There is always a cause to support. Each month, is National Awareness of Something month.
I’m not opposed to keeping our attention focused on matters that affect our society every day such as cancer, heart disease and more, but I just can’t let May pass by without commenting on the fact that it is “National Pregnancy Awareness Month.”
Really? As if the protruding bellies of our afflicted women isn’t awareness enough?
This must give justification to the TLC program, “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.” Which — while I know it happens — still blows my mind that one would not know she is expecting. I know there are many factors that can contribute to this lack of “awareness” — but I’m not interested in getting into a debate.
Even my 5-year-old son, Noah, is “aware” of pregnancy. In his Mother’s Day card to me he was asked by his teacher, “What is a mother?” His response, “A thing that takes care of kids and it has babies.”
In defense of the second official “Pregnancy Awareness Month,” the press release I received actually urges to “focus on the moms-to-be and ways they can impact their developing babies — especially prenatal learning.” It isn’t to raise awareness about pregnancy as if it were something plaguing us.
On the sunny side, May also touts “Don’t Fry Day,” which is the Friday before Memorial Day.
This Friday, May 22, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention urges people to “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!” Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses.
“As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk of UV damage of the skin increases,” their Web site informs.
Once (ignorantly) a sun-worshipper myself, I was jolted into reality this past winter with the removal of two suspicious spots. Now I can tell you exactly where every mole and freckle is on each of my children. They religiously wear baseball hats and our daily lotion includes an SPF of 15.
More than 90 percent of pediatricians surveyed by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2003 agreed that preventing childhood sun exposure will reduce the risk of adult melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
So, don’t forget to take a pregnancy test this month, because you just never know — and seriously remember to “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!” yourself and your children.
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