Technology is deeply intertwined with pregnancy. From efficiency to accuracy, it has enabled professionals and pregnant couples to do more, learn more - with less apprehension.
Countless years, effort and energy went into building these systems. Systems and technology that has saved countless lives. Yet, now, we're beginning to realise that we also crave irreplaceable traditional methods and memories.
We miss remembering what our thought of child number 3 was when we first laid eyes on him or her.
It's hard to replace the elation of seeing a faded, old, printed photo.
Or the joy of opening a memory box can’t be replicated by clicking on an album on Facebook.
Technology has enabled us to have safer pregnancies, but what we're discovering now is the price we would pay for living in a digital world. It's very easy to get drawn in, but it’s equally simple to draw yourself out.
I have been running this online business for three years now. While e-commerce businesses blossomed daily, I made the decision to go offline to be a neighbourhood business. I wanted to serve a community of people whom I could know by name.
For sometime there, it was beautiful. I had regulars who popped in whenever they went on their weekend morning jogs. For those who returned, I remembered their names, and they, mine.
Therefore even when the lockdown came, I still communicated with my customers. We saw photographs and videos of each other. We checked in on one another. Their orders got delivered to them. My tactics might have had to change (hopefully, on a temporal basis), but my strategy remained the same.
Technology might have helped us evolve and improve. 4D scans, digital photography, digital tracking apps — all of these are wonderful tools. But what are you doing to ensure you maintain a healthy physical and emotional balance during your pregnancy? While integrating technology in managing your pregnancy, don’t overlook the health benefits in putting pen to paper, in looking back on faded photographs, in flipping through a pregnancy memory book with a grown child.