Guest blogger Liz Fenton: In life, we do our best to avoid the things we know are contagious. You know -- like swine flu, strep throat and bad fashion taste. But lately, I've started to question whether we should add pregnancy to the list. I've come to the conclusion that pregnancy, much like the terrible stomach bug my family battled last week, is contagious as hell.
Both times I was pregnant, I marveled at how "coincidental" it was that many of my friends were prego, too. At the time, I chalked it up to us all being in the same childbearing stage of life. But six years later, I'm beginning to think that the pregnancy virus is running rampant once again.
It all started with a friend at work. Then my BFF broke the news that she was expecting. And faster than you can say "Boppy," I started hearing murmurs from other friends about temperature and ovulation kits. Soon, I was buying baby swings and dishing about Bumbos myself. I was calming C-section fears and reliving my first colicky year with my own son. (The best way to stay immune to this disease, BTW!)
But I discovered that even memories of screaming babies are no match for this virus. I felt baby pangs while shopping for my prego friends at Babies"R"Us, and I'm not even a baby person! And that's when I realized that this shit has to be contagious.
Things finally made sense. I had always wondered why I'd had my second child so quickly after the first. Now I look back and realize that three other friends were pregnant or had newborns at the same time. I had fallen victim to the pregnancy disease!
While I'm very happy for all of my currently prego friends, I can tell you one thing with certainty: I am definitely not drinking the water at their baby showers! Note to self: Bring a good bottle of wine to have instead ....