Tuesday, January 1, 2008


What does a scientist do when she becomes pregnant? She reads about pregnancy in every place she can including websites, books and scientific journals. She is exuberant but careful and informed.

And what does she do when after an easy complication-free pregnancy her child is stillborn at 40 weeks and 5 days gestation with no obvious cause? She continues to mother her child in the ways that are left to her which include continuing her study of the scientific material relating to pregnancy but with an increased focus on stillbirth.

In this blog I share with you my quest for a deeper understanding of pregnancy. In particular, I will describe the research I find most compelling for a sage way to approach pregnancy. I will also discuss pregnancy management, particularly preventative measures to improve pregnancy outcomes. Sadly, there is not a great wealth of well-researched information on these topics and much available information about pregnancy is riddled with well-meaning supposition.

I hope this blog will be a resource for sage parents as they embark on the joys and trials of pregnancy and childbirth. I am not a medical doctor, but an overly critical evolutionary biologist. What I post here is food for your pregnancy thoughts and does not constitute medical advice.


Christine (Lucy's Mom) said...

heather i hope the pages of your blog fill rapidly with the info you have to share.

Allan's mom said...

Thanks, Lucy. I hope you enjoy the first post on Listeriosis. Since I make sure to read thoroughly any article I discuss, it may take a while in between posts.

Julia said...

I am sorry about the death of your son.

And yes, there is not much good information on pregnancy out there, sadly often even among doctors. I am lucky in that my doctor keeps up on research and is always happy to discuss it with me. Didn't keep my son alive, but unfortunately there wasn't anything that could've been done there.

anarchist mom said...

Oh I'm so ready to debate kick counts. I'm similar in that I research the hell out of stuff as a coping mechanism. What would I do without the internet? Anyway, this is a good idea. I look forward to reading more.