The following is a note I wrote to myself on October 5th, 2007, 5 months after we lost our little girl Tobee at 5 months into the pregnancy. I re-read this today while going over some of my notes in an attempt to remember her, the 5 months she was growing inside of me, and the 5 months of ups and downs hoping every time we had an ultrasound (and we had a lot) that her heartbeat was stronger and she was growing bigger and catching up. Sadly after years of infertility and finally getting… Continue
Added by Allison Rouble on February 14, 2012 at 10:13am —
Bigger boobs. Expanded belly. Varicose veins. Back pain. Though it's an exciting moment in time, pregnancy is often uncomfortable. Happily, there are numerous products designed to lend an extra dose of support to moms-to-be.
Here, my handy-dandy list of groovy gear to help you look and feel your best during trimesters one through four.
Trimester 1… Continue
Added by amy tara koch on August 31, 2011 at 10:28am —
I have to say, after all of the comments and pictures of glowing pregnant women...I definitely thought I would feel the same...wouldn't that be nice. The first trimester has to be the hardest thing in the world. I have put on 7 lbs in my gut...not cute! My boobs have grown two cup sizes in the last few weeks and my pants are not buttoning the way they are supposed to. Well...let me rephrase that...I can button my pants but I feel like a really fat pig in a small blanket if you know what I mean.… Continue
Added by Veena Crownholm on April 22, 2011 at 3:00pm —
A few weeks ago, I started feeling all emotional, bloated and having the chills. Naturally, I thought Auntie Flo was coming to visit. Why wouldn't I think that??? Well, I was wrong. Auntie was definitely not coming and maybe not for a really long time. Sad! Not really! I went and took a pregnancy test and two seconds later...THERE IT WAS...two dark blue faithful lines staring… Continue
Added by Veena Crownholm on April 22, 2011 at 2:59pm —
Some pregnant women are blessed with that goddess like glow from within. Not me. My face was peppered with a smorgasbord of dermatological atrocities from the moment I learned of my pregnancy. Red spots appeared on my cheeks. Water retention caused Samsonite sized luggage to take up residence under my eyes. Itchy eczema patches came and went on my face and body. I went through a bout of acne that would put a teenager’s volcanic complexion to shame.… Continue
Added by amy tara koch on March 29, 2011 at 1:53pm —
Billy Bush and Kit Hoover and Amy going over her script …
Added by amy tara koch on February 10, 2011 at 10:30am —
Melasma sucks. It is difficult to treat, it is unsightly, frustrating and just plain embarrassing to those of us who suffer from it.…
Added by Angela F on February 9, 2011 at 8:00pm —
Natalie Portman was glowing and gorge at last night’s SAG awards. In my book, the divine Ms N wins in the “most improved” category making up for her Vicktor & Rolf Golden Globes fashion fiasco. Still, there is room to bump it up and really make a statement for the Oscars. With her belly busting triumphantly from restraining waistbands, Natalie needs to think about how to use accessories as tools to both glammify her look and leanify her silhouette.… Continue
Added by amy tara koch on January 31, 2011 at 2:00pm —
A U.S. Environmental Working Group Study looked at the umbillical cords of 10 newborns in 2004. Widely believed was the concept that the placenta shielded a developing fetus from toxins in the environment, such as chemicals in our products, and pesticides. The blood was collected from the cords of these babies by the Red Cross, as a means of testing this theory. The results were…
Added by Lynne Lund on December 14, 2010 at 10:48am —
Well if you've been following this blog at all in the past, or follow me on Twitter
, or know me in real life then you'd know that I am pregnant, currently expecting Baby Girl #2
I know I should have started this earlier, life kind of got in the way,
but I wanted to do like a diary-type thing chronicling what happens
every week up until "Labor Day"
Added by Vi Nguyen on November 5, 2010 at 9:50am —
by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
As soon as that cute little baby bump makes its appearance, the unsolicited advice rears its ugly head. From your best friend to your mother-in-law to a complete stranger in the check-out line, everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to your growing belly and how you’ll deal with it all. Whether it’s “are you planning to breastfeed” or “what color have you picked for the nursery,” all of the…
Added by GetButtonedUp.com Moms on April 30, 2010 at 8:54am —
I had the great fortune to attend The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services Annual Forum the weekend of February 26-27 here in Austin, TX. This is my first CIMS meeting and it truly lived up to all that I've ever heard about CIMS.
