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What to Expect When You’re Expecting … And an Argument for A Calm Pregnancy

Do Easy Pregnancies Make Easy Babies?

I remember when I was pregnant with my first child. I was in a “pregnancy bubble,” feeling like I was the first person ever to be pregnant. My mother-in-law who is Korean told me about an old wives tale back in the old country was that a calm pregnancy will result in a calm child. I was fairly content as work launching a new website for an online temp agency for accountants. It was another kind of bubble holed up in a conference room 8 hours a day with developers, project managers, and web designers. The pregnancy went smoothly but the marathon of sitting resulted in hemorrhoids.

My website and baby arrived at almost the same time. Thankfully the website was done a week before the baby. She was calm and contented baby. Our only issue of her babyhood was her undiagnosed acid reflux which caused her to want to be upright inconveniently from midnight until four in the morning. It was a just a few months but it was torturous.

I was less calm for my next pregnancy. I was stressed trying to balance a full-time job as the family breadwinner with a new baby. The internet bubble of 2002 had just burst so my business was faltering. My husband, who agreed to stay home with our first child, did not want to continue this gig. We opted for a switch out but it was unclear at the time exactly what he would do for work. When our second baby arrived, we were unprepared with a name assuming it was a boy. The old wives tales from Korean had indicated it thus. The baby was an active kicker it the womb, and my mother-in-law had a dream that foretold a boy. Nope, the baby was a girl.

This is the beginning for the post that  I wrote for ABC and the Million Moms Challenge. For the rest of the post, please click here.

I am lucky that living in the United States with access to top medical facilities and good nutrition, I was able to focus on my pregnancies. Not all women worldwide are as fortunate. The Million Moms Challenge will focus on crucial issues that are a priority for all mothers, including access to proper nutrition to support healthy pregnancies, trained midwives to assist in safe deliveries, and vaccines that enable children to survive to their first birthdays and beyond. Thank you for reading the rest of my story and showing support for mothers around the world in need of help.

The Million Moms Challenge is sponsored in part by ABC News, the UN Foundation, BabyCenter and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Million Moms Challenge. The opinions and text are all mine. Contest runs September 19 to October 16, 2011. A random winner will be announced by October 18, 2011.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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