In those early weeks of pregnancy, everything can feel new and scary and intense. As if expecting moms don’t have enough on their mind — in between (or perhaps during) the nausea, the fatigue and the hormone swings — many of us are required to find new medical providers, too. Medical care, especially medical care during pregnancy, can be complicated, which is why it’s no surprise that a pregnant woman meeting her OB for the first time will undoubtably experience a whole spectrum of emotions. So, if we were to capture text messages from this new mom meeting her OB, they’d at minimum hint at the emotional roller coaster that’s taking place behind that closed exam room door, and probably give you some much-needed insight as to exactly how it feels to be pregnant and looking for someone to, in the end, help bring your baby into the world.
Granted, I guess if you twist my arm, I can admit that yes, of course, having medical care is awesome and I’m lucky to not only live in a country with access to modern medicine, but be able to take advantage of it. In other words, none of this is meant to sound like a complaint. There are so many women who can't find the healthcare coverage they need, or the prenatal care they need and deserve, and that's just one of the many ways this country fails pregnant women on a daily, heartbreaking basis.
However, it’s simply a reality that there are ups and downs to the process, including but not limited to; the stirrups, the poking and prodding, and those horrible hospital gowns. Here’s a few other things that might stand out to other expecting moms, presented for your viewing pleasure as text messages because, after all, this is the year 2016.