I’m not currently pregnant, but I’m proud to post my #bumpselfie with Pumpkin to celebrate and raise awareness for #Bumpday (July 22).
One could go on an entire post about loving your pregnant self, but that’s not what this day is for. Around the world, more than 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and birth. Each year 1 million babies die within the first day of their life. This is not just in developing countries but happens here in the US as well.
While we can’t control everything, we can start with promotion of the idea healthy baby, healthy mama. This means getting access to proper prenatal care, taking prenatal vitamins (there are drinks and gummies now!), and provide food for babies and moms. (Here is a link for the 11 Best foods to eat while pregnant!)
Today is #BumpDay to celebrate the sisterhood of motherhood and generate awareness around the challenges that face moms and babies. Post your bump on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the #BumpDay hashtag. This can be current bump or any bump in the past.
Here are some awesome resources that are trying to change women’s access to prenatal care and are deserving of our attention:
Universal Access Project – They are working to promote family planning information to women and girls that may not have access to it.
1000 days.org – 1,000 Days promotes action and investment to improve nutrition for mothers and children in the 1,000 days from a woman’s pregnancy through her child’s 2nd birthday, when better nutrition can have a life-changing impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty.
WhattoExpect.com– a great resource for information from pregnancy and beyond.