Paula Forteza wants to do "burst the silence of three months" pregnancy

MATERNITY – “Why should women live alone and in silence these first three months of pregnancy?” In a blog published on July 26, MP (ex-LREM) Paula Forteza, herself pregnant, breaks the taboo of the first three months of pregnancy.

The first weeks of pregnancy are often lived alone, between fear of a miscarriage, numerous physical symptoms and social pressure to remain silent. Therefore, many of them decide to hide their pregnancy even though it is the most tiring and overwhelming moment.

“It is a cultural change to be implemented”, estimates the deputy, in an interview with Brut. For her, the silence of three months is above all a social taboo. “Why do you want to protect others from disappointment rather than feeling surrounded and supported in the event of a miscarriage?” she asks.

Referring to the book Three months in silence (ed. Payot-Rivages) by Judith Aquien on the upheavals that the body goes through during this three-month period, Paula Forteza points to the issue of social security coverage. “Health insurance must be able to cover 100% appointments from the start of pregnancy,” said the deputy on Brut.

Indeed, at the present time, the process of taking charge of pregnant women by Health Insurance does not begin until the end of the third month. Before that, since the pregnancy is likely to end at any time, it is as if it has not really started.

For a right to telework

And beyond the care, Paula Forteza raises the problem of the lack of flexibility in the organization of working conditions during this difficult period of three months of pregnancy. “Some women have to hide to vomit or fall asleep at their post because their bodies let go,” she explains.

As such, the member pleads for “a right to telework”, a measure which would be unprecedented in France and in the world, and which would allow pregnant women to “continue their professional activity while being in a more calm and pleasant place. ”

Paula Forteza finally denounces the lack of scientific research devoted to the symptoms of the first three months in the scientific field. According to her, medicine is still unable today “to clearly explain the cause of the discomfort, nausea and vomiting of women in the first months of pregnancy.” “Let’s break the silence of the three months: it has no place in a 21st century which calls on everyone to take care of themselves and their health,” she concludes.

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