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10 Conversations You *Must* Have With Your Midwife

One of the first, and arguably most important, decisions you'll make during your pregnancy is who your provider will be. Usually, that means a choice between an OB-GYN and midwife. If you go with the latter, you'll have some specific considerations…
By Kimmie Fink

It's Time To Talk About Bleeding Gums When You're Pregnant

If you thought nothing could be more unrelated than your dental health and your pregnancy, you could be in for a most unpleasant surprise. When you found out you were pregnant, you were probably prepared for the usual: morning sickness, frequent…
By Kimmie Fink

10 Little Things My Partner Did That Proved He Appreciated Me When I Was Pregnant

I’m a very independent person, so I don’t like asking for help. Yes, I know that's not a particularly redeeming trait. But being pregnant taught me that I really do need to lean on other people. The little things my partner did that proved he…
By Liza Wyles

10 Reasons Why Being Pregnant In February Is Actually The Best

Last February I wrote a short treatise on why being pregnant in February is the worst. As that article made the rounds and people pitched in their two cents, I began to see arguments as to why maybe it's not all that bad. While I stand by my…
By Jamie Kenney

I Had A Hemorrhoidectomy In My Second Trimester, And This Is What That's Like

It was a Thursday. At 18 weeks pregnant, I was enjoying my first few weeks without severe nausea and vomiting. I'd gotten through a busy day, which included my husband's change of command ceremony and reception, followed by feeding and entertaining…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's How To Tell If Your Baby Is Going To Have A Big Head

Most moms-to-be spend a lot of time thinking about childbirth. In my experience, it's typical to have specific labor and delivery preferences, or to be afraid of the process entirely. One big worry I had was that my baby was going to have a big…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Things Pregnancy Hot Flashes *Actually* Feel Like

I woke up in a puddle of my own sweat. As I got out of bed, waves of heat and nausea flowed over me. I ran to the bathroom to throw up and thought to myself: could I be going through menopause? I had no idea that pregnant people can experience hot…
By Steph Montgomery

9 Things No One Tells You About Your Back During Pregnancy, But I Will

It’s common knowledge that being pregnant can be an uncomfortable experience, especially in the third trimester. I didn't expect to have so much back pain, though. I tried everything to get some relief, including physical therapy, massage, and a…
By Steph Montgomery

I Had Lightning Crotch During Pregnancy & Here's What I Wish I Had Known

I was about 36 weeks pregnant the first time I felt sharp pain in my vagina. I had no idea what was happening. It felt like electricity was shooting out of my vagina, which was just as painful as it sounds. I wondered if I was in labor or if my baby…
By Steph Montgomery

7 Things Acid Reflex *Actually* Feels Like

Most people have experienced that uniquely horrible burning sensation known as acid reflux after finishing a rather delicious meal. While the food is, in my opinion, usually worth the burn, acid reflux is no joke. In fact, over time it can cause…
By Candace Ganger

17 Moms Reveal The Most Disgusting Part Of Their Pregnancy

Pregnant bodies do weird-ass things. Weird-ass, gross things. I mean, my pregnant body did (twice), and I have long-suspected I'm not alone. So I asked other moms to share the most disgusting part of their pregnancy and I learned that, not only am I…
By Jamie Kenney

8 Doubts You'll *Definitely* Have About Your Marriage When You're Pregnant

Pregnancy changes everything, from your body and your future family composition to the way your brain works. In my experience, pregnancy is amazing, but it's also scary, intense, funny, uncomfortable, and emotional. And, it turns out, it can also…
By Steph Montgomery

9 Third Trimester Moments That Prove You're Going To Be An Amazing Mom

Personally, I don't consider pregnancy to be a particularly fun time, especially towards the end. In fact, I think there has to be some reason why pregnant people are so miserable. Is it evolutionary? Does it serve some higher purpose? I want to…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Creepy Things My Mother-In-Law Actually Said To Me When I Was Pregnant

I've been married twice, and, as a result, I consider myself to be a relative expert when it comes to mother-in-law relationships. I'm going to be honest, though: my relationships with my mother-in-laws weren't that great, and when I got pregnant…
By Steph Montgomery

These 5 Zodiac Signs Will Be The Most Miserable Pregnant Women

In my experience, pregnancy sucks. Between my three pregnancies I had almost every complication imaginable, from anemia and hyperemesis gravidarum to preterm labor and preeclampsia. All of this was worse, I think, because I really don't handle…
By Steph Montgomery

9 Reasons Why The Last Week Of Pregnancy Is Actually The Hardest

Every stage of pregnancy has its difficult parts. As trimesters go, the first has got to be the worst with its never-ending nausea. Second trimester brings heartburn and headache. By the third trimester, your body is just trying to accommodate that…
By Kimmie Fink

6 First Trimester Moments Prove You’re A Badass

The first trimester is, in my opinion, the worst. In your second trimester you have this rush of energy, and you can see the finish line when you're in the third trimester, but those first 12 weeks of pregnancy are a garbage fire of horrible…
By Candace Ganger

The 8 Most Common Third Trimester Fights & How To Avoid Them

Pregnancy doesn't last forever, but the potentially negative ways it can impact your relationship certainly can. And when you're exhausted, uncomfortable, and in your third trimester, common arguments can really put a strain on your relationship.…
By Candace Ganger
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What I Wish I Could Say To The Well-Meaning Motherhood Advice Givers

I’ve never been the type of person that strangers have felt comfortable casually chatting with. I’m nearly 6 feet tall, I have tattoos, I wear a lot of black, and my confident facade can sometimes be mistaken for unapproachability. (It’s just the…
By Beth Demmon

13 Moms Describe What The "Ring Of Fire" Actually Feels Like

My first child was born via C-section after 18 hours of labor. My second time around, it was important to me to do everything I could to have a vaginal delivery. Since those can be difficult to experience after you've had a C-section, I was diligent…
By Jamie Kenney