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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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Week 34: Hope

“Do you think this time it will be different?” I asked in a soft fragile tone to my husband as we sat in the car waiting for the light to turn from red to green. Nick let out a deep … Continue reading

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Week 18: My pregnancy is not your pregnancy

“You haven’t felt her kick yet?” A friend of mine asked me when I revealed that our sweet baby was a little girl. Instinctively, I placed my hands over my belly, and shook my head no.  “Not yet,” I said. … Continue reading

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Week 33: Pampering pregnancy

 “Oh, you look so much bigger than last week,” a coworker said this to me on a Monday morning after not seeing me over the weekend. “What every pregnant lady wants to hear,” I responded in a playful, yet sarcastic … Continue reading

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Week 17: Baby brother or sister?

“So you’re finding out what you’re having today, right?” The ultrasound tech asked as she booted up the computer. I settled myself on the chair and smiled. “We are, but my husband couldn’t make this appointment. So I brought an … Continue reading

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Week 32: The courage to celebrate

I have mentioned before that getting excited about this pregnancy is very difficult due to the loss of my last pregnancy.  Every day that we move closer to the date of delivery I actually get more scared than excited. I … Continue reading

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Week 16: Belly changing invasion

When I was around 8 weeks pregnant, I remember cooking breakfast in the kitchen with the top button of my blue jeans undone. The bloated baby “bump” I read so much about had finally reared its … well … bump. … Continue reading

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Week 31: High risk

“I’m sorry that I’m such a complicated case,” I half teased my doctor as she directed me to lay down on the exam table to measure my stomach.  We listened to the baby’s heartbeat at the clinic, where I came … Continue reading

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Week 15: The sweetest thing

When my husband and I were in those early months of dating, I would often daydream about our future children. He and I would discuss names, talk about how we couldn’t wait to grow our family and imagine if a … Continue reading

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Christina Antus

Christina Antus is a freelance writer living in Denver with her husband and two daughters. She’s expecting her third baby in early December and hates the smell of her new Febreeze scented garbage bags—the ones she absolutely loved five weeks ago. … Continue reading

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Week 30: Birth planning

To me the idea of birth planning is an oxymoron.  To be honest, we didn’t have any plan going into baby No. 1’s birth and that was probably a good thing, considering her birth did not turn out to be … Continue reading

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Week 32: Moment of truth

Week 32 is a special one. Your gynecologist will likely schedule you to visit a lab for an in-depth ultrasound somewhere between weeks 31 and 33. It’s a scary and amazing time because, if all checks out well, this could … Continue reading

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Week 29: Positive affirmations for pregnancy

Lately my anxiety has been coming back again in full force.  It seems like the closer we get towards delivery day the more worried I get.  This past week I was super on edge and wound up.  I started experiencing … Continue reading

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Week 28: To share the name or not share the name

That is the question.  Whether it is nobler in the heart to suffer the harsh words and unwanted critiques of family members and friends, or to take the risk and share the joy you have for naming the little bundle … Continue reading

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Week 30: Shower, sprinkle, or skip?

I found out this week that my poor mom has been feeling tortured. She’s torn between wanting to throw me a baby shower and wondering if it’s appropriate to do so since this is my second child. When I found … Continue reading

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Week 27: What not to say to a pregnant lady

“Is this your first child?” I know it’s a harmless question. I have even asked it of other pretty pregnant moms in the past. But now, as a mom expecting again after a loss when asked this question I get … Continue reading

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Week 29: Hospital tour

I had the opportunity to tour the hospital in which I’ll be giving birth in just a few months. For anyone who is given the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it. Not only will you be able … Continue reading

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Week 26: Bonding with baby

“Around other pregnant people I felt, ‘Well I’m not really pregnant the way you are.  I’m sort of pregnant. I might be having a baby.’ ” Is a quote I read by a fellow loss mom reflecting on her past … Continue reading

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Week 25: Trust

It took me 30 years to come to terms with my body.  To accept all of her beautiful flaws and revel in her extraordinary womanly wonders, such as being able to create, support, and maintain life, not just my own … Continue reading

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Week 27: Planning

When it comes to planning for our babies, I feel like there are many services out there available to help us. I’ve been given the names and phone numbers of not one, but three lactation counselors by friends who have … Continue reading

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Week 24: Holding space

Sometimes I fear that others will overlook my grief now that I am pregnant again. That the birth of a new child will somehow make people forget about my first daughter.  I worry that sometimes, I do this too.  I … Continue reading

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Week 26: Happy pregnant New Year!

