Uterine Rupture: Bear’s Birth Story

I hardly know where to start. I guess the beginning would be best. As my second son’s due date approached, I was worried about a lot of things. Worried I would have to be induced. Worried I couldn’t handle the pain of childbirth. Worried I would have to schedule a c-section. Worried my first son…

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Infertility and Postpartum Depression

If you’ve experienced any level of infertility on the road to welcoming your child, you’re part of an unfortunate but supportive club. People who struggle with getting pregnant or staying pregnant — we just GET IT. We know what to say and, most importantly, what not to say. You can dive into your current frustrations with…

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When Your Children’s Age Gap Wasn’t Your Choice

I recently had a rare night off in which I met up with a group of mom friends. We had a wonderful time. I showered, ordered grown up beverages, calmed no tantrums, and got almost nothing spilled on me. It was so magical and so liberating. Until the conversation inevitably turned to the ideal age gap between kids. (If…

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How to Get Pregnant in 100 Easy Steps

My road to motherhood has been rocky at best, downright soul crushing at worst, and always ridiculous. We welcomed our son after three years of trying and two miscarriages. Even though three pregnancies in as many years is considered “fertile,” I still felt the weight of infertility bearing down on me after so many negative pregnancy tests.…

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The Struggle of Deciding If One Child Is Enough

I’m afraid when I tell people I am 99 percent certain my daughter will be an only child, they think it’s because I don’t like being a mom. Truth be told, life with just one child would be easier. But that’s not the reason. My daughter is happy and full of life. Watching her grow…

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A Love Letter to My C-Section

If you would’ve asked me how I dreamed of giving birth to my first child, at the very bottom of my list would’ve been a C-section. I had read the books, I had poured over the articles, I had heard all the birth stories. I thought C-sections were the easy way out (a thought that…

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Dear Former Pregnant Self: You’re an Idiot

Oh, you. Look at you. Look at you sitting gracefully with your hair washed, dried, AND curled. So pretty. So lovely. So stupid. 1. Stop complaining about being tired. Just stop. You’re embarrassing yourself. I know you got up to pee three times last night and you think you’re prepared for life with a newborn…

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Why I’m Glad Miscarriages Are Painful

As the annoying hippie that I am, I chose to forego any serious pain medicine during both miscarriages. I know. I’m an idiot. I was given a very small dose of valium before my D&C and they didn’t lead me into the creepy, nothing-good-happens-back-here room until I resembled my 20-year-old self at a frat party.…

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7 Worst Movies to Watch After a Miscarriage

Marley & Me It’s bad enough the dog dies at the end (whoops, spoiler alert), but before that happens there’s a miscarriage scene. Jennifer Aniston isn’t known for her acting range (she boldly plays the role of Jennifer Aniston in every movie), but she nails it with the look on her face when the doctor…

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Sometimes You Just Need to Break a Pregnancy Test

“How long have you been trying?” When you’re trying to have a baby (or when you’ve been married for more than a week), this question gets asked by every doctor, fertility questionnaire, nervous family member, and concerned friend. And my answer is a well-choreographed dance of “I’m always within the normal timeframe” and “I’m definitely…

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Entering the Second Trimester After Multiple Miscarriages

So I’ve finally done it. I’ve made it out of the stressful and worrisome first trimester in which most miscarriages occur. Now it’s time to party and coast through the entire pregnancy carefree! No. I’m sorry, no. I am experiencing a huge sense of relief every time a doctor tells me my chances of miscarrying…

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