The Challenges of a Mega-City Pregnancy: Mega and Minor -- A List in Progress
Clearly, it's no cakewalk being pregnant in New York City. According to writer Emily Nussbaum:
"No one offers you a seat on the subway. Everything smells terrible. It’s normal to walk twenty blocks through rain and heat and snow, just like a postman, except nonunion and with the mail sack tied to your abdomen. There’s remarkable pressure to look stylish and put together even when your ankles have swollen up to the size of Murray’s bagels."
Nussbaum's musings got me thinking about how being pregnant in New York compares to being pregnant in the GTA.
The scarcity of public washrooms. Face it, the GTA is Scroogeville when it comes to the availability of public washrooms. In fact, I have long suspected that washroom scarcity is an undiagnosed cause of pregnancy rage. Ever try to schedule your life and plan your errands around the availability of public washrooms? Try doing that for nine-and-a-half months at a stretch and see how your mood is affected.
Lack of recognition for multi-season heroics. Depending on the date of conception and the date of delivery, a GTA mom-to-be can count on schlepping through slush/snow, splashing through puddles, and sweating through heat waves. And yet she doesn't get hailed as a hero in the same way as the folks who carry our mail do. What's with that?
Traffic: construction and weather-related. There is no such thing as a quick zip across town anywhere or anytime in the GTA. Whether your midwife is traveling to your home or you're heading to the hospital to give birth, the traffic facts of life will have to be factored into your birth plans. You can mull this over while you're commuting with a too-full pregnant bladder.
The shortage of midwives, obstetricians, and misc. healthcare resources. The supply of pregnant women hoping to have their babies delivered by midwives vastly exceeds the supply of midwives. Yep. You don't even have to be born yet to end up on your first health-care waiting list.
Now it's your turn. If you're pregnant, you've no doubt spent time in the middle of the night pondering the highs and lows of being pregnant in the GTA. And if you know a pregnant woman, you've no doubt been on the receiving end of some rants on this subject. Do tell....