It seems like only yesterday I was making plans to attend wild New Year’s Eve parties. Wait. Was that just last year? How can that even be possible? The holidays take on a whole new meaning when you are pregnant. … Continue reading

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Week 23: Focusing on joy

It has been really difficult to embrace joy in pregnancy No. 2 after the loss of my first child to stillbirth.  Things that once brought delight and pleasure in my last pregnancy now seem dulled by the trauma from the … Continue reading

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Week 25: Focusing on health, not heft

It doesn’t matter what you weigh or whether you’re even slightly underweight before you conceive. There comes a time during your pregnancy when you just feel heavy. I know, that sounds obvious and pretty silly considering the fact that you … Continue reading

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Week 22: Reassurance

This past week was a rough one for me. I had a lot of digestive issues that led to an upset stomach over the past weekend, and then on Tuesday my stomach issues developed into belly cramps. I called the … Continue reading

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Week 24: A week of headaches, crazy cravings and crying

Hold the phone. I thought the second trimester was supposed to be all roses and magic and glowing skin? Is there something about week 24 that someone forgot to share with me? Namely, that it would be a nightmare week … Continue reading

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Week 21: Planning for a future that’s not guaranteed.

It is difficult planning for a future with the baby you’re expecting after a loss. The expecting industry, pregnancy magazines (like this one that I am honored to write for and are courageous enough to bring the reality of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Week 23: Talking about tearing

When I paid my monthly visit to the gynecologist this week, I did something out of character and compiled a list of questions for her. For some reason, even though I won’t have to face labor down for another four … Continue reading

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Week 20: Boy or girl?

“Do you want a boy or girl this time?” I asked my husband about two months into this pregnancy. “I don’t care, as long as it’s healthy,” He replied. Frustrated with his lack of playfulness and a safe response I … Continue reading

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Week 22: Nursery envy

I have nursery envy.  But not for the reasons you may think. Lately, I’ve been using Pinterest like a mom obsessed – pinning everything from chevron orange and gold girl’s rooms to nurseries with floral wall decals (seems so much … Continue reading

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Week 19: Five things to be thankful for during pregnancy

This month, as Thanksgiving approached I had set a personal goal of cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” and to notice each day what I was thankful for, be it my husband or comfy pair of socks. The one thing that … Continue reading

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Week 21: I’m too ‘old’ to be a mom, so bring on the tests

Uh oh. According to a Gallup survey, the results of which were released last week, the “ideal” age for women to get pregnant is 25. Since I was pretty much hopping from one horrible Brooklyn apartment to another at that … Continue reading

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Week 18: Hormones, grief and joy, oh my!

Lately, I have been extremely hormonal. I don’t like it when hormones get blamed for a woman’s slight change of behavior once a month or when a woman, seven months pregnant, cries in the aisle of the grocery store because … Continue reading

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Week 20: Oh no, the baby in my tummy is kicking A LOT

With the exception of a few areas in life, like work and (sometimes) money, I have a solid Type B personality. I’m also more or less an introvert who finds small talk and overcrowded parties draining. My husband Patrick is … Continue reading

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Week 17 : The Doppler debate

Flub, flub, flub.  Hearing the heartbeat calms my nerves for a few seconds, as the nurse lets the Doppler linger a little longer than what I believe is normal on my small but swollen belly. At 17 weeks I’m at … Continue reading

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Rachel Cashen

Rachel Cashen, a Maryland native, lives with her husband in Baltimore, where she works in marketing communications for a private healthcare system. She and her husband Dan were married in August 2012, and they are thrilled to be expecting their first baby … Continue reading

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