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Week 17: The makings of a bump

Growing a bump, much like growing—well—anything, is a slow process. Until this week, the bulk of my expansion has been about 6 inches north of my belly. I was beginning to wonder if my baby mistakenly migrated to my boobs … Continue reading

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Week 16: Prego makeover

Sometimes, when your skin is going crazy but you can’t do much for it, and your waistline gets a little thicker every day, you really need to get your hair done! And seriously, isn’t makeup wonderful? I thank heaven I … Continue reading

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Week 15: Second tri

At 15-ish weeks, I’m officially in the second trimester! I’m feeling more secure about the pregnancy, slightly more energetic, and definitely more pregnant than I have so far. I sometimes find myself holding my back and walking like a big … Continue reading

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Week 16: Morning, noon and night sickness … still

As soon as I saw the positive pregnancy test, I knew it was coming. I am the person who always finds a way to get sick, so there was no way I would make it through the first trimester unscathed … Continue reading

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Prenatal playlist

(Scroll to the bottom of this post to stream the entire playlist or click here.) Mood: Frustrated that even the rubber band trick won’t save your old jeans at this point but still waiting for your bump to pop Song: … Continue reading

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Prenatal survival kit

SEARCH AND RESCUEOn cloud 9 The cruel irony of pregnancy is that even before your bundle of sleep deprivation arrives, catching those precious Zs gets tricky. Eliminate one major issue—finding a comfortable position—by making friends with a pregnancy pillow. Your … Continue reading

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Week 14: Sick for the holidays

Funny: As I was quickly typo-ing the headline, it autocorrected to “sick of the holidays.” No, I’m not sick of the holidays! I’m just sick of being sick. Last week I came down with the most miserable cold. I mean, … Continue reading

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Week 13: Maternity wardrobe DIY?

Since fall, I’ve been working on my domestic skills with my friend Janet who lives around the corner. Janet is around my mom’s age, and she is my role model! The woman can seriously do anything. Besides her full-time career, … Continue reading

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Week 12: Workout shakedown

I’ve had my eyes opened this week as I’ve been working on an upcoming article for P&N. It’s about prenatal fitness, especially the mental benefits of exercise during pregnancy. This is something I believe in wholeheartedly. I’ve been working out … Continue reading

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Week 11: First tri symptoms

Compared to many of my friends’ experiences, my pregnancies are super easy. So I really can’t complain. … Kidding, of course I can complain! I have had the good fortune to reach 11 weeks without once overturning my stomach’s contents, … Continue reading

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Week 10: The last first appointment

Monday’s OB appointment felt so much like my last one, almost a year ago. Both appointments were for a first ultrasound and initial pregnancy exam. Both times, I knew I was well into the first trimester. Both times, I’d experienced … Continue reading

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Eat your way to fertility

A healthy diet is a must when you’re trying to get pregnant. “Boosting our fertility is really about boosting our heath overall, so that our bodies—specifically, the uterus, follicles and eggs—are primed and ready for growing a healthy baby,” says … Continue reading

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Try, try again

Now that your firstborn is getting older and you feel like you have gotten the hang of motherhood (finally!), you might be ready to expand your family once again. But, after months of negative pregnancy tests, you begin to wonder: … Continue reading

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Week 37: Why I’m nervous to breastfeed again

My first experience with breastfeeding was an absolute dream. Well, to be fair we had a rocky first two weeks, but that was only because I was given some terrible advice from my pediatrician. Once I trusted my mama instincts, … Continue reading

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Week 36: Packing our bags

I wish that packing our bags referred to prepping for some sort of tropical getaway—or at least an overnight trip somewhere fun. Instead, we are preparing for what might possibly be the most stressful and painful experience of my life. … Continue reading

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Week 39: False alarm

I think the last week of pregnancy is meant to prepare you mentally for the addition of a new baby—just teetering on the edge of sanity. Every day we wonder if today will be the day that I go into … Continue reading

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Week 35: What’s in a name?

