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Pregnancy

A selection of posts which have to do mostly with being pregnant. Spans three separate pregnancies over four years.

78 Seconds – A Birth Story

“It’s just that there’s more blood than we would like to be seeing.” “Someone call the doctor in.” “She’s coming.” “What’s she dilated to?” “She’s at 5cm and about 80% effaced. She just started bleeding.” “Get peds in here. Get them ready. Let me check her.” “She’s complete.” “Oh that explains it.” “Get the team.” …

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Big Pregnancy Update – 32 Weeks

I have been hesitating to publish pregnancy updates lately because all in all, this fourth baby has caused me very few issues (unlike his brothers!), and I didn’t really want to bore anyone with posts about random pregnancy things that most everyone deals with. But a few weeks ago, things changed up a little bit, …

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Things You Should NEVER Say to a Mom Battling Depression

Depression before, during and after pregnancy is all too common. Whether you have longed for a child for years or you’ve been through it all before, depression can hit at any time. Sometimes it is expected because the mother has a history of mental illness, and other times it comes out of left field and …

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Planning For A New Baby – Monochrome Nursery Theme

Now that I’m more than halfway through this fourth pregnancy, and the kicks and prods in my belly are becoming more and more noticeable, I realized it was probably time to start planning for actually HAVING the baby. Since Chester is still using his crib right now, I have been trying to decide whether to …

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The Unbearable Itchiness of Being

Oh help me, OB-GYN Kenobi! You’re my only hope! I can’t believe this is happening again. And so early! That’s right – my body has gone into super crazy overdrive with the unbearable itchiness associated with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). As you may or may not know, I’ve dealt with this in every single …

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Pregnancy Update! What The Hell Is Going On?

I know I’ve been quiet on this blog for a while. The truth is that I’ve been spending an exceptionally large amount of time in my bed during this pregnancy. I’ve been struggling with my usual antenatal depression, which has been a little trickier to navigate this time around. There’s been a LOT of personal …

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A Wave of Light – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

I don’t often talk about my own experience with miscarriage. I’ve had three in total, and each has hit me hard. When I was growing up, I didn’t want children. I saw myself as career-driven, wanting to make a difference to the world, and I thought kids were annoying and got in the way of …

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It’s My Body and I’ll Tie if I Want To

When we found out we were pregnant with this baby, Mark’s immediate reaction was to declare his intentions on getting a vasectomy. While he loves me and loves our children, he does NOT love pregnancy’s effect on his wife – neither physical  nor psychological. While initially we both were on the same page with how …

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