Dena Ogden

Dena is a freelance writer and native Washingtonian who considers herself a part ’80s/part ‘90s girl. In between work, play and family, you can find her putting too much creamer in her coffee and making up her own yoga poses.
Recent Articles

10 Texts Every Laboring Woman Sends On The The Way To The Hospital

As a pregnant woman in her third trimester, I’ve already been to the hospital once since passing that blessed "full-term" mark. My partner's the only one who knows, though, since I kind of knew it wasn't really go-time. I was simply following instruc…
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My Partner Just Doesn’t Understand Being Pregnant In Public

While I have an incredibly supportive, wonderfully attentive partner, I've come to the conclusion that there are things my partner can’t understand about being pregnant in public. To be fair, there are things I didn’t understand about being pregnant …
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10 Things I Wish My Partner Said When I Was Nursing

Let the record show that my partner was crucial when it came to breastfeeding. He was present and supportive and helpful, even accompanying me to appointments with a lactation consultant so he could help me recreate specific holds and latch technique…
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What Every Grown-Ass Man Does When His Partner Has Pregnancy Cravings

Out of all the pregnancy side effects a gestating woman can suffer through, cravings definitely aren't the worst. I mean, my cravings brought me closer to donuts, spicy pasta, and then more donuts. That’s not to say cravings can't still be a disrupti…
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What Every Breastfeeding Mom Does When She’s Alone

When I was breastfeeding my newborn son, I don’t remember having a lot of alone time. As he got older and as feedings got further and further apart, I could finally start taking moments to breathe between feedings. Still, there was a while at the beg…
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No, Women Don’t Owe You Pregnancy Announcements

More often than not, my Facebook feed is filled with baby shower pictures for a casual friend I didn't know was pregnant. "Oh snap," I think. "How'd I miss that?" A quick scroll of her own page will indicate that, nope, she never posted an announceme…
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9 Emotional Stages Of Burping Your Baby

Spit up is an unavoidable part of parenting. It’s a good thing babies are small and cute, because frequent spit ups from any other source would, frankly, be terrible. Still, that doesn’t mean that helping a baby burp is always easy. In fact, I’d even…
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12 Things That Are OK To Hate About Breastfeeding

For the record, it's absolutely OK to publicly admit that you love breastfeeding. I don't think there's a damn thing wrong with saying it was easy for you, enjoyable for you, and a great bonding experience for you. No, not everyone has an easy go of …
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8 Things You Don’t Have To Do When You Dress Yourself Post-Baby

As a pregnant woman who’s just a few short weeks from her due date, I’m very much looking forward to the arrival of my baby. I’m also very much looking forward to not being pregnant anymore. While I know postpartum life is very demanding of me, and m…
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Everything I Wish I Said To The Mom Who Stood Up For Me

Sometimes simply existing as a mother, especially one who dares to go out in public, makes you vulnerable to an endless amount of shaming. Though I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to mom-shaming, one incident in particular still sticks out in my m…
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10 Thoughts Every Pregnant Woman Has When She's Carrying Low

I was warned my second pregnancy would be different than my first. Still, I never factored in that carrying lower could be one of the things that threw me for a metaphorical loop. While it’s not a bad thing, per se, it is different enough that I’m no…
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Everything You Don’t Have To Give Up When You’re Exclusively Nursing

With the birth of my second child just around the corner, breastfeeding has relentlessly been on my mind. Despite the fact that I had some serious struggles nursing my son, I’m trying to remain optimistic that it’ll be smoother experience the second …
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What Every Woman Needs To Hear When She’s Postpartum Shopping

A woman’s feelings about her postpartum body can be nothing short of complicated. If your recovery is anything like mine, it can take something like shopping to serve as a significant milestone that makes you face those intense feelings. Shopping mad…
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10 People Pregnancy Made Me Feel Connected To

It’s not exactly a secret that pregnancy can create a slew of emotions. The hormones are common knowledge, sure, but there’s also the moments of pure excitement, frustration, and even fear. Plus, all the feels that go along with an intense bout of na…
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I’m Glad I Didn’t Know This About Extended Breastfeeding

I was blissfully hopeful (and slightly naive) when I decided to breastfeed my first baby, and especially when I thought about doing nursing long-term. That’s not to say I wasn’t warned that it could be hard, though. In fact, I had a number of mom fri…
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9 Intense Things About Pregnancy I Wasn’t Ready For

For the record, I didn’t expect pregnancy to be blissful. I knew, like I think most people know, that it can be challenging, exciting, awe-inspiring, uncomfortable, and scary. Actually, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. That’s like, pregnancy on a …
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What I’m Glad I Didn’t Know About The 3rd Trimester

Greetings from the deep, dark depths of the third trimester of pregnancy. I’m now able to count the weeks remaining until my due date on one hand, which is both glorious and tortuous. I’ve been through pregnancy once before, actually, and I can still…
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What Makes Breastfeeding Feel Worth It

When I was preparing to breastfeed my first baby, I was warned the process could be difficult. It was like every mom I knew had endured some sort of breastfeeding struggle and, as a result, wanted me to be fully aware of what I was getting myself int…
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The One Compliment Every Mom Needs To Hear After Giving Birth

Unsurprisingly, a birth brings a lot of attention to the new baby. I totally get it, and I’m guilty of it, too. When I visit a friend with a newborn, my typical response is to fuss over and complement the baby. Then, after I’ve spent sufficient time …
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9 Things No Nursing Mom Likes About Weaning

In my earliest days of breastfeeding, all I could think about was weaning. In fact, most days I breastfed I thought about weaning. For me, weaning was as mysterious a concept as figuring out how to breastfeed in the first place. Despite my uncertaint…
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