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Thursday, May 19th, 2011
2:41 pm
a project on miscarriages (xposted)
Hi, I'm new to the community. This might seem a bit unorthodox but I am a photographer who is currently creating a body of photographs on the topic of miscarriages as a way to educate people on their prevalence and the types of experiences that women have because of them (though I am also interested in hearing from partners too).

If you are interested in reading a bit more about the project, please read the rest of the post after the LJ cut. Thank you. :)

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
2:18 pm
Fear of Childbirth Survey
Hi ladies,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) are currently conducting a study on FEAR OF CHILDBIRTH.

We are looking for pregnant women to complete a short questionnaire about their preferences, thoughts, fears, and anxieties about childbirth.

For more information or to take the quick 15-min online survey click here:

For more information on research at the Mother-Infant Wellness Lab:

Thank you very much for your participation!

** I apologize for any cross-posts... we are trying to reach as many women as possible! Thanks! **
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
6:12 pm
New Pregnancy/Childbirth Site (x-posted several places)
Passing this along here - for expectant and new moms, and those who provide services for them.

Hello! We visited your website and saw that you offered Pregnancy Massage
services. As such, we would love to invite you to add your business to our
new Womb to Bloom directory, which has been designed for new and expectant

We're a husband and wife team and the feedback on our site has been
wonderful thus far. We're simply contacting massage therapists who offer
prenatal massage and inviting those who are certified or licensed so that
we can create a comprehensive Maternity & Baby services directory.
There are no fees associated with our directory and there are no hidden
gotchas or anything like that. :)

If you have a few moments you can view http://www.wombtobloom.com/vendors
to register or to read more details. I'm sure you'll find our program to be
quite rewarding and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to
email me direct.

Thank you and I hope to welcome you to our directory!

Greg Zellers

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
1:50 pm
Expecting Models
Wow - there is a modeling agency that employs expectant women!

I'm watching a cable show on Discovery Health about it right now.

Friday, October 31st, 2008
1:45 pm
Pregnant Mother Casting

Sunday, May 25th, 2008
3:38 pm
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Free email that charts your Pregnancy Week by Week through the American Pregnancy Association:


I just joined as a partner member for my pregnancy massage practice - http://www.MasterpieceMassage.com
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
10:56 am
First time post.....
I'm about 6 weeks, and I already feel like crap!  The worst of my problems (right now!!) are the constant nausea, inability to sleep, and terrible back and hip pain in the AM.  Crackers don't really help the nausea, and this is no time to be lax on the eating.  Anyone have any tips for nausea for me?

I've been pregnant before, but I miscarried at about 6 weeks.  I'm nervous now because in my mind, it's a strong possibility that it will happen again.  I really want to have this baby.  I'm scared that something bad will happen though, and I don't know why.  Has anybody else ever felt like this?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.  :)   

Current Mood: uncomfortable
Sunday, February 11th, 2007
9:34 pm
I should stipulate that im already in a cranky mood because as usual my comcast service has screwed up something I've taped on my DVR and I may have sprained my ankle. BUT.... I return to my computer to find a series of im messages from a friend of mine that really pissed me off and I'm wondering if I'm overreacting in my reaction.

Essentially he imed me to inform me that a band he really likes (that i've never heard of and probably wouldn't like anyhow) will be in minneapolis on march 30th and I should go since it will be after the baby is born. Who for the record is due on march 7th. And I found this notion of me galavanting around town attending concerts after my baby is 2.5 weeks old to be extremely ludicrious and very irritating. Are people without kids really this naive to think that you pop the baby out and go about your daily buisness like nothing ever happened? That you just hire a 17 year old babysitter to take care of your 2.5 week old while you attend some concert? Is this the kind of support and ridiculous suggestions i'm to expect from my friends or is he a lone weirdo for saying that?

After I somewhat huffed at him and explained to him that was an impossible suggestion he retaliated with the fact that his biology professor had a baby and was back teaching 2 days later. Other than finding that difficult to believe I felt like by saying that he was somehow insulting me. As if the fact that I don;t see that as something I could/would conceivably do made me weak or something.

Am I alone if feeling very irritated by this exchange?
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
2:06 pm
Day Care
I was wondering if anyone has any advice about looking for day cares in the US and when you shoudl start investigating. I assume since my baby is due in 6 weeks, I should get on top of that. We're hoping not put little thumpy into day care until July at the earliest but from all the research i've done day care is very very expensive so we should probably at least already be extensivily saving. 

Also does anyone have any advice about paying for day care? I've looked at the federal tax credits that might be available to my husband and I but i'm wondering if there's anything else anyone has discovered!

Friday, January 12th, 2007
12:05 pm
Rather Long!

(Just a note: we call the baby thumper because of the thump thump of his heart from all of the doctor's visits)

There's an array of reasons why im freaking out and i'm worried that this entry will far surpass the length of all my others. I really want to go home because I've worked myself up to a tizzy and its so quiet in the office because both of my bosses aren't here. But alas I still have 4 hours left.  

