baby bump!!@

Things not to ask someone, who is pregnant and uses a wheelchair, in the street.

- Will the baby have your condition?
First of all, it’s not a genetic condition - and secondly, yeah that’s going to help us relax about an already terrifying situation.

- So you can have sex?
I’m not a biology teacher but I can’t think of many other ways this happened!

- Was the baby planned?
Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t - how does that affect you and why would you ever need to know that?

- That must be so tough for you, how will you cope?
Yeah, it will be different - but why do you think you have the right to assume I’m going to struggle purely on the basis that I use a wheelchair?

- You’re so brave/inspirational
It’s 2017 - is it not about time we dispel the myth that disabled people getting on with having a life is brave or inspirational now please?

- “I’ll pray for you”
This is usually well meaning enough older women from a whole different generation, but it’s not as if that’s going to help me through the next few months.

Heqet Aesthetic

To the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile, which brought fertility to the otherwise barren lands. Consequently, in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a frog-goddess, who represented fertility, referred to by Egyptologists as Heqet. She was often referred to as the wife of Khnum. As a fertility goddess, associated explicitly with the last stages of the flooding of the Nile, and so with the germination of corn, she was associated with the final stages of childbirth. This association, which appears to have arisen during the Middle Kingdom, gained her the title ‘She who hastens the birth’. Some say that—even though no ancient Egyptian term for “midwife” is known for certain—midwives often called themselves the Servants of Heqet, and that her priestesses were trained in midwifery. Women often wore amulets of her during childbirth, which depicted Heqet as a frog, sitting in a lotus.