A Question for My Pediatrician (That I'll Never, Ever Ask)
During my pregnancy, I was convinced that if the wind blew the wrong way, my unborn child would somehow be affected. Every single thing about EVERY SINGLE THING concerned and worried me. Though I was totally healthy and had just about the most easy and perfectly planned and executed pregnancy AND delivery imaginable, I constantly worried that something would go wrong.
I was uber, crazy, and ultra strict about what foods went into my body. Feta? FORGET IT. I might as well push myself down a flight of stairs. Caesar salad? Too risky. Caffeine? What am I, a crack addict? NO WAY. I steered clear of anything remotely taboo or off limits and flocked to a popular prenatal yoga class about four times a week to combat my stress and get my pelvis ready for D-Day.
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Every time I went to see my doctor, I walked in armed with a list of questions that I was legitimately concerned about. For instance, "Can sunscreen harm my baby? (Inside my stomach)" "Will a loud movie or concert called head trauma or hearing impairment?" "Is pushing a bowel movement too hard going to rupture necessary membranes and cause labor?"
In hindsight, these questions, I realize, are pretty ridiculous. Especially, as I said, because (despite being in labor for 24 hours) I had such a smooth delivery and my boy was healthy and perfect. I think, however, it took a great delivery experience to knock the nerves out of me and stop worrying. (Certainly, going without sleep for the first three weeks also helps in the delirious "who has time to worry about anything" department too).
The point is, that once I had a child, the worries shifted from me to... Guess whooooo? Yes, him. While I don't spend (almost) every waking hour worrying about him, I must say, every now and again a concern or question pops into my head that I become utterly obsessed and curious over. However, most pediatricians are non-alarmists... un-phased by anything. I can remember bringing in my infant son, CONVINCED something was terribly wrong and the doctor hardly blinked. It's like his head could be spinning and snakes shooting from his mouth and they'd say "it's totaaaaaally normal. Nothing to worry about."
By the way, do all pediatricians have that "hakuna matata...blood shooting from his eyeballs is normal" attitude?
Anyway, the other day, during a routine workout, I was overcome with quite possibly the biggest and most convincing concern of my son's 4.5 years. Forget what am I doing emotionally to screw him up and the 90 thousand things I should feel guilty about, THIS is the mother load of all-terrible parenting.....
As I was working out, for whatever reason, I started to think about how tall my son is (for his age) and I wondered (ready for this?) if it was because he eats a lot of non-organic foods: Could it be all the growth hormones in the foods that's making him sprout like a jumbo strawberry -- thanks to pesticides?
Though I'd like to call my pediatrician about this I know I need to refrain. However, I'm not entirely convinced that my worry is that out of whack.
Tell me: What are some of your weirdest concerns that you've thought about asking your pediatrician but haven't... or maybe you have? Hmmm??