getting an epidural if possible. My cousin's labor with her first child was about two hours. I'm being very optimistic in my hope that I'll be just like her. My mom was in labor with me for more than 12 hours (which could explain why I'm an only child!)

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