My niece and nephew are expecting their first baby right now, any minute. This baby is special for the family in that it’s the first of the next generation. I’m already a great aunt three times and another on the way, through my husband’s side, but this will be my brother’s first grandchild and thus the first for my family.
We’re all excited and can’t wait to find out what sex it is. The young couple decided they didn’t want to know, which seems to be unusual nowadays. My sister-in-law and I agree that not knowing is part of the excitement. When our children were born knowing in advance wasn’t an option. In fact I didn’t even have an ultra sound scan for either of my children and we all survived in good health. Mind you I was much younger, in my mid twenties, when I had my first baby.
Pregnant mums these days are assailed by all sorts of do’s and don’ts even down to food restrictions on what I would have and probably did, swallow happily. My body and the baby onboard told me in no uncertain terms if something wasn’t to be eaten. I couldn’t drink tea, coffee or alcohol, couldn’t stand the smell of them for the whole of one pregnancy. Instead of morning sickness I couldn’t face dinner.
Now women have to cope with all those unexpected side effects and changes as well as those imposed by health professionals and doctors. How times have changed, even for such a natural, age old process as childbirth.