Posts Tagged ‘ Third Trimester ’

Watch a Woman Become a Mom in 6 Seconds

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Written by Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow

Is it just me, or does pregnancy play around with your sense of time? The first trimester feels pretty normal, the second moves at warp speed, and the third? Well, it slogs along like a chain gang on its way to the gulag.

In what can only be described as a flash of genius, one savvy expectant couple compressed their entire nine-month journey into a six-second Vine video that’s already received over 9 million views. Even though it’s over almost as soon as it begins, the video titled “The 9 Month Vine” was a real labor of love for Ian Padgham and wife Claire Pasquier. Padgham, who creates Vines for various brands, asked Pasquier to stand in the same spot in the bathroom each month while he captured two frames of video, reports Yahoo! News. He spliced the shots together to create one awesome video. And the Vine has a happy ending, of course — the final second or two shows the new mom cradling her newborn. Aww.

Check out the entire Vine video below:

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Robyn Moreno: What Surprised Me About Pregnancy
Robyn Moreno: What Surprised Me About Pregnancy

Video of “The 9 Month Vine” courtesy of Ian Padgham via Vine

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The Final Countdown! What Did You Do in Your Last Days Before Baby?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Surely there is no better word to describe the final days of pregnancy than “surreal” — in particular for first-time parents with no idea what to expect.

Because I’m carrying multiples who have pretty much been breech (or in other funky positions) the entire time, I always knew I was a likely candidate for a scheduled c-section. (However, I was still fully prepared for the possibility of going into the hospital any day, given I knew my risk for pre-term labor.)

Now here we are at full term, just hours before I’m set to check into the hospital for the big day. Knowing exactly what time your babies are slated to come into the world is a very strange limbo.

Anticipating a Tuesday morning surgery, I knew this past weekend would be my last before babies come. The last Friday, the last Saturday, the last Sunday…tick tick tick. I could almost hear a clock ticking out loud everywhere I went. I felt like we should do something major, something thrilling, something to really take advantage of our last moments as a family of two with proper pomp. Skydiving? Probably out of the question. But at least a last dinner out or grown-up movie in the theater, right?

As it turned out, I wasn’t really even up for those things. Physically, I’m super limited now—everything hurts. And my husband also didn’t relish the visual picture of racing to the car in a crowded parking structure in a desperate panic after his wife’s water broke in the concession line at L.A.’s crazy-packed the Grove shopping mall. (Fair enough—it was a very real possibility.)

So what did we do? Well, we rested mostly—surely something equally as important as any other of my big-plan ideas. (And, hey, in the second trimester, we fit in more babymoons than we ever thought possible, so anything else would have been icing anyway).

Here’s a partial summary of our actual (underwhelming) last days as a kid-free couple:

  • We’re Type-A organizers, and we put all our ducks in one hell of a row. That meant lining up things like cat sitters, and people to move our city trash bins in and out during our planned four-day hospital stay. It also meant preparing for weeks away from work during leave.
  • We watched a bunch of movies from Netflix
  • In solitude, in a tepid Calgon-filled tub, I read both Travel + Leisure magazine and the book Twelve Hours Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old. I call that the wishful-thinking reading list. Hope springs eternal!
  • I got an epic Biogel manicure, with pink and blue nail art in honor of my boy-girl twins’ arrival. The goal was to get the longest-lasting look possible… because getting back into the salon won’t exactly be as easy to fit into my life as it’s been before! And come on: There will be pictures.
  • We set up a few last things in the nursery—and ordered a few things online to fill in some gaps. (How—after three baby showers and what I thought was such a carefully crafted registry—were we without bouncers?) We made sure the kitchen was stocked with non-perishables and paper plates. And we packed and repacked our hospital bags.
  • And today, we’re both working. As you can see, I’m writing this last blog post before babies. And I even participated in a HuffPost Live segment talking about the content of a post from last week—the idea of drawing up a pre-baby contract with your partner. Some people might think we’re nuts, but from where I sit, work seems a lot more relaxing and therapeutic than the alternative: waiting and worrying!

So, did our final countdown before babies turn out to be some big blowout? Hardly. But after a few days like this, I actually sense a new feeling creeping over me, and I like it: I feel like I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.

How did you spend your last days before baby?

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Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month: Preparing for Labor

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Eek! 7 Months Pregnant and Forced to Have an Abortion

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

When you’re pregnant, and especially when you’re getting into your third trimester, you can’t help but be soooo excited! You’re counting down the days till you can finally meet the little nugget you’ve been carrying inside you. You can’t wait till you can hold him, count his little fingers and toes, and take in all of that yummy new baby smell.

Now imagine you’re seven months pregnant, and in full nesting mode, getting every last detail perfect for the arrival of your mini man—a little brother for your older son. Then, the government sends a gang of people to abduct you, and hold you down on a table while that baby you have been dreaming about is forcibly aborted. You scream out begging them to stop, but they keep right on going. Within minutes, your baby is gone, and you will forever feel like a piece of you is missing. Your son will never be a big brother. How can you just pick up the pieces and pretend like it never happened? You can’t!

No, this is not the plot to some Hollywood blockbuster. This is the story of Gong Qifeng, a Chinese woman who was seven months pregnant when she was given an abortion against her will, because she was pregnant with her second child—which violates the country’s strict One Child Policy. The even sadder part is that Gong’s story isn’t that out of the ordinary in her country, and many women who’ve been forced into abortions end up having mental breakdowns (like Gong, who was recently diagnosed with Schizophrenia) or commit suicide.

According to the 2012 Department of State Human Rights Report on China, 590 women are committing suicide a day in the country. Two of the factors cited include “the traditional preference for male children, and birth limitation policies.” The Chinese government is said to be easing up on the Once Child Policy, because they are now allowing people who are only children to have two kids. But that is only if they are granted a permit before getting pregnant—talk about planned parenthood!

If a couple gets pregnant a second time without government permission, it’s considered a crime and the woman could be subjected to a forced late-term abortion if and when the government finds out she’s pregnant. To date, the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has prevented 400 million lives through the One Child Policy. There’s no way of knowing how many of those lives were lost to late-term abortions, and how many women are mentally, physically and emotionally scarred for life from this sick and inhumane policy. What a complete nightmare these women have to endure. My heart is breaking for each and every one of them.

TELL US: What would you do if you lived in a country that had a One Child Policy? 

Image of pregnant woman courtesy of Shutterstock.

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