My daughter Penelope is 16 months old now and I love taking her out and about to experience new things. One of the things we love to do is mother/daughter shopping trips. Well, more accurately, I push her in the stroller through the store as fast as possible so she’s not grabbing clothes off the rack and throwing them on the floor. LOL! My daughter loves to wave and say hello to people while we are on our shopping trips so I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of people recently, including a few pregnant women. One day, Penelope and I were sitting in the mall food court sharing a soft pretzel and a pregnant woman sat down at the table next to us to have some Chinese. In true Penelope fashion, she started waving. The woman started waving back, so of course I had to strike up a conversation.
The usual, “When are you due? Do you know what you’re having? Have any names picked out? Where are you delivering?” conversation started. Something I’ve learned after having a baby and becoming a Mom is that once you’ve been through the entire process of being pregnant, going into labor, having the baby, and raising a child, you love to talk about the experience. Since every experience becoming and being a mom is different for everyone, the mom-sharing just pours out of you. Another thing I learned along the way is that when you’re pregnant, you have LOTS of questions for other moms. I can still remember the fear I felt when I was pregnant. Is what I’m experiencing normal? When will this heartburn go away? Should I call my doctor? What is labor like? Is breastfeeding the best option for me and my newborn? My new mom friend had just as many questions as I had when I was pregnant. We talked for a little while about different things that happen during pregnancy and after the baby is born. I think just talking to someone who had been through the pregnancy experience made her feel better. I told her that all of her fears and questions were normal and she would be just fine.
After we both finished lunch, we parted ways and Penelope gave her a big wave goodbye. On the way home, this conversation made me realize why we need apps like Baby Giggles
; it's easy and so helpful. You just fill out a few simple questions to create an account and once you have an account created there is so much information to help expecting mothers. There's the list of all the tests you need to have during pregnancy, all the things you should avoid when you’re pregnant, how to treat nausea and vomiting, and which over-the-counter medications to stay away from. Baby Giggles
helps answer many of the questions that you have when you’re pregnant and the app even tells you when you should be on the phone with your doctor. There are links to sign up for birthing classes, the contraction calculator, and how to control pain during labor. There are so many apps out there to help you when you’re pregnant but Baby Giggles
is extremely helpful. It's your destination for all things maternity! Learn more about The Christ Hospital Birthing Centers.