In my opinion, giving your child a name is one of the most intimidating parts about being a parent. There are so many things to consider and so many ways things can go terribly wrong. What if my child grows … Continue reading

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Week 38: And now we wait…

With just 10 days to go before my due date arrives, these last few weeks feel like the ultimate test in patience. Knowing our little girl could come at any time—or make us wait a little longer—has us sitting on the edge … Continue reading

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Week 37: The rough patch

A few days ago I went in for my vaginal exam. Normally, the words “vaginal exam” don’t elicit any sort of excitement from me, but I was very eager to get some insight on how things were progressing with my … Continue reading

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Week 33: Let the nesting begin

This weekend was my baby shower and I am still floating on cloud 9. It was the sweetest and most perfect way to celebrate this baby boy whose due date is rapidly approaching. We ate good food, laughed, played games, … Continue reading

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Not your mama’s pregnancy

My mom is amazing. She delivered five healthy babies, one of them naturally (me!), and breastfed every one of us. She believes that motherhood is a lifelong calling (she’s right), and she continues to be a loving, capable mom and … Continue reading

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What’s your number?

Once your budding babe is regularly on the move, keep tabs on his kick count to boost bonding and help doc monitor his well-being. 1. Pick a time when your little gymnast is most active (like after a meal), and … Continue reading

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Week 36: Mommy and daddy bonding time

Now that we’re in our last month of pregnancy, Blake and I are eagerly and anxiously awaiting the day we get to meet our baby girl. Her impending arrival has lit a fire under our butts. We’ve given all our … Continue reading

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Week 31: Traveling in the third trimester

We just got home from a five-day family trip up to Washington. When we planned the trip I was newly pregnant, and my daughter was just starting to make her way into toddlerhood. If you aren’t able to read between … Continue reading

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Week 35: The nursery

Blake and I have been slowly putting our baby girl’s nursery together for months now, but it’s been a side project for the most part due to a busy summer full of bachelorette and bachelor parties, bridal showers, weddings and … Continue reading

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Week 31: Why I chose to take family maternity photos

When I was pregnant the first time around we were certainly preparing for a big family change, but then my family was made up of myself, my husband and our miniature schnauzer. Even though we’d be losing sleep and making … Continue reading

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Week 34: Pregnant AF

Holy crap! I was so not prepared for how hard the last trimester would be. It’s not that I didn’t read about the details in the pregnancy books or listen to third trimester warnings of the pregnant women who have … Continue reading

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Week 30: What the stretch marks?

Stretch marks, the unwanted battle scars of carrying a child. Let me say that yes, after my first pregnancy I came to terms with what I had because anything was worth it to get that sweet little pink baby bundle. … Continue reading

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Week 33: Back to school

I’m no genius by any means, but I’ve always considered myself a fairly intelligent person— that is until I got pregnant. As a first time mama, this pregnancy has me feeling like a first grader in a fifth grade class. … Continue reading

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Week 29: Dear Sleep, I miss you

Oh sleep, sweet sleep. It’s something that I took for granted for so many years. If only I could go back and take all of the naps that I grumpily protested as a kid. I’ve mentioned before that my last … Continue reading

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Week 32: One big baby shower

My mom started planning my baby shower early on in my pregnancy. Not only was she excited and eager to get started, but we had to nail down a day among a summer filled with weddings, weekend getaways and family … Continue reading

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To epidural or not to epidural

There is no single way to birth a child. Because no two labors and deliveries are the same (from how long they last to how they feel), what works for one woman might not for another. But many people—mothers and … Continue reading

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Film festival

40 Weeks Real-life couples share an intimate peek into their journeys from conception to delivery. They’re brave, they’re candid, and they’re open about everything from awkward leaks to awe-inducing ultrasounds. The Business of Being Born This provocative documentary offers a … Continue reading

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Week 28: 3 acceptable things to say to a pregnant woman

