TO BE A MOTHER OR A MODEL – Episode 2
\”Díẹ̀ díẹ̀ nimú ẹledẹ̀ẹ́fi ń wọgbà\” (Little by little is how the pig\’s nose enters the yard), Temi thought out loud to herself.
\”Sexy Mama\” was crooning from the TV in front of her, as images of a beautiful light-skinned African woman flashed intermittently in the music video. The artiste sang the praises of the \”Sexy Mama\” who had a newborn strapped to her back.
\”Mtchew!\”, hissed Temi as she watched a closeup shot of the lady\’s torso- so stretch marks free. She had a piece of cloth covering her chest and a short wrapper exposing flawless thighs. \”This used to be me,\” lamented Temi.
As though on cue, her baby kicked. Nothing painful, but Temi frowned as she rubbed her abdomen as though to soothe her baby. The music video was played as part of the closing montage for a TV show, Feminine World, which had begun to get Temi\’s attention recently. That day\’s episode had discussed major health issues some women faced during and after childbirth and how those health issues affected the lives of mothers long term.
Temi heard some new words- postpartum depression, hyperemesis gravidarum, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and vesicovaginal fistula. \”Why on Earth should the process of bringing a new human being into this world be at such a high risk for the gender who have been assigned such an arduous task?\”
Well, I will not be a victim to striae gravidarum, postpartum depression,
hyperemesis gravidarum, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, vesicovaginal fistula, and whatever else victimizes mothers.
\”Díẹ̀ díẹ̀ nimú ẹledẹ̀ẹ́fi ń wọgbà! So, I must start planning for my health as I plan for my baby\’s.\”
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