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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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Week 39: Hospital bag

I have no clue how we’ll pay for my daughter’s college or wedding, and although we passed the “Infant Care” classes, I’m still not entirely positive what to do with regard to the umbilical cord stump. As far as feeling … 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Week 23: Keeping it real

I need to share this. I threw up out of my nose the other night. My husband made a lovely dinner: slow-cooked chicken in a homemade BBQ sauce on a fresh ciabatta bun, served alongside fresh grilled vegetables. It was … 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 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 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 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 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 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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