I’ve been reading Sara Cotner’s personal blog lately and I’ve been really impressed by her pregnancy. I mean, it’s possible she’s hiding the really bad parts, but she makes her pregnancy sound like it has been manageable, meaningful, and enjoyable. I think a lot of that has to do with how prepared she was going into the process. I thought to myself about the women who I know who have faced unplanned or unprepared for pregnancies, and the women that I know who faced difficult pregnancies, and the women who had easy pregnancies. Easy being an interpretive word here, since growing another person is rarely easy.
It seems to me that the women who are in the best shape for pregnancy are literally the women who are in the best shape, physically. They are also the ones with the lowest number of vices and the best eating habits. They are the ones who are very mindful about what they do and what they eat and what they spend their time doing during their pregnancies, and I want to be more like them.
Since we aren’t thinking about having kids for at least another 2-3 years, I started thinking to myself that if I could change my habits now, or know what habits I will have to change in the future, I would have a higher likelihood of a less-painful pregnancy, and at the very least, I could avoid being totally surprised by some of what comes down the road. So I downloaded a sample of “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting”, to see if it would be worth checking out from the library. The sample included a list of what kinds of doctors you should go see before you start trying to have a baby, and one of the doctors listed was not a doctor, but instead a dentist.
“Oh CR*P!” I said, really loudly. Husband asked what was going on.
“Well, apparently, there is a horrible connection between gum disease and pregnancy.” I said, indignant that somehow my lack of flossing affects anything other than my cavity count.
Husband then said, “what ARE you reading?”
I had forgotten the horror story of my 8th grade band teacher, who had to have surgery on her gums during pregnancy because they were getting overgrown. I had forgotten that pregnancy affects everything. And I had also, as usual, forgotten to floss. I’m not a flosser. Not flossing, and drinking soda, are my two really really bad habits.
So there we go. Regular flossing at least seems to be one of the first habits I should try to develop, not just because someday, we’ll probably have kids, but mostly because we are too poor to pay for the habits of my poor oral hygiene. I’m also two months overdue for my six month dental appointment, so I need to floss a lot now anyway to avoid the lectures by the dentist.
Does anyone else share my concerns about healthy pregnancy or my inability to floss? Anyone have tips for developing a good flossing habit? Yes, I use those lazy-girl flosser things, no, I still don’t floss very often.