I am a 28 year old married woman who is pregnant for the first time. I have had my share of medical conditions, but I'm not yet ready to talk about them in a setting such as this because they are a little embarrassing (digestive health...).
My current health interests tend to lean towards pregnancy, prenatal health, postpartum health and pediatric / infant / baby health.
The driving force behind by new-found fascination for motherhood and the health-related topics associated therein is in all likelihood primal maternal instinct and concern for my baby. What began as a passing interest has truly become a fascination that borders upon an obsession at times. I find online communities such as EmpowHer to be a wonderful source of information and interaction that satisfies my cravings for both in much the same way those with personal vices derive satisfaction from their respective vices, only in my case the obsession is a (relatively) healthy one.
I had a rough first pregnancy. First of all, I was in tremendous pain, both from being pregnant as well as from vulvar varicosities - essentially varicose veins of the vulva and surrounding area.
One day when I came across an article about babies that are born addicted to painkillers, it really resonated with me in a profound way, and my heart goes out to each and every baby who suffers from the condition. What a first impression of life and the world...
Unfortunately, not all moms are willing and able to abstain themselves, and prenatal abstinence syndrome remains a significant concern, and one that is only increasing.
This is a fact I find most unfortunate, and one of the goals I have is to help educate women who use illicit substances while pregnant about the consequences to their babies of their reckless behavior.