“The Three Tests”

“The Three Tests”

“You have got to be kidding me?” That was my first reaction to the first test. As I was taking a long hard drag off of my cigarette. “There is no way! The test has to be wrong.” This was my second reaction of the second test.  A steady flow of tears streamed down my cheeks. What am I going to do? What is my boyfriend going to say? After using the two tests and no more to take, I stood outside of the back porch. I must have had 4 cigarettes in a matter of 15 minutes. I was trembling from my finger tips to my toes. My eyes were as puffy as a Cabbage patch dolls’. Repeating in my head “What am I going to do?” I took a deep, deep breath and walked inside. My boyfriend of over 7 years was sitting in the recliner. I took another deep breath, tears pouring out profusely. He asks “Why are you crying? What’s wrong?” He looks at me with concern. I handed him the test. He takes one look at it and says “What?” “What’s this?” I said, “I think I’m pregnant!” He said, “You’ve got to be kidding? There is no way!” The look on his face was of utter shock.  A few minutes went by and we discussed all the major changes that would happen if the tests were indeed positive. Just to make sure, I called the next morning and set up a doctor’s appointment to take one more test. After the third test in a doctor’s office, I finally believed the result. I couldn’t believe the words that were coming out of my mouth. “I’m pregnant!” Now that my daughter is over 13 months old I have come to realize one thing. Life can change in a matter of minutes or seconds. Taking care of yourself and living a healthy life style is important when you’re a mother.

Being pregnant takes a lot of self discipline and selflessness. Knowing that it’s not just you anymore can be hard to swallow. The feelings of all the extreme hormonal changes, not to mention, physical changes take over quite quickly. I remember my feet swelling up and my fiancé saying “Oh my gosh! They look like Flintstone feet.” At the time it was not very funny, but now it makes me laugh. With all these changes going on, your body reacts differently with what you eat and what you do. For example, my feet were so swollen after working a few10 hour days. I also found out that my intake of salt and sodium had a lot to do with retaining water. After a short amount of time, I realized I needed to make a change for the better. I needed to eat healthier food that wasn’t going to cause me all these crazy physical changes.

Living a healthy life style is one of the most important effects a parent has on their child. Being a mother is not only taking care of your child, but setting a good example. The most important influence on your child is the mother and father. For example, both my mother and father smoked growing up. I can remember the first time I smoked a cigarette. It was awful, having smoke fill your airway and lungs; it made me cough until I gagged. I strongly feel that if they didn’t smoke the odds of me smoking were a lot less. I started smoking and drinking when I was 16 years old. It was the cool thing to do and it couldn’t be that bad, since my parents were doing it. After 9 years of smoking and drinking I finally had to quite both, cold turkey.  It started the day I found out I was pregnant. I had to quite knowing it could cause serious problems for my unborn child.

I am now 27 years old, and drink occasionally and have totally given up smoking cigarettes. The way I look at life now is so much different than before I had Marlie. Life isn’t just about me anymore, it’s about my family. I have kept a lot of good habits from when I was pregnant; I still eat healthy, and don’t smoke. I truly think life is too short to worry about the small stuff, but too long to not take care of yourself.

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