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The Wackiest Pregnancy Symptom Yet: Frostbite?!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Pregnancy is a magical time in life, so filled with excitement and hope and miraculous changes. And of course, it’s also filled with an array of pretty unglamorous symptoms and indignities.

Take, for example, the latest star to share some news of pregnancy discomfort with her online following. JWoww, now in her ninth month of what has not been an easy pregnancy, revealed on her website that she’d been suffering from painful sciatica. And although her doc approved the use of Tylenol to treat it, she opted for what she hoped would be a safer route: an ice pack on the affected area. But oops! The ice pack did much more harm than good, leaving the star with a wicked case of frostbite on her back that took fully a month to heal!

Unfortunately, this pregnancy scenario is easily relatable for most folks who have ever been pregnant into that dicey last trimester.

For me, a relatively easy and symptom-free twin pregnancy in the first and second trimesters has given way to a third trimester in which my belly is so big, I can’t really get around on my own. No longer able to walk big box store aisles, I have resorted to the motorized cart (which, OK, admittedly, is pretty fun).

And I require an ancillary body—also known as my husband—to maneuver my own basically helpless one. Yes, my husband has taken over all the cooking and cleaning. And yes, he helps me in and out of the car. But we’ve also gotten to the point now that I require his help even to turn over from side to side in bed in the middle of the night, sort of like rotating a rotisserie chicken. To wit, it would be a very bad time for a zombie apocalypse—I’d be toast.

Now I’d love to hear from you: What’s your most undignified pregnancy symptom or moment?

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Pregnancy Symptoms: How To Cope With Pregnancy Brain
Pregnancy Symptoms: How To Cope With Pregnancy Brain
Pregnancy Symptoms: How To Cope With Pregnancy Brain

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Guess Which Celeb Loves Pregnancy (and Why)?!

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Membership in the pregnancy club definitely has its privileges. In many cases, the baby-incubating life stage comes with a pair of very big perks.

Ahem. We’re talking about boobs, get it? And Mila Kunis is among that particular pregnancy symptom’s biggest fans. In an interview with Marie Claire—she’s the mag’s July issue cover girl—she describes going from an A cup to a C, and being pretty thrilled about those new developments.

“They’re amazing,” she said. “They’ve tripled in size. I was a 34A; now I’m a 36C. I’m so excited! I’m telling everyone I know, ‘Go ahead, touch them! Without being an a–hole, I have to say, I love being pregnant.”

It’s been a big week for sound bites for the future wife of Ashton Kutcher. On Tuesday night, she went on Jimmy Kimmel Live with a much-publicized rant aimed at dads-to-be who use the phrase, “We’re pregnant.”

Of course, her remarks have not been without controversy. After her Kimmel comments, I went on record with the opposing point of view; I don’t mind if my husband uses that language to describe this period while we expect our babies. He’s shouldering a significant chunk of the various burdens too, after all. (Ashton, how about you?)

And I’m taking issue with Kunis again this time. Sure, being pregnant can be a wondrous thing—at the beginning. This was especially true for me because I experienced zero morning sickness (thank you, thank you, thank you, lucky stars) or even any bouts of extreme fatigue. I found that people gave up seats, encouraged me to cut in bathroom lines, and made general accommodations for me as I started to show—before I had any real challenging physical symptoms. Nice strangers who made me feel special: What a novelty! This pregnancy thing rocks!

But then. (more…)

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“I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant—Till Labor!”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

“A woman feels a little ill. Not knowing why she’s queasy or has excruciating stomach pains, she calls for an ambulance. Shortly after it arrives, she gives birth — to a baby she never knew she was pregnant with,” reports the Connecticut Post.

These stories come up every now and then where women all over the world have no idea they are pregnant for three whole trimesters until to their surprise out comes a baby! I cannot understand at all how that is humanly possible. I know some women’s pregnancy symptoms aren’t as substantial as others, but I put on 20 pounds and looked like I swallowed a basketball—and padded my butt, and not in a bootylicious Kim Kardashian way. I had severe headaches, abdominal cramps, back pain, foot swelling, heartburn, morning sickness, bouts of alternating constipation, diarrhea and gas. I don’t know about you, but those symptoms weren’t an every day occurrence for me before getting pregnant. So if any of those things suddenly happened to me—and I hadn’t had a period in ages—I think I would have thought, “Hmm…something must be up. Time to get a pregnancy test!”

