Pre-Partum Depression

According to the well-informed, even-handed and popular pregnancy book, Don’t You Love Your Baby? my Baba Mama is not supposed to doing the following until at least five years after the birth:

  • Eating peanuts
  • Drinking wine
  • Eating pre-washed salads
  • Eating refined sugar
  • Eating ground beef
  • Sleeping on her back
  • Sleeping on her stomach
  • Sitting
  • Standing up
  • Eating high fat foods
  • Eating anything
  • Speaking
  • Watching TV
  • Breathing

Honestly, I’m waiting for the technology to exist to have the embryo removed just after conception so it can be grown in a specially-designed lab so the child’s parents awful daily habits need never endanger him.

Fortunately, Babble‘s Bad Parent columns are here to make us not feel quite so horrible. With essays like I Breastfeed in a Moving Car, My Daughter Watches Up to Six Hours of TV a Day, and To Hell with Babyproofing: I’m Not Securing Any Cabinets, I think there are worse things we could be doing.

That, and I kind of agree with some of the essays…

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One thought on “Pre-Partum Depression

  1. Seriously, those books can make you crazy. All with ‘must do’ advice, and they all contradict each other on a lot of subjects. I think when you figure out that you just need to make your own decisions that are right for you, and to hell with the rest, pregnancy becomes a lot more…relaxed.

    Besides, it’s good training for all that conflicting parenting advice you are going to recieve (or already are receiving), and will eventually have to throw 90% out the window, then just do what feels right.

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