Pregnancy’s Best Season



Is it better to be heavily pregnant in waning days of summer or the dead of winter?

A colleague and I were discussing the million-dollar question just yesterday. She hasn’t had any kids. And I’m well into my second pregnancy.

She really wanted to know. And it’s something I’ve thought about an awful lot. So I unloaded…

Well, I said, both my pregnancies took place in the burning, shimmering, sidewalk-melting heat of summer. It’s true that it’s hot and sweaty. Most of the time you just want to lay under an air conditioner and stay still. Waiting for a subway in a hot tunnel can be overwhelming. The last thing you want to do when you’re pregnant is faint from heat exhaustion. Especially on a subway platform.

On the other hand, I told her, it’s summer, so I can get away with wearing cotton dresses. I wear flats and no socks. I haven’t seen a pair of tights (no wrestling with waistband issues!) in months.

In winter, I feel sorry for those women who can’t zip their coats over their 8-month bellies. And what about when it’s snowy or icy? The thought of falling head-first into a snowbank or slithering about on black ice is enough to make even the boldest mom-to-be head for the hills … or make that, the home.

And it can also be bone-shiveringly chilly which doesn’t feel good even with the hot sweats of pregnancy.

Plus, when I have this baby – he’s scheduled to land in just a few short weeks – we’ll be headed into fall. “And I can tell you that pushing a stroller through the park as the leaves turn really takes the edge off those sleepless nights,” I said.

Not quite the case for those moms who birth their children in January or February.

“You sound like you’re onto something,” my colleague remarked. I felt like I was.

Then I got into the elevator with another colleague who has been pregnant two times.

“So what do you think is best,” I asked her, “To be pregnant in the summer or the thick of winter?”

“Oh, the thick of winter for sure. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”


reprinted from the Wall Street Journal  By Francesca Donner


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