Pregnancy is like an airplane.
This has been the running metaphor in my mind lately. Partially from my own recent trip to Colorado, and partially from my daily visits to multiple recurrent loss groups, this simile has become hard to shake. Or perhaps, to be more accurate, I should say pregnancy seems like an airplane flight.
Plane crashes are exceedingly rare. The “fear of flying” is hardly uncommon, however, though statistics show it’s often safer to fly in a plane than drive a car. I have always had some thoughts on that argument, but in this case, it relates to pregnancy right off the bat: pregnancy is, well, common. Miscarriage is, as well, but “having a baby” is more common than “losing a baby” in the grand scheme of maternity statistics.
But using statistics further, I’ve been mulling over the similar time frame of error that flying and gestating seem to have.