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Week 36: Pregnant girl observations

Being pregnant for the first time has been a strange experience. I often find myself comparing my experiences to what friends have told me about their pregnancies and what I’ve seen in movies, but in the end, you really have … 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 35: Not ready

Thirty-five weeks?!?! Um, wasn’t I just introducing myself to you a couple weeks ago? How am I EIGHT months pregnant? Sometime after I hit 20 weeks I must have entered a time-space continuum. I don’t how it happened, perhaps some … Continue reading

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Week 34: I’m tired

How do I miss thee, caffeine? Let me count the ways. I miss the energized, alert buzz that follows the second strong cup of coffee. That peppy, fueled-for-the-day feeling that makes me feel like I can conquer my inbox and … 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 33: Birthing class

It was a long day. I laughed. I cried. I almost fell off a birthing ball. It was informative, and it was terrifying. Perhaps you are familiar with the experience I’m talking about: childbirth education class. Since the thought of … 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 31: No maternity photos?

I know there’s a chance I’ll regret it. I know they’re really popular right now, and I should do them. I know that you’re only pregnant with your first baby once and that I’ll never get the opportunity to capture … 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 30: Moving while pregnant

So, we moved this past weekend. Moving in general is awful. Moving while pregnant is not for the faint of heart. Every part of my body aches, and yes, I mean every part. I don’t know anything about CrossFit, but … 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 29: Pregnancy Rage

Apparently morning sickness, acid reflux and plantar fasciitis felt alone in Rachel’s Pregnancy Symptom Land and decided they would invite a friend to the party, so they decided to invite the emotion rage and ask him (notice it’s a him) … 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 28: Baby shower vs. bridal shower

Last weekend my mom threw me an amazing baby shower. It was a wonderful day filled with delicious food, cute favors, adorable decorations and a room full of loving family and friends. That night, I was reflecting on the day, … 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 27: Meet the pediatricians

Selecting a pediatrician for my unborn child is one of the things in life that has made me feel like an official grown up. It’s right up there with buying my first non-IKEA piece of furniture and spending a Friday … 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 26: Pregnancy brain

You know the feeling when you send an email and write “please see attached” and then you forget to include the attachment? That’s what pregnancy brain feels like, except it’s all the time. Pregnancy brain begins in early pregnancy, and … 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 25: First time mom naivete

As I prepare for motherhood, there’s a lot to think about. Will I be a good mom? Will my baby be happy? I’ve gotten heaps of both solicited (and unsolicited) advice on what it’s like to be a mom. I … 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 24: Pros and cons

Pregnancy is simultaneously miserable and wonderful. Today I took a moment to reflect upon some of the things I miss terribly from my pre-pregnancy days. Then, since I’m not a total cynic, I added some aspects about pregnancy that I … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Debbie Matenopoulos is so excited for her baby

The View alum Debbie Matenopoulos is “excited about every aspect” of impending motherhood. Expecting her first child later this year, the mom-to-be, 39, says she hopes for a natural birth and is reading What to Expect When Expecting to help her prepare for the baby. … 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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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Kourtney Kardashian expecting baby No. 3

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Kourtney Kardashian expecting baby No. 3 Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian are expecting their third child together reports Us Weekly. A source tells the magazine, “She is only a few months along,” and “It was planned.” The baby … Continue reading

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Week 22: Why I hired a doula

In early pregnancy, I didn’t have any idea as to what type of birth I envisioned for myself. When people asked me if I would get an epidural, I said I didn’t really care either way, thinking I would just … 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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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Hayden Panettiere expecting first child

Congratulations are in order for Hayden Panettiere and fiance Wladimir Klitschko. The Nashville star, 24, and her fiance are expecting their first child Us Weekly reports. “Hayden is totally pregnant!” a source tells the magazine. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2013 – Panettiere predicated … Continue reading

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Week 21: Pregnancy nutrition

