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Week 35: Costumes I can pull off this Halloween

I don’t generally dress up for Halloween. So, when my 3-year-old asked me what I was going to be this season I told her, “tired.” At the time, it seemed an accurate costume to represent being almost nine months pregnant … Continue reading

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Week 34: What’s my baby doing in there?

As I waddle my way to the finish line at world’s slowest speed, and with a slight limp from Relaxin-filled hips, I find myself wondering what’s going on in there. Do I really need a third trimester? If my baby’s … Continue reading

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Week 33: 12 things I never said until I was pregnant

Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame where nothing is really taboo. The closer you get to childbirth, the more comfortable you are sharing your stories of mucus plugs and bloody shows with your mailman. You want to express your opinions … Continue reading

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Week 32: Pregnancy myths debunked

We’ve all heard the old wives tales of pregnancy. For example, if you spin a wedding ring on a strand of your hair (or a string) over your belly, the direction it moves will tell you the gender of your baby. … Continue reading

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Week 31: The anatomy of my third trimester

1. Messy hair. Also known as the rat’s nest on my head that smells like Nexus. It’s a sign that I stopped caring about how my hair looks three weeks ago. It also means I don’t care what you think … Continue reading

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Week 30: Labor induction a la natural

With only 10 weeks to go, I’m thankful we have a gestation period of only 40 weeks, versus the 92 that elephants endure. After 92 weeks, I’d be giving birth to a baby that would be physically capable of crawling out … Continue reading

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Week 29: “Natural” childbirth

Considering an epidural? Have to go the C-section route? Induction being scheduled? Are you hesitant because the rumor mill says none of those count because it’s not “natural” childbirth? Well, the only way your baby isn’t coming naturally is if … Continue reading

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Week 28: The third trimester of doom

This week marks the start of the third trimester [insert confetti, horns, kazoos, whatever]. The beginning of the end. The last leg of the race. Well, a race where you want to hit the wall, but you can’t because you’re … Continue reading

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Week 27: Push presents

This is a thing? How did two kids exit my uterus and I not know that this was a thing? Push presents are also known as: A push gift A baby mama gift A baby bauble An “I’m so glad … Continue reading

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Week 26: Ten spectacular things about labor and delivery

There are few things to love about the act of birthing a child. Unless of course you are: -Dilated to 9.5 before having a contraction. -A sadist. -Done with the entire delivery after you cough, or sneeze. -The Virgin Mary, … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnancy brain and mommy amnesia

Pregnancy Brain. Maybe it’s the impending lack of sleep and whole human life you’re about to be responsible for that’s distracting you. Maybe it’s hormones. Whatever it is, it’s your first actual taste of what it might be like to be senile. Watch for … Continue reading

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Week 24: The thickening and the quickening

The thickening I reached the thickening before I was pregnant, but that’s less about pregnancy and more about an insatiable love for junk food. A post for another time. In pregnancy, the term “thickening” is the time when your uterus starts … Continue reading

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Week 23: 15 responses you don’t want to hear from your OB/midwife

There are a lot of things about pregnancy most doctors know—and a lot they don’t know. Isn’t that true of any profession? Except maybe working in an ice cream shop, and even then do we really know how the soft serve … Continue reading

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Week 22: Let’s talk about PUPPP

I recently found out that I won the skin rash lottery by being the one in 200 pregnancies that is awarded PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy—whew!). Call me lucky, but having a summer pregnancy, a baby already … Continue reading

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Week 21: Gestational diabetes

Instead of waiting until the 24th-28th week, when I have to be tested for gestational diabetes, my body volunteered to have it at 20 weeks. Thankfully, since I have a history of this, I’ve been preparing. I knew with this … Continue reading

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Week 20: Halfway

This week marks my halfway point: 20 weeks down, 20 weeks until a zipper on my pants has meaning again. It should be noted that in pregnancy, half-time isn’t getting a break. You don’t get to take off your belly … Continue reading

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Week 19: Let me eat cake

This baby is already working in sync with my other two children—one from the inside and the other two from the outside—to give me a serious run for my money. So much so, that with 20 weeks of incubation time … Continue reading

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Week 18: Just breathe

I never took Lamaze classes. I was lazy and overconfident. I can breathe. I don’t need lessons. I knew the point of Lamaze was to “boost my confidence in my ability to give birth.” As if how I breathe would somehow alter … Continue reading

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Week 17: What. is. THAT?

A self guided Q and A by myself, with myself. Asking and answering my own questions about things already plaguing me this pregnancy. Is my skin is making me sweaty? I work up more of a sweat watching TV than my … Continue reading

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Week 16: My multifunctional belly

For me, the fourth month isn’t a real significant turning point because I’m not scheduled to give birth in 45 seconds. I’m somewhere in between: “Almost halfway there” and “no where near close to being done.” The fourth month of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Week 15: Progesterone shots

Let’s talk about progesterone. This isn’t the kind of thing I want you learning on the street. This will be my second pregnancy taking one for the team (in the backside), because progesterone is crucial to pregnancy. One of the most important … Continue reading

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Week 14: The pregnancy masque

Recently two small patches of darker colored skin have appeared at the corners of my mouth. Sadly they look less like dark patches of skin and more like the Kool-Aid stains my kids sport when drinking out of a cup … Continue reading

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Week 13: Freedom

On October 30, 1990, George Michael released the song, “Freedom.” On May 19, 2014 I was released on parole—also known as the end of my first trimester. Yay, for the second trimester! Yay, for an appetite! Yay, for finally rounding … Continue reading

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Week 12: Back to sleep

I’m currently taking advantage of my final weeks where I have the option to either sleep on my back or stomach. Of course, I’m already not really sleeping. I’m just turning myself around for eight hours, like a rotisserie chicken, with … Continue reading

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Week 11: The Doppler effect

I had my second prenatal appointment, it was a Doppler ultrasound—this means I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat. I also got to keep my pants on. Last month, when I arrived for my first prenatal appointment, I knew to … Continue reading

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Week 10: Woe to the first trimester

For me, the first trimester is the most unpleasant because it’s the only trimester where I experience 40 different personalities in under a minute. My body transforms into a foreign entity that causes things I can’t control like: 1. Exhaustion I was never … Continue reading

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