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Week 37: Struggles of a “working” SAHM

37, 38, 39 … wait what? Are we really less than two weeks away from welcoming our little man into the world? The end of this week we will mark 38 weeks, and some days I still can’t believe it. Other days (like … Continue reading

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Week 23: Let the wild rumpus start

So, pregnancy hormones. They’re weird and sudden, abrupt and at times, rude. On any given day, I’m pretty sure I function quite normally in my pleasantly plump state. You might even say that I actually enjoy being pregnant. But since … Continue reading

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Breathe easy

Attention expectant mamas: If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, here’s the scoop—straight from the experts—on how carrying a growing babe could affect your symptoms. Risky business Past studies suggest women with asthma (especially those whose asthma isn’t well controlled) are … Continue reading

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The eyes have it

I had an appointment with my eye doctor last week. I’ve worn contacts since I was 10—my vision is pretty bad. But it’s not nearly as awful as it was before I started having kids. That’s right—I’m living, sometimes bespectacled, … Continue reading

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Week 36: Is it over yet?

Our week 35 was a little scary. I’m so thankful to be past that—and to find out that everything is fine with our little man. We had our 36-week checkup last Friday. I was two centimeters dilated and 70 percent thinned … Continue reading

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Week 35: Hospital visit No. 1

Week 35 started off like all of the other weeks. Besides the common fatigue I’m now experiencing, I was feeling pretty normal. Last Thursday I went for my checkup and told my doctor that we were planning on traveling to … Continue reading

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Week 21: Hungry like the wolf

Let’s take a moment to talk about food. Food, glorious food! We all need it to survive. There are magazines dedicated to its art form, as well as cookbooks and blogs that praise one of the very basic necessities of … Continue reading

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Week 20: Boy, oh, boy!

“It’s a BOY!” I could hardly believe it. But I did believe it. Of course I did. The very obvious proof was right in front of me, and there was absolutely no denying that the little one kicking and doing … Continue reading

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Week 19: When it rains, it pours

A few days ago, our 3-year-old, Anaïs, got a mean case of tummy troubles that had her out for two full days. It had been going around school, and it was only a matter of time before she caught it. … Continue reading

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Week 32: Switching gender gears

It’s official! May 4 we will finally get to meet our sweet baby boy who we have been thinking about for the past 32 weeks. We went to the doctor last week, and he set the date for our scheduled … Continue reading

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Week 17: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

My pre-pregnancy jeans can no longer be buttoned, let alone zipped up. And wearing the belly band attempting to hold them in place feels like an exercise in futility. Nearly four years ago and pregnant for the first time, I … Continue reading

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Week 29: Healthy snack options

Most days I still wake up and think, geez, where did this belly come from? It really is like it happened over night. Our baby shower is coming up this weekend, and the thought of it makes this thing real! Nine weeks … Continue reading

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Week 28: Right-sided baby

Hello, third trimester! Finally we are in the homestretch. Some days it feels like we found out we were pregnant yesterday, and other days it feels like it was a year ago. One thing I am not a fan of: … Continue reading

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Week 35: When is it best to nest?

As I close out on week 35 of pregnancy, I keep waiting for my nesting phase to kick in. Come on organization kick … any day now will do! With having preterm labor the first time around, I never really … Continue reading

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Week 26: Scheduled C-section

I can’t believe in one week I will be seven months pregnant. So far this journey has been pretty nice. Yesterday I had my 26-week checkup. At my previous appointment I was in and out within 20 minutes. My daughter … Continue reading

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Week 34: Uncharted territory

This is a monumental week in my pregnancy. For most ladies, being 34 weeks along in pregnancy comes and goes with no real fanfare or excitement. But for me, it is a point that I have waited patiently for since I found … Continue reading

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Week 32: Picking a pediatrician

A month or so back my OB happened to ask me if I had decided on a pediatrician yet. Hmm … about that … no I hadn’t. “Well, it is best that you figure that out prior to the baby … Continue reading

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Week 31: Progesterone ponderings

I feel a bit like a ticking time bomb. I’m out of town visiting my family, and all I can think about is getting another week further along in my pregnancy and keeping this baby inside my belly. Most women … Continue reading

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Week 22: Embrace it

It’s official—2015 is here, which means we have about four months left until we meet our sweet little man. I know there are so many women who claim to love being pregnant, and I promised myself in September that I … Continue reading

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Week 30: Three-quarters pregnancy crisis

Somewhere around a few weeks ago I started getting this weird feeling that I’m sticking out a bit more than I’d like, in several ways. I think it first hit me when I mentioned to someone that I still have … Continue reading

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Week 29: Happy New Year!

As 2014 comes to a close and we get ready to ring in the New Year, people all around the world start to set goals and create resolutions to guide them in the new year (or at least the first … Continue reading

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Week 20: Shake it off

I’m usually pretty laid back when it comes to shopping, even when I decide to bring my 2-year-old. A few days ago we decided to embrace the crazy world of holiday shopping. We had pretty much all of our shopping … Continue reading

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Week 28: Merry pregnancy!

