The Good, The Bad, and The Bump. Sharing Chapter One

I've always been into writing. In fact that's what I originally wanted to go to school for. But I changed that idea and went into the the health field. I've written movies and a variety of books, children's books included. However, I never did anything with them. They've sat around collecting dust. I figured maybe I wouldn't be able to reach anyone. Maybe people would think what I had to say was corny and so on, and so forth. I completely doubted myself. Until I jumped into my pregnancy coaching. I decided to write The Good, The Bad, and The Bump because I wanted to share my pregnancy experiences with other out there. People are going through similar things or maybe not, maybe others just want to know what people are going through and I how they dealt with things. So I put that doubt and fear aside and decided to go for it. Even if I reach one person I did something great and if I reach no one, I did something I've always wanted to do. Write and publish a book! Read ahead for chapter one! I hope you enjoy. Please leave comments or questions! Release date coming soon!

Chapter 1

17 and Pregnant

I thought I had a stomach bug. I tried every over the counter nausea relief medication that I could find and still there was no relief. Let’s not mention the pickle and peppermint sticks that I would eat almost every day. Or the strange cravings for Totinos pizzas. I hated those before. Being pregnant was the last thing on my mind. I couldn’t be. Could I? We only had sex one time unprotected and I thought we were playing it safe.

Positive. Those two pink lines changed my life. I’m sure they do for everyone however seeing as how I was only seventeen and not quite done with high school it REALLY changed my life. What do I tell my mom? She’s going to kill me. What will the father of my unborn baby think? Will he even want to be with me or go through this with me? My head was spinning. I didn’t even know how I would go about getting through this.

My boyfriend at the time handled things quite well considering. So did his family. They were disappointed because we were both so young, 17 and 18. However they were willing to help as much as they could. Telling my mom on the other hand, well let’s just say things didn’t go so well. My mother and I had a huge fall out that would shape our future for years to come. As I’ve grown older I can say that I can understand her frustration. Parents only want what’s best for their children and becoming pregnant at a young age can and will make achieving goals very difficult, not impossible but difficult. She was beyond disappointed. Furious! I became everything but her daughter. Her answer. Abortion. I’ve never judged anyone for any decision that they have made in regards to continuing a pregnancy or not. However at that point in my life that wasn’t an option for me.

I was young and knew nothing about the world but I did know I didn’t want to abort my baby. I also made the decision not to stay in an environment that was toxic. I left home and found a job. We made it work as best as we could. His family was supportive however they wouldn’t let us stay with them. Something about not believing in letting us live there and sleep in the same room or bed if we weren’t married. But hey, I was already pregnant what more could happen? I understood though. A good friend of his talked his mom into letting us stay there until we were able to save up and find a place.

The first few months after I left home I slept on a blow up mattress. It wasn’t what I was used to at all but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I decided to not to continue my senior year in public school so I started home school. I was embarrassed honestly. Sure, I had gone to school with girls who had gotten pregnant and had their babies but I just didn’t want to be one of them. I also didn’t want to become a statistic and I wanted to prove everyone who doubted me wrong. My life became work and home. Play time was definitely over. It was time to grow up.

I did the best that I could with what knowledge I had at the time. I didn’t know anything about being pregnant. What foods to avoid, what foods to eat. What adequate rest was or how to properly hydrate myself. I was still a kid in a grown up world. I ate when I was hungry and I didn’t choose the best meals. I remember craving things like hot wings, hot chips, pretty much anything spicy or hot I ate it. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I was eating for two so I could eat any and everything right? I was so wrong and I would find this out soon.

Tiffany Underwood

Certified Pregnancy Health Coach

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