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An interview that provides an insight into the life of expecting mothers.

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One of my best friends is soon to be a lovely mother and I was all enthusiastic about interviewing her for this project. Below is an excerpt from our conversation.

1. What is it that concerns you the most about pregnancy?

"Health wise, since this is my first time being pregnant, I am quite concerned about the entire process of pregnancy, child birth and the risks involved. There are a lot of unknowns. I have been experiencing a lot of changes in my body and it is natural that I do not have control over them. The best way to deal with this is to go with the flow. Emotionally it is quite straining, but  joyful too. Altogether it is a totally different experience. Every pregnant woman should be aware of what is going on in her body. "

2. How important is the support of family and dear ones at this time?

"I have lived both alone and with family during pregnancy, and in my experience family matters the most. As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of issues that go on during pregnancy and sometimes it can be overwhelming. It is always nice to have a person/people near you to fall back on, one needs a support system. And family is that. "

3. How crucial is it to find the right doctor and to be familiar with every physical and emotional change that takes place during pregnancy? 

 "Finding the right doctor is very essential to a smooth pregnancy experience. We may read up on a number of articles, pregnancy books, but all that is never enough. A doctor provides all the info that is necessary, like the normal changes to expect, warning signs to watch for, closely monitors any complications that may exist and intervenes if necessary, aside from other general discussions and suggestions. Proper medical guidance is definitely needed and a comfort level with the doctor is very important."

4. Is it hard to juggle between profession and personal time?

-"For me, It is not all that hard, Office is a great place to be and my colleagues are amazing people to be around with. Again, it all depends on what kind of an office environment one has because most of the day is spent at work. The only challenge for me is the commute from home to office. The journey is definitely a tiring one, but other than that there is nothing to manage or juggle. Pregnancy is not something different and it doesn't make my work a hard thing to manage, in any way. Also, it is very important for women to not shy away from talking about their pregnancy at work, because the more info people have about it, the more it helps for them to be supportive. " 

5. Have you gained a new perspective about life after becoming pregnant?

"I wouldn't call it a perspective about life, but yes I have realized a lot about the importance of a healthy mind and body. It is very important to be conscious about the things one does during pregnancy because everything revolves around the baby that is inside. For example, it is necessary to follow a proper schedule for everyday meals, maintain a healthy diet and take care of mental and physical health by having the right frame of mind and proper physical exercise. " 

P.S. Thank you Sri, for sharing your experiences with me. 

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

After being aware of the challenges faced by expecting mothers and all those concerned , a provocative thought of how one can be more considerate, supportive and sensitive of pregnant people, new parents and newborns, will definitely make us better, empathetic humans.

Tell us about yourself:

I am a Software Engineer by day who is passionate about literature, philosophy, social welfare, health and wellness.

Are you currently an employee of Sutter Health or UCB Pharmaceuticals?

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Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Anusha!

Thank you for interviewing your friend and sharing her experiences with us. We really appreciate it. Does your friend have a choice of a doctor where she is or is one assigned to her? What are her biggest concerns about the birth and life afterwards?

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Hi Kate,
Thank you for your message. Yes, my friend has been assigned a doctor and the entire process I believe, is going well. Since this is her first time being pregnant and aside from being a healthy women, she is concerned about the possible complications that may arise during childbirth and the health of the baby. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 6 million pregnancies each year in the United States alone, and small advances in identifying and preventing pregnancy related complications (like gestational diabetes, obesity, severe maternal morbidity and many more) can improve the quality of thousands of pregnant women. And I think this could be one of the many potential topics of discussion during the Ideas Phase.

Photo of Kate Rushton

Thanks, Anusha! The ideas phase is now open and I hope to see you and your ideas there. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Photo of Anusha Swamynathan

Thank you Kate! It's great to have you as a Community Manager for this challenge. I look forward to the collaboration.