When tragedy strikes, peopleís stress levels
elevate to a painful and unhealthy dimension. This stress not only
affects adults and children living in this nightmare; an unborn baby
can feel the grief and apprehension through his motherís emotions.
This tiny child is just as vulnerable to the terror and shock during
these tragic affairs and her emotions cannot be forgotten.
Throughout her pregnancy, a woman will experience
joy, pain, hope and fear. Each one of these emotions is reflected to
the child growing inside. Both by the chemicals her brain
releases and the aura of
her mood, a developing fetus directly experiences her motherís
It is important for
a woman to acknowledge the fact that her baby is aware of and
receptive to her moods. Emotions are heightened during pregnancy. A
sad movie may cause hysterical tears, just as a silly joke may cause
hilarious laughter. In the face of the recent tragedy, this is
important to understand.
The nightmare o f September 11th caused
much tears and pain. It put everyone in a heightened emotional state.
A woman who is expecting may find herself in tears for no apparent
reason through this trying time. This fear or sadness may come more
often and more intensely that she expects. It is important to
recognize this and cry. It will do the body worse to fight the
emotions you feel. Do not deny the tears, but it is also vital that
you seek some support during this distressing time. Talking to a
counselor, friends, and family helps to make the reality more palpable
and easier to deal with, especially with the already cryptic emotional
reactions of pregnancy through the normal hormonal changes a woman
Finally, it is important to acknowledge the child
inside. Long periods of sadness and depression can be just as
unhealthy for baby as for mom. Talk to your child as issues arise and
the time feels appropriate. Explain what is going on and why it makes
you feel sad. Baby may not understand the details, but the tone of
voice is soothing, the dedication to the child is important, and the
understanding of your own emotions is a powerful healing too for both
Take some time each day to recognize the good in your
life. Count your blessings and share them with your baby. Just a
little bit of joy can be quite contagious! Respect the sadness, grieve
with a healthy mourning, but donít forget to celebrate the good.
Your baby will feel your positive energy and grow in a healthy
We pray for our victims and heroes, but with our
tears, we find new strength. Donít let our brand new little ones
soak in the sorrow of this tragedy. Bless them with the joy of
Americaís strength, patriotism and camaraderie. Celebrate Life.
Jill Diana Geruntho
Joy, & Raspberry Leaves
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