I recently had a run-in with a check out girl at my local Target that left me feeling discouraged. In fact, so much so that it inspired me to write a letter that I posted over on my blog. You … Continue reading

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Week 31: The final countdown

This pregnancy is going by so fast that every week when I sit down to write this post I second guess how far along I actually am. I struggle to remember what week my Bump app says I’m at, and … Continue reading

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Week 27: Planning a shower for baby No. 2

So, it’s officially the last week of the second trimester. If my experience this time goes anything like before, these next 12 weeks will somehow fly by. That is, of course, with the exception of the last week or so … Continue reading

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Week 30: Things you should never say to a pregnant woman

I’m well into my seventh month of pregnancy, and I’m pretty sure my belly can be seen from space. OK, I know that’s dramatic—but that’s how it feels sometimes, especially when I frequently get comments about how big I look. … Continue reading

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Week 26: Loving your pregnant body

I’m starting this post with a bit of honesty. Like the average American woman, I have struggled most of my life with loving my body. You know, the overcritical thoughts, the frustration of trying on five outfits just to feel like … Continue reading

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Week 29: Third trimester goodies arrive right on schedule

I know every pregnancy is different and that those body changes and symptoms broken down month-by-month are more like guidelines. Even so, I’ve been surprised at how textbook my pregnancy has been thus far. My first trimester symptoms were typical … Continue reading

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Week 25: Surviving the second trimester

The second trimester is supposed to be the sweet spot in pregnancy. You’re out of the morning sickness phase but not quite into the final stages where you are dying to get the baby out of you any way possible. Luckily, … Continue reading

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Week 28: Sh*t is getting real

I was so excited to finally get those milestone alerts from the pregnancy apps on my phone detailing everything I wanted to know about week 28. I gleefully told my husband, “We are officially in the third trimester.” The hype … Continue reading

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Week 24: Registering, round two

Registering the first time around was right out of the movies. My husband and I blissfully strolled down aisle after aisle taking our time to scour the list of store suggested items. We giggled and scanned and giggled some more … Continue reading

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Think inside the box

Planning, prepping and packing a good-for-you lunch that you’ll actually look forward to eating is a tall order for anyone to tackle. But it’s especially difficult for working moms-to-be, who are fighting fatigue and carefully considering every ingredient to ensure that they’re … Continue reading

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Week 27: Glucose testing 1, 2, 3

A couple of weeks ago I walked into the lab with a doctor’s order in hand for a one-hour glucose screening test. I chugged the sugary lime drink provided by the tech and waited patiently for one hour before having … Continue reading

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Week 23: The dreaded orange drink

Chances are, if you’re pregnant, you’ve heard of the infamous orange drink. You know, the nasty super concentrated sugar water that you’re forced to drink toward the end of the second trimester? With my first pregnancy, I was terrified of … Continue reading

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Week 26: Party like a pregnant chick

During these past six and a half months, I’ve had plenty of reminders that life doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant. Unless you’re diagnosed with some sort of high-risk pregnancy, it’s business as usual for the majority of those 40 weeks. … Continue reading

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Week 22: Pregnancy glow, is that you?

I am convinced that the pregnancy gods are laughing at me somewhere. You see my first pregnancy was a dream, the kind where you float on by with minimal symptoms and before you know you you’re blissfully cuddling your new … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnant and #blessed

Yesterday I asked my husband what I should write about for week 25, and he responded by rattling off all the things I’ve been complaining about lately. I instantly felt guilty, like all I had been doing was grumbling about … Continue reading

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Week 24: The registry

This past weekend Blake and I decided to tackle the daunting task of registering for Baby Dobson. The pressure was on as my mother reminded me that the shower invitations are going out this week, and all of our aunts, … Continue reading

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Week 40: Airplane mode

Hi everyone! We made it! I am officially 40 week’s pregnant and still going strong! I said hello and goodbye to my due date on June 26th, shed a few tears over it and am now adjusting to the new … Continue reading

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