You are all probably so much more educated than I am. You probably read informative stuff online or *gasp* in the newspaper. NPR is probably the only radio channel you listen to. Some of you probably even read academic journals just to learn stuff. Not me. If it isn't on the Colbert Report I probably haven't heard of it.
Not that the ear doctor and I are thinking of starting a family or anything, but here is some interesting information I found out this morning. Before becoming pregnant I should:
1) Get a tetanus/whooping cough booster. Turns out that since I live in hippie-ville, USA a lot of kids don't get vaccinated for whooping cough so it is all over this town. Not bad for an adult to get, but really dangerous if a fetus gets it.
2) Start on prenatal vitamins before pregnancy. Really? Why did no one ever tell me this? I would never have thought to do this until after I saw those two little lines.
3) Get tested for this cystic fibrosis. Turns out 1 in 25 white Caucasian women carry this and if the ear doctor is a carrier then our kid could have a 25% chance of getting it. Not that it would stop us from having a family, but it'd be good for the doctors to know about it ahead of time.
4) Go off the pill 2-3 months in advance and let my body re-stabilize drug free. This makes sense to me but I never would have thought of it on my own.
That's a lot of stuff to learn all at once. How is it that, as a woman who wants, for sure, to have children some day, I never knew this?!?!?!?! Probably because I don't listen to NPR. I guess I'm missing out, right?
Then again, I did get to hear baby got back on the radio on my way back from lunch today....