Blog and opinion
29 November 2017 • Wypkje van der Heide
Bed and Belly Scheme
This time, I wanted to arrange with my husband that he would take on my third pregnancy, just like in Junior, that really bad film from the 90s. Then he, just like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film, could have carried the baby as was made possible by the ever-smart doctor Emma Thompson.
My husband would then have gone to work feeling nauseous in the first trimester, while not being able to tell anyone why. He could have panted along the hallways and broken teeth because the young life demands energy and calcium. He could have stressed over how his job would be taken over and left hoping that the nice jobs would still come to him after his leave. And he would suddenly be aware of the phenomenon of pelvic floor muscles. None of this is from the viewpoint of emancipation but purely to give myself a break.
There really isn’t time to be pregnant. Maternity leave starts four to six weeks before the due date. You have to try and figure it all out for the remaining eight months. Nine months of leave is asking a bit much, but Prediker was right when he wrote (translated):
For everything that happens, there is an hour;
a time for everything that is under the heavens.
There is a time to give birth
and a time to die;
a time to plant
and a time to plough.
If only there was an hour at work for a nap… If only there was a room with a bed, where you could rest your head, belly and pelvis undisturbed… Recharge for an hour in the afternoon…
Perhaps you don’t even have to be pregnant to want this.
Wypkje van der Heide is lecturer at IBMS and member of the research group Change Management.