Category Archives: Pregnancy

I Started to Give Birth While on the Toilet

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I was 7 months pregnant that April, according to my new OB/GYN who did not speak very good English. My husband had left very early for work, so I was home with our three kids, all ages 5 and under, and my brother-in-law who was there to paint for us. I woke up around 7 […]

My Horrible OB-GYN Experience

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Health has never been a big concern in my life. As a child, my mother chose to avoid the doctor because I literally fought the nurses tooth and nail. That was back when antibiotics were given by needle, not mouth. So, I sweated out the fevers, took a few aspirin and got over it. When […]

Post Baby: I Wear My Swimsuit and Stretch Marks Proudly

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Even before giving birth neither I nor any of my closest friends had the sort of body that you would immediately think to display on a beach. The closest I personally came to “Bathing Suit Confidence” was the summer I was sixteen when I dared to buy and actually wear a black bikini with the […]

To Persevere Through the Darkness

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Photo: Mattox Imagine yourself, home just one week with your precious newborn, but that you don’t want to hold or for that matter touch, feed or bathe your perfectly innocent child. Some new mothers may never be able to relate to these thoughts because for some, an infant provides nothing but elation. However, for me, […]

Vicariously

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I made her retake the test three times, just for accuracy.  No, not the paternity test—I’m not that big of a tool—I’m referring to the evil, double pink line test.  Prior to that, I thought the only reason to celebrate urinating was the first voiding after passing a kidney stone.  But after she thrice shoved […]

My Pregnant Lungs

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Photo: Peter Baxter I’ve gotten to know my lungs pretty personally in this last, ninth month.  Before pregnancy I really had no relationship with my lungs.  But since the baby has pushed his feet into the north end of what had always been lung occupied territory, the lungs are tapping on my lower esophagus, trying […]

The Bathroom Baby Saga

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Photo: Rick Trombley I was 7 months pregnant that April, according to my new OB/GYN who did not speak very good English. My husband had left very early for work, so I was home with our three kids, all ages 5 and under, and my brother-in-law who was there to paint for us. I woke […]

Birth Control

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Photo: Marcos Paternoster I will start out by telling you that my youngest child is now old enough to vote. This is a matter of some amazement to me. There is just no way that I am old enough to have a son that old, let alone his brother and sister who are even older. […]

Really? Things Will Change?

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When I was pregnant, people couldn’t help but give me their two cents (and four cents, and six cents and eight cents…). Apparently, people assumed I hadn’t thought this parent thing through and I wanted -– no, needed -– to hear their advice and opinions on the subject. As a first time parent-to-be it wasn’t […]

The Test

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It was the proverbial 400-pound gorilla and it followed us everywhere. It was with us when we went out for Spring Break where we realized that we had become the creepy old people hanging out in the corner of the room wondering why the music had to up so loud. It was with us when […]