By Christine Johnson, for Babyfit
You can buy all the books and read all the articles you want on pregnancy and childbirth, but your mother is really your best resource for the answers to these questions! And although her pregnancy and childbirth experience might seem outdated, she can offer some of the best, most honest advice. We've compiled some questions that you can use to interview your mother on a special occasion, such as Mother's Day or her birthday--it's a fun and creative way to bond!
After I delivered my first child, my mom and I used these questions to compare the differences in our experiences--we spent an hour and a half on the telephone, reflecting on some of our fondest mommy memories! I was just as surprised at the similarities as I was with the differences in each of our unique experiences!
- Did you have trouble conceiving?
- How long did you "try" before getting pregnant?
- Did you ever lose any pregnancies?
- How did you tell others you were pregnant?
- What pregnancy symptoms did you have?
- Did you suffer from morning sickness, exhaustion, indigestion, etc?
- What foods did you crave when you were pregnant?
- What did you do during pregnancy that now they suggest not?
- Did you have the choice to find out the sex? If so, what did you decide? If not, did you have a suspicion of the sex?
- What was it like when you gave birth?
- How long were you in labor?
- Did you have any C-sections?
- Did you have a natural childbirth?
- What was the "norm" for labor and delivery in those days?
- How did you feel during labor?
- Who was with you in the delivery room?
- What was my father's reaction after I arrived?
- Did you breastfeed or bottle feed?
- Which was more common? Were you encouraged to do one or the other?
- What was it like to recover from having a baby? How did you lose the pregnancy weight?
- Is there anything that surprised you about the pregnancy or about me after I was born?
- What baby supplies are available now that you wish you had?
- In what ways did your doctor encourage you to stay healthy during your pregnancy?