While reading my weekly email about baby’s growth and new milestones last week, I read an interesting fact I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. It said that the baby can now taste the foods I eat … 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 32: Things are getting real

We had a little arrival today. I was expecting it, obviously, and my plan was to leave it in the box and stuff it away somewhere in the very back of the garage. Then the delivery guy ruined everything by … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Christina Ricci expecting first child

Congratulations are in order for Christina Ricci and James Heerdegen. The Now and Then actress, 34, and her husband are expecting their first child Us Weekly reports. In a surprising baby bump reveal, the mom-to-be debuted her growing belly at LAX airport in L.A. on Friday … Continue reading

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Week 20: Secondhand savings

I’ve always loved a good deal, but lately it’s reached a whole new level. After my first pregnant shopping trip to Babies “R” Us, sticker shock set in when I started to realize just how much a baby needs—and how … 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 31: Third trimester, baby!

You’d think that four pregnancies into this whole having kids business, I might remember details like when the third trimester begins. Can I blame this on pregnancy brain? And let me just say that our beat up old baby book … Continue reading

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Week 19: It’s a girl!

Nothing could have prepared me for the pure joy and elation I had when the ultrasound technician looked over and told us “You’re having a girl!” Going into that moment, we had no idea what to expect. Our families were … 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 18: Benefits of prenatal massage

Having a birthday shortly after announcing my pregnancy was amazing: not only did I receive several maternity tops, but I also received two gift certificates for prenatal massages. Since I’m terrible at delaying gratification (can anyone relate?), I wasted no … 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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Week 17: No man’s land

I apologize in advance if this post isn’t super inspiring or thought provoking … I’m just trying to keep it real! As I began thinking about what to write this week, I realized life has been uneventful. While I’m past … Continue reading

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Week 16: First trimester reflection

Full disclosure: I’m still not 100 percent sure when the second trimester starts. Is it the day you become 13 weeks or at the beginning of the 14th week? I’ve heard different theories, and I just don’t know.  Now that … Continue reading

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Week 15: Unsolicited advice

Positive pregnancy tests should come with a flow chart that demonstrates the conversations to expect once you announce you’re pregnant. It could be a novella, even: “What to Expect When You’re Announcing.” The questions are all the same at first: … Continue reading

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Week 14: Sharing the news

There are many challenges to the first trimester. As it turns out, growing a human makes you really tired. Nausea is an everyday occurrence. Things like sleeping and going to the bathroom will never be the same. Perhaps the hardest … Continue reading

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Week 13: Here we go!

Hi Pregnancy and Newborn readers, my name is Rachel and I am thrilled to be the newest Knocked Up blogger for P&N!  I just wanted to introduce myself and share a bit of my background in my first post—it’s only right … Continue reading

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Week 21: Shopping for baby

Yesterday, I received Target’s Baby Registry Planner in the mail. It reminded me of their bridal registry guidelines, a book I’m sure I still have somewhere, but there was one difference: this baby registry guidebook was about half the size, … Continue reading

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Week 36: Waiting

The hospital bag is packed, frozen meals are made, all doctors’ appointments have been attended, and the nursery is as complete as it will be until baby arrives. There is nothing left to do but wait. And the “waiting place” … Continue reading

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Week 20: Halfway there

So, at 20 weeks pregnant, I am officially halfway through my pregnancy. This is mind-boggling. Wasn’t it just last week that I was hugging the toilet everyday around 10:30 a.m.? Didn’t I just start complaining about the three-hour naps in … Continue reading

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Week 35: Emotions

“Lindsey, you talk a lot about fear, but today I hear sadness in your voice too. Is there sadness there?” Tears flow from my eyes like water from an overflowing well as my therapist asked this question yesterday in session. … Continue reading

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Week 19: The first kicks

I was sitting cross-legged on the floor, enjoying some plastic apple pound cake and invisible tea with my stepdaughter, who was laughing uproariously at something, when I felt it. One teeny tiny pop in my belly that felt exactly like … Continue reading

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