What It Feels Like When Your Children Are Born With Health Issues
When my son was diagnosed with hydronephrosis in utero, I panicked. I had never heard of hydronephrosis and didn't realize that kidneys could have fluid on them let alone it lead to long-term health consequences. Medical professionals reassured me that his diagnosis was not reflective of anything that I had done the wrong way it was just something that happened with children from time to time.
When your child is born with health issues, it's hard not to blame yourself. Any mother whose child has a health condition will tell you we feel some level of responsibility even when it is illogical to do so. You wonder if you would've missed one less prenatal vitamin would things have gone differently. Or perhaps that glass of wine you had the week before finding out you were pregnant is what's the blame. You go through a lot of things that don't make sense when you say them out loud but you need someone to blame. Most often, you'll blame yourself.
It took a while, but with time I stopped this feeling the...
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