It’s the week of Christmas, and my pregnancy brain is filled with lots of Christmas-y things—so it is altogether amazing that we are all still functioning over here. As I’ve been cruising around town listening to all the Christmas songs … Continue reading

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Week 27: The heart of the matter

You know that old wives tale that says that if you have lots of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with a full head of hair? Well, I have no idea if there is any truth to that … Continue reading

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Week 18: Finding out the gender

One of the main things people ask when you are expecting is, “What are you having?” Even if you aren’t far enough along to know, they always ask when you will be able to find out. I know there are … Continue reading

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Week 17: Oh what fun!

Hi! My name is Ryann, and I am very excited to be P&N’s newest Knocked Up blogger. I live in Columbus, Mississippi with my football coach hubby and our two littles: a sweet 7-year-old boy and a dramatic 2-year-old princess. … Continue reading

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Week 25: The dreaded diabetes test

The funny thing about the pregnancy diabetes test is that I think for most people, the anticipation of the test is so much worse than the actual thing. I remember with my first pregnancy I was so worried about the … Continue reading

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Mocked up

Let’s be honest: Being the pregnant lady at the dinner party is not a lot of fun. As everyone else digs into the cheese plate and downs libations, you are likely left searching for a glass of ginger ale and … Continue reading

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Baby bump blockbusters

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Week 38: Why I’m not writing a birth plan

I have nothing against birth plans. I think they’re great, and everyone should have one. Even me. Heck, I should have had one with my first pregnancy, then my second and probably this one too. But alas, I find myself … Continue reading

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Week 23: Living the good life of the second trimester

Oh, the second trimester. I’ve been cruising through it for the last several weeks, and all of the sudden it hit me: This is the sweet spot of pregnancy. We’ve long since left behind the days of the gross-feeling first … Continue reading

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Week 37: My third trimester guide to picking things up  

It’s approximately 92,960,000 miles from Earth to the sun. That’s about four miles less than the distance between you and anything you drop on the floor during the final weeks of pregnancy. When it comes to picking stuff up off … Continue reading

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Week 22: Working on my fitness

I was reading online last week, and I came across an article about a pregnant woman who is nine months along and still running … 40 to 60 miles a week. I’ll let that sink in for all you pregnant … Continue reading

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Week 21: Too cool for (baby) school?

Recently, I was looking at a pregnancy calendar app that goes week-by-week detailing what a pregnant mom should be focused on each week. It could be anything from “start a registry” to “do some light stretching to help loosen up … Continue reading

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School of pain

They don’t call it “labor” for nothing! The moments leading up to delivery require hard, painful work. Labor is tricky to predict or even describe because every woman’s birth experience is unique. And while it’s impossible to truly understand how … Continue reading

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Sleep busters

Sleep is essential for both you and your growing babe, so avoid these potential snooze-wreckers, which can cause you to toss and turn all night long. Processed foods A recent study in the journal Nutrition found that individuals who tended … Continue reading

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Exhausted expectations

Your pregnancy test comes back positive, and you feel on top of the world. But then fatigue strikes. Although you’ve likely read about it (along with cravings, morning sickness and all the other early pregnancy symptoms), you probably weren’t prepared … Continue reading

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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 20: For the love of pulled pork

As I stand in front of the refrigerator, the coolness wafting out, I scan the shelves. I see tons of healthy snacks including big purple grapes, cheese sticks, celery and carrots staring back at me. But, all I keep thinking … 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 18: CAUTION: Traveling while pregnant

Pregnancy changes a lot of things that normally you don’t give a second thought about: getting dressed every morning, a normal amount of trips to the bathroom and a solid night of sleep, just to name a few. Last weekend … Continue reading

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40 Weeks: 40 Reasons I’m glad I’m 40 weeks pregnant

One thing everyone loves to say when you’re at the end of pregnancy is “You’re almost at the finish line!” While I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t know very many women who are nine months pregnant and still running races. … Continue reading

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October 2014 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Kasey (MD), Monica (NJ), Shamia (NJ), Janet (AZ), Misty (IL), Edith (TX), Kathleen (NY), Diane (RI), Laura (CA), Karen (TN), Violet (OH), Rochelle (IL), Kaitlyn (NJ), Erica (NH), Jada (VA), Patricia (GA), Jennifer … Continue reading

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Brushing up on oral health care

Nothing to be afraid of “It’s perfectly safe to have treatment during your pregnancy,” says Sally Cram, DDS, PC, spokesperson and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA) and periodontist in Washington, D.C. In fact, keeping up with your … Continue reading

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Make due

Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room … Continue reading

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Week 38: Flipping Babies

There are many phrases you don’t want to hear at your 36-week appointment, like “you’re going to be pregnant for nine more months” or “your baby is actually half vampire.” For me, my OB walked into the room following my … Continue reading

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Week 37: Maternity clothes

I remember it like it was yesterday. My husband sent me a text that read “What’s ‘Destination Maternity’? You have a HUGE box here.” I sped home, filled with anticipation to open the package: my very first maternity clothes. Now, … Continue reading

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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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