Tuesday, May 20, 2008

paranoia will destroy ya.


It's weird how easy it is to become obsessed and paranoid in pregnancy. The day I found out I was pregnant with Claire, I didn't eat. Shocked, I was convinced that I needed to read a billion websites to make sure that nothing I ingested was going to compromise her health. Once the baby is on the outside, I relax considerably. As a mom, I try to be informed but not paranoid. Today, I failed.

A while back, I read up on the plastic in Claire's sippy cups and since they are fine, I figured that we were a-ok. So, this morning when a friend casually mentions that that water bottles that store our family drinking water are made of the bad plastic, I put on my best laid back face, but inwardly, I was cringing. The rest of the afternoon, I was online, reading and trying not to weep. The internet is not a friend for the pregnant woman. I read about the effects for babies who use certain plastics. I didn't realize until Nate got home that I hadn't had anything to drink for the entire 6 hours after my friend's warning. And yeah, that probably wasn't the greatest thing for our littlest one. So, drank a bunch of water, ate some chocolate, and watched Claire fingerpaint. I focused on enjoying her without thinking about chemicals seeping into her little body while she made her creations. I let Nate take care of the water situation and I took a much needed 7 PM nap.

6 comments:

cmhd said...

I love the overhead pic of Claire - it looks like she's praying she'll make a good picture. :)

Don't worry too much...those studies involve outrageous concentrations, and certainly not the amount you MAY have been exposed to...

ang said...

Curly is right... they look at exposure to ridiculous amounts of toxins. Not the everyday small amount you may (or may not) have had. You saw your baby recently too, he is just fine and so is Claire. Whatever you do, don't use the internet for research while pregnant. I have been down that road too and it really is not helpful. :)

momaof4 said...

Love the finger paint!
Love you! You will all be just fine!!!

the mama said...

we've done away with as much plastic as possible in our home as a result of these studies. i'm just not willing to take the risks on my little girlies.

don't panic though. ang and curly have good points. unfortunately, i think this shock and frustration that we're experiencing about the products we've chosen will continue throughout the lives of our children. i'm trying not to let it control me, but i understand how the fear can be petrifying. hang in there- make the changes as you can.

priscilla tilgner said...

I know how you feel. I used to be mega paranoid when Aidan was a youngin. Every thing had to be a certain way and I did what I could to make sure he had the best of everything heatlth included.

Don't get me wrong I still do my best. But, I'm far more laid back now. You can only do so much then its all a trust in God. I know you know that already. Claire will be okay! Your doing your best!

mcmom said...

I'm sorry that you had to stress about this my friend. Priscilla is so right we can only do so much and the rest is up to God. You are such a wonderful mom.