I have been seeing so many friends and family members get pregnant in the past year and each time someone tells me something about their pregnancy, I am baffled.
Technology and fashion have come so far since I was pregnant in 1997!
When did teen pregnancy become normal?
I was 18 when I got pregnant - 19 by the time I delivered Angeline. I was not married, but even if I was, the stigma would have been the same. When I rode the bus, I heard other passengers murmuring tsk tsk, babies giving birth to babies...
Now? If you are a teen mom, you have a pretty good shot at getting your own show on MTV.
Being a pregnant teen was HARD - missing classes due to morning sickness, losing my job at the pretzel shop in the mall because I couldn't lift the lemonade container due to my huge belly...not going to prom because my baby bump made it impossible to find a dress...
How is it than in 15 years, society's view on teen pregnancy has gone from automating shunning and judgement to glorification? That just doesn't make sense to me.
You no longer have to hide your pregnant belly!
This is actually a good thing - when I was pregnant, the goal was to cover that stomach up. All of my maternity clothes were loose and flowing, I basically lived in baby doll dresses and jumpers. That was all I could find in the maternity section of stores.
Now? Designers make special maternity clothing lines and pregnant woman proudly display their big bellies. Hollywood pregnant mamas parade their bare bellies down the red carpet...it must be so liberating having all those options to choose from!
What the heck is a 3D Ultrasound?
When I was pregnant in 1997, ultra sounds looked like a carbon copy, full of static and maybe, just maybe, you could make out the vague shape of a peanut that was - according to your obstetrician - your baby. And when you wanted to take home a recording of your baby's ultrasound, you had to bring in a VHS tape for your doctor to record it.
I know, archaic, right?
Now, there are 3D ultrasounds that actually show your child - and it looks like a real human being, instead of some half grown sea monkey.
I had a scrap book...today women have blogs.
Blogs weren't around in 1997. Hell, most people didn't even own a computer or have access to the internet. Sure, some people had online journaling, but they were nothing compared to today's blogs.
Whereas I had a baby book where I wrote notes to my baby and stuck photos and ultrasound pictures, pregnant women today have entire blogs dedicated to their pregnancy experience. Some bloggers even receive baby products in exchange for reviewing them on their blogs...all I had was a baby shower, complete with "Guess how fat she is" games.