Thursday, December 16, 2010

24:15 Yes, Your Pregnancy

I’ll come right out and say it: pregnant women are crazy. There are all these hormonal shifts that are taking place, the body is stretching and changing rapidly to make room for this amazing bundle of joy inside that we call a baby; after nine months you get to name it and then the real fun begins. In the meantime, we men get to live with a woman who is alternately exhausted, moody, nauseous, uncomfortable, giddy, excited, and “nesting”. It’s a real barn-burner of an experience and you have to keep up with the changes or risk getting run over in the process. In our house, Mrs. Nod goes by her title: Your Pregnancy.

There are occasions when things may not may not make sense to you, but the only proper response is: Yes, Your Pregnancy. You just don’t mess with a pregnant woman. Mrs. Nod says, “I’m hormonal, I don’t have to make sense.” My sister-in-law puts it a little more colorfully: “Pregnancy is its own bag of crazy!” To channel J.R.R. Tolkien’s Galadriel:
“[Y]ou would have a Queen! Not dark, but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!”
Ok, that last might be overstating the case a bit, but those hormones are powerful stuff. If your wife feels like she’s “losing her mind”, consider this: it could be your fault. According to the Institute of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Catholic University of Rome, stem cells from the baby containing the man’s DNA become lodged in the woman’s brain during pregnancy and remain there. The mother inherits some characteristics from her child, and indirectly, from the father. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

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