This post is sponsored by Natera, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s hard to believe that I became a mother 18 years ago tomorrow. It feels like yesterday and it feels like a life time ago, all at the same time. I am proud of the woman my daughter has become, how amazing she has done at her first semester of college, and how good of a friend she is to me now. Wasn’t she just a baby in my arms?
When I was pregnant with my first baby (actually, when I was pregnant with all 5 of my babies) social media was non-existent, but believe me…if I could have shared updates of my pregnancy on Twitter and Facebook, I certainly would have. Instead, I had to update my family and friends the old-fashioned way: by picking up the phone and calling everyone with the news.
As a young first-time mom, I had so many concerns and questions, and my doctors visits were something I looked forward to with great anticipation. I was certainly in the minority when I didn’t find out the sex of any of my babies til delivery day…when I chose to forego the epidurals in exchange for having more control over the experience.
My friends and family thought I must be crazy.
Despite the fact that I didn’t find out the sex of my baby, I was concerned that everything was progressing smoothly, especially in light of minor complications I experienced during each pregnancy. Those tests gave me peace of mind like nothing else could.
Although I may not be considering another baby (I’ve done my part, don’t you think?) this time of year, as I celebrate the day when I became a mother for the first time, always makes me a little nostalgic and reminiscent of pregnancy and newborns.
Though I had my babies in a much different “world,” I found this infographic very intriguing. The survey that the infographic is based upon a survey sponsored by the new Panorama™ NIPT by Natera. 500 new and expectant mothers were surveyed recently. I wasn’t surprised to learn that more than three-quarters of the new moms and moms-to-be surveyed (79%) said they wanted to know if they were having a boy or a girl before the baby was born. Another fun stat: 83% of the moms-to-be surveyed said they post pregnancy updates on social media (47% of them post an update 2-3 times a week). I’m sure I would have been one of those DAILY posters.
What stat from the survey surprises you the most? Which stats ring true to you?
About the Panorama™ Prenatal Screening Test
Panorama is a safe and highly accurate non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) that screens for common genetic diseases. Panorama is the only NIPT that uses Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) to differentiate between and analyze both the maternal and fetal DNA. Through a simple blood draw that can be performed in a doctor’s office, Panorama can screen for chromosomal abnormalities as early as 9 weeks gestation. Additionally, the test can determine the baby’s gender, and results are provided to the clinician usually within 7-10 calendar days.
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