CIMS is made up of individuals and groups that are passionate about preserving natural childbirth and helping all mothers to have natural childbirths. They advocate a midwife model of care which accentuates freedom of movement while in labor, the… Continue
Added by Darline Turner-Lee on March 8, 2010 at 2:49pm —
I’m so excited! The Coalition for Improving Maternity
) Annual Meeting
and Forum will be held in Austin this weekend, February 26-27th and I’m
going to be there! Some of the most prominent experts in mother and
baby care will be presenting and relating data from their latest
research. I know that I am going to learn a lot about how to better care
for and serve mamas on bed rest.
By their own… Continue
Added by Darline Turner-Lee on February 25, 2010 at 8:27pm —
A common misconception amongst high risk pregnant women (myself included) is that we don't have options when it comes to labor and delivery. Because we are high risk and "likely to have complications" we don't even ask if alternative treatments or options are available. We simply go with whatever our obstetricians "advise", even if we have strong reservations or even vehement opposition to their recommendations.
In this blog post, I want to encourage high risk pregnant women to speak… Continue
Added by Darline Turner-Lee on January 27, 2010 at 2:43pm —
The decision whether or not to have a cesarean section should depend on whether or not a vaginal delivery poses a serious physical threat to mother, baby or both. Unfortunately, in the United States, the decision whether or not to have a cesarean delivery can be based on such flighty decisions as, "I want to have my baby during the week and not the weekend."
For me personally, there were some medical reasons that made cesarean delivery a sensible option. But looking back now, I… Continue
Added by Darline Turner-Lee on January 22, 2010 at 2:12pm —
Appropriately, the first week and month of the New Year begins with Folic Acid and birth defect awareness. Folic Acid being the most famous anti-birth defect vitamin in the B family. However, there is confusion and misunderstanding about this vitamin, its benefits and risks.
This awareness week should be renamed FOLATE WEEK.
Folic Acid is a synthetically made vitamin. Folate, or B9, is the natural form of this B vitamin. It is found in green leafy vegetables, whole grains like… Continue
Added by Birgitta Lauren on January 9, 2010 at 10:44pm —
From my blog: At Donna's Discretion
Bed rest. Separate, these words sound great. The word "bed" conjures up images of warm, cozy comfort. The word "rest" is one that no one could find fault in. It's a way to de-stress and something everyone seems to need more of these days. Used together, however, these words create an oxymoron. At least it does when you are a mother.
Have you ever heard the saying,… Continue
Added by Donna Cope Sams on January 5, 2010 at 7:45am —
One of the most phenomenal stories regarding babies that I ever heard was reported on CNN in May 2005 and in the May 30, 2005 edition of Jet Magazine.
“A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a shed where the infant was discovered nestled with a litter of puppies.” CBS News covered this story as well.
This baby girl was dressed… Continue
Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on December 29, 2009 at 9:16am —
After the pregnancy test is bought and your dreams have been confirmed, you are on cloud 9. For most of us, the trip begins. You think the final destination is the delivery room. What you forget to remember is that room is just a rest stop on your trip. With every trip, you'll experience ups and downs. You'll be trading your little wallet sized clutch in for an oversized bag that weighs as much as a baby. Cocktail parties will be upgraded with balloons, clowns and lots of little screaming… Continue
Added by POSHpreneur Clarissa on November 5, 2009 at 6:00am —
From my blog, At Donna's Discretion
This blog post is not about the obvious mushy stuff. Of course what I'm most looking forward to is finally having my little bundle of joy in my arms. Having another happy, healthy son is going to be my biggest blessing through all of this, but I'm not going to talk about the obvious here. I'm going to talk about the stuff that I didn't learn about until AFTER I became… Continue
Added by Donna Cope Sams on November 2, 2009 at 8:30am —