But that’s not at all what happened to Connecticut native Jennifer Scolin, who gave birth to her second child in an ambulance in her driveway. That’s right—her second child. After giving birth to her daughter Kelsey four years ago, Jennifer knew what it felt like to be pregnant. But she says this time around it was totally different. Her period was still regular until last month, and she felt totally fine until the day of her son Cole’s birth, when she woke up with sharp stomach pains. She called her husband to come home from work because she was feeling ill. Moments later, her water broke—that’s when the couple realized she was pregnant and called 911. She barely made it into the ambulance in time. In fact, two pushes and her 9 pound, 3 ounce son was out! Can you imagine? Most of us have pretty excruciating birth stories with hours and hours of labor involved. Two pushes and you have a baby? Unbelievable! And he was no little thing! Over nine pounds, and you didn’t realize you were pregnant? All I can say is wow!

The most shocking thing, though, is that this is the second story like this, this week! Across the pond in England, 20-year-old Sophie Aldridge went to the hospital complaining about back pain she chalked up to severe period cramps. According to The Daily Mail, the doctors sent her home with a dose of painkillers. Hours later she was back in the hospital—giving birth!

After the pains became increasingly strong, Sophie’s mom called an ambulance to take her back to the hospital. In the ambulance, her water broke and the medics realized she was pregnant. Sophie says her period kept coming, she didn’t put on any weight, and never had morning sickness so she was surprised (to say the least!) to give birth to a 5 pound, 8 ounce son, Thomas, just 30 minutes after entering the hospital the second time.

According to studies, undiagnosed pregnancies aren’t as rare as you’d think. One in 600 mothers-to-be report they didn’t realize they were pregnant until going into labor.

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Pregnant Women: Emma Watson REALLY Respects You!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

They say if you want to know what someone’s going through, you have to walk a mile in their shoes.  Well, if you want to know what a pregnant woman is going through, you have to walk just a few steps in her bump. At least that’s what method actor Emma Watson recently learned while filming the box office hit, Noah.

Emma, who plays Ila—a woman expecting twins—in the biblical drama, recently told David Letterman that she wanted to look and feel like she was pregnant with twins to help her get into character, so she asked the wardrobe department to make her a pregnancy suit that weighed as much as it would if she had two babies onboard.

“I came out the next day and I was like, ‘You can’t be serious … I’m exhausted … this is crazy!’” she exclaimed. “And then [wardrobe] turned to me and said, ‘Yeah, that’s just the weight of one child.’”

She couldn’t believe it! But when Emma spoke to her own mom, exhausted after day one of filming, she found no sympathy. “You don’t get to complain, you only faked it,” said wise Mama Watson. Emma went on to tell David, “I have a whole newfound respect for women and motherhood.”

As she should! Of course having a little one inside you is amazing, but you have no idea—or at least I didn’t!—how taxing being pregnant can be until you’re actually carrying a child.The overwhelming feeling of nausea is your new normal (at least for 70 percent of you who will have morning sickness, the other 30 percent are off the hook—and you have won the mommy lottery as far as I’m concerned!). Pregnancy also brings with it the trifecta of discomfort: heartburnconstipation and/or diarrhea, and flatulence. Let’s not forget back pain, foot swelling, and uncontrollable sweating too!

Being pregnant is not easy (by a stretch!), and there will be days when you can’t wait for your baby to arrive just so you don’t have to suffer anymore. But keep your eye on the prize: that beautiful baby of yours! As hard as pregnancy can be, it’s nothing compared to the lifetime of happiness you’ll have with your child.

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Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry

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Boy or Girl for Kelly Clarkson? Big Gender Reveal!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

It’s only been two months since singer Kelly Clarkson announced she and hubby Brandon Blackstock were pregnant. Soon after she said she had a “gut feeling” she was having a girl, telling Parade: “I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’” she joked.

Well, that chick knew it! Or manifested it! Or is just a really good guesser (well, it was a 50-50 chance she’d be right—there are only two options), because she is in fact having a daughter!

“We just found out we’re having a girl officially! I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha!” she announced on Twitter Monday.

She already told Ellen DeGeneres that she and Brandon have chosen a unisex baby name that they were planning to use whether they were having a boy or girl. But no one’s getting  that name out of her.

“We’re not saying because I don’t want someone to steal my baby’s name,” said Kelly. “We named our kid before we were even pregnant!”

PS Musical geniuses Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are expecting their third boy later this year. Maybe there’s a duet in these two kids’ futures!

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What is the Ancient Chinese Gender Predictor?
What is the Ancient Chinese Gender Predictor?

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