Each of my pregnancies were pretty uneventful–up until the 24th week. I was blessed not to have any morning sickness. My skin was glowing, my hair was growing, and the only real symptom I had was heartburn. Everything changed when I took my glucose test. After drinking a sugary solution and being pricked–repeatedly, like a pincushion–I discovered that I had gestational diabetes. Luckily, my doctors and other healthcare professionals were able to help me manage my condition and ensure the safety of my babies. Unfortunately, many other mothers around the world don’t have access to the same level of care.
The World Health Organization reports that every day, almost 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and each year 1 million babies die within the first day of their life.
Heidi Murkoff (who I met at BlogHer!), author of What to Expect While You’re Expecting, WhatToExpect.com, the International Medical Corps,1,000 Days, and the United Nations Foundation have joined together to celebrate healthy motherhood and baby bumps while generating awareness of the challenges moms face when trying to give their babies the healthiest start.
Without access to diligent doctors and midwives or the nutritious foods that a woman needs during pregnancy, the lives of moms and their babies are in danger. #BumpDay aims to shed an international light on the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth while celebrating the bonds that join us together in motherhood. On July 22nd, 2015, women around the world shared pictures of their pregnancy bumps–past and present–across social media. #BumpDay brings women and mothers together, one bump at a time, to promote healthy pregnancies and healthy futures for babies.
But it’s not just moms in other countries–right here in the United States, many women lack access to the care they so desperately need.
Here’s how we moms can help. Aside from sharing our #BumpDay selfies, we can:
- Care for our future by taking care of yourself during your pregnancy. Good prenatal care is necessary for giving our children the healthiest start!
- Feed our future with proper nutrition. Access to healthy foods can make it easier for our babies to have a good future. Whole grains, beans, fruits, leafy green vegetables are all beneficial to our health and the health of our children.
- Plan for our future. Plan for a healthy pregnancy by educating yourself before conception. Prior to pregnancy, take steps to prepare your body by eating healthy and taking care of yourself.
So help a mom by sharing a selfie! Follow #BumpDay on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see bumps from around the world.