Dear Mother. Please take a bow

2016-05-07 18:34

It all began as a simple DNA... A unique chemical blue print that dictates the instructions for creation of every single new life. It is an extremely complex, yet astonishing 40 week journey of pregnancy. A tiny new living creature, completely dependent on its mother, and physically attached to its mother, forms and grows within her belly.

The oxygen and nutrition diffuse directly from its mother, through a soft, delicate, winding tube called umbilical cord. The health of its mother directly affects it, yet its mere existence in its mother's womb also affects her too. Its mother eats and breathes for it. All it does is to swim day and night, in a pool of water called amniotic fluid.

During this 40 weeks of mysterious life process, the poor woman goes through episodes of mood swings, weird cravings, hot flushes, nausea and vomiting, weight gains, swollen feet and face, fluctuating appetite, heart burns, and all different kinds of ailments.

40 weeks later, the moment of excruciating pain, agony, and torture begins. The womb begins to contract, cervix opens, and opens, and opens even wider and wider to full dilatation... and the bulging waters break. The pains get even worse and worse.

The head, followed by the wider part of the body - the shoulders - squeeze itself through the vagina, as the mother screams unconsolably. Apparently, this particular pain can be equated to the pain of 203 bones fracturing at the same time.

As the little creature suddenly pops, and the mother's physical pain suddenly extinguishes, a new sudden, even more extremely painful psychological suspension begins... Both the mother and the doctors/ midwife await this creature to take its first breath. The umbilical cord is severed with a pair of scissors, and for the little creature, it is Breathe, or Die!

The first cry signifies the presence of life, and the mother's heart becomes the first to sing along. She holds it on her chest, and warmly embrace it in her arms. She immediately puts it on her breast, and give it its first meal... colostrum - the mother's first breast milk.

Being a fairly independent being now, the germs colonize this creature. The creature is now called A Child - and make it vulnerable to infections. This is you and I.

Since our immune system is still immature after birth, It is this milk that protects us from those deadly germs. Our skin-to-skin contact with our mother made her contact our germs, therefore, generating antibodies that would later on be given to us through her breast milk, and ultimately fight the germs within our tiny, fragile, and vulnerable bodies.

Her sleep would be intermittently interrupted by our cries, and her urge to turn us around every now and then. We would pee on her, poo on her, and vomit on her... but she still found joy in cleaning us up.

It is for these reasons that today we should remember, honour, embrace, celebrate, and give respect to all the women who went through this torturous, yet awesome experience.

To all the mothers out there, and my late mom, a very Happy Mothers' Day to you all. 

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