Chelsea Schilling (right) as a private with Army friends just after basic training
Dear modern-day “pro-choice” woman,
Chelsea Schilling’s baby
So you’re earning a decent paycheck and finally getting the respect you deserve from your male cohorts.
You’ve come a long way, baby.
You’ve graduated college, and you’re ready to take your career to the top. Nothing can stop you now.
Not even an unintended pregnancy.
“There’s a way out,” you say. “If that were to happen, it would be difficult, but I would have to have an abortion.”
Or maybe you’re just a teen and can’t imagine being an unmarried mom. You think you could never afford a baby.
Maybe your life would be changed in dramatic ways, and the mere thought of bringing a baby into this world scares you. You’ve never been a mom, and you’re not ready to be one now.
“Why do we have to talk about this?” you ask. “It’s such a depressing and polarizing subject. I sure hope you’re not one of those crazies who tells me I’m going to hell.”
No, but I’m here to tell you: You really don’t understand pre-born life.
You see, women have this fantastic gift that men can’t even fathom.
One day, you will plan your pregnancy, and that little baby won’t be a “fetus” to you because you’ll want it and you’ll love it.
Sure, men can feel the baby’s kicks from the outside and bond with him. But we feel the little guy very early on. He’s a part of us.
You’ll see the heartbeat and the yawns in your ultrasounds, feel the movements inside you and connect with the baby in a very special way.
The baby’s arm and leg movements inside our bellies feel exactly the same as a newborn baby cuddling on our chests several months later. We feel the hiccups. We feel the hunger kicks. We feel the startled movements when the baby hears a loud sound. We feel the elbows getting stuck in our ribcages. We can even make out the fingers and toes as they press into us.
The baby responds to touch and sound by about the eighth or tenth week. He thumps, rolls around and kicks as he plays and stretches out his limbs. With time, he can even can distinguish between your voice and that of another person.
We go through so much to bring them into the world: pain, weight gain, stretch marks, nausea, fatigue and sometimes more serious symptoms. It’s truly an act of sacrifice at times.
When you’ve been through all that for months, your emotional connection is already very strong by the time the little guy actually is born.
Written by CHELSEA SCHILLING
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