I discovered today that labor and delivery is going to cost infinitely more than I had expected. Tim and I the very clever people we are have not remotely prepared for these costs and quite honestly I have no idea how we're going to manage. I also do not qualify for FMLA because I haven't been in my position for over a year, and from my understanding of the Short Term Disability policy--it's quite crappy. The lady in HR is going to look into it more for me but it looks like of the 3 months I was planning on taking off (which I might not be able to at this point) only 4 or 6 weeks of it would be covered at 50%. Which means for the remaning amount of time we'll have no income coming in. And to top it off it looks like my health insurance won't be covered either so I'll have to magically not be getting paid and paying ridiculously premiums since I cover myself, Tim and thump. It's going to be ridiculously tough!

And thats not including the fact that I discovered how much labor is going to cost. I had to call Medica to ask them if they pay for my childbirth classes (no--thats another $150 out of my pocket) and since I had them on the line I asked for labor coverage. I have to pay a $500 deductible and then 20% of the remaining balance BOTH on my care and thumps care. So thats $1000 up front, plus the remaning balances. I asked Jeanette how much her labor cost (she gave birth at the same hospital about 6 mths ago) and she said $15,000! That means that my 20% is going to be a whole lot of money I don't remotely have. And the money that's left over from the wedding still has to buy an array of things we don't have for the baby yet because no one has mentioned having a shower so it looks like the one over thanksgiving was it. I don't know how we're remotely going to pay for all this--I'm not even thinking about daycare and the expense of diapers and other misc things yet.

And to top it off, we really need to get a new car--I know its unrealistic considering but I really don't want to put this on the back burner. Tim pays a ludicrious amount a month in gas (something like $250) and his car really isn't safe for a baby anyways (rolls easily) but I can't imagine adding a car payment to our already over extended budget. And cause we graduated we're going to have to start paying our loans soon! And I have no idea when or how much because they manage to make finanical aid the most difficult process in the entire universe especially cause you're spread across multiple different vendors! HUFF.

As if I wasn't already freaked out--I spent a large portion of last night sobbing uncontrollably as has become my new forte and that was before I knew any of this. I thought it would be nice to turn on thumps lullabys and sit in my glider in his room and read my pregnancy books. What that turned out to be was me reading all about labor, well up until the point where I freaked out to a near panic attack and couldn't read anymore. As much as the idea of a natural childbirth does not appeal to me as I have no pain tolerance neither does being strapped to multiple different tubes and having a giant epidural needle stuck in my back. It was WAY to graphic in the what to expect when you're expecting and I really did not need to know every detail and i hate needles and really freaked out about all this. Usually you don't expect pain. As in you don't know you're going to do something and its really going to hurt, but here its a slow and steady progression towards an inevitable pain and there's absolutely no way around it. You have to go through it. It's a forced pain. I just can't wrap my head around that as everyday passes I get closer and closer to what I can't even imagine. I mean--i'm going to freak out extensivily. I just can't... I can't even write about it. The fear of this unknown immense pain. How do you reconcile such notions in your head?

However, my immense amount of crying or causing an earthquake as I imagine it feels to thumper had little to nothing to do about the pain but more so entirely to do with the fact that Tim was at work, as usual, and couldn't calm me down. And how I'm always alone. I see my husband of a whopping two weeks for maybe 6 hours a week. As I'm nearing the end of the pregnancy I cannot continue doing all of this alone. I've already done it by myself for 7 months without any help and now I just can't. I hate coming home to an empty house, idly filling the time and falling asleep by myself. There's this ridiculous empty void in the bed that can only be compared to how it feels after a break up and you're back to sleeping by yourself. That utter emptiness around you. I don't think a newlywed shoudl find any comparison to a break up before the ink has even dried on the marriage certificate. I just hate being so lonely all the time, having to do everything by myself gets increasingly difficult day after day and I'm so terrified that thump will be born and thats what it will be like. Just me and him by ourselves all the time with no one to help us. I don't think I can do it. I mean i can but it will be at the consequence of ridiculous emotional stress. Its just so hard being away from him all of the time. Its like having a long distance relationship when you live in teh same apartment.

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
12:25 pm
New To Community
I'm hoping people start posting more often in this community because I'm full of questions!

Let me introduce myself. I'm 32 weeks pregnant and having a baby boy due on March 7th though I'm thinking he might come early! This is my first pregnancy and it was a very unexpected one! None of my friends are remotely near the stage of pregnancy none of them are even married so I'm kind of on my own here. My parents live in Chicago (where I'm from) but my husband and I are in Minnesota so I don't really have the ability to run to my mom with every problem! So I'm hoping this community can become a support system. 

The questions I'm plagued with right now are:

Breastfeeding: I've decided that its probably about time I got all the equipment can people please recommend breast pumps they liked and those they specifically didn't. Where did you get all of your things; nursing pads, bras, shirts, pumps, whatever else I need? 

Good books regarding labor and delivery? I'm very nervous about it as its approaching so soon and I don't feel remotely prepared! I've got "What to Expect when You're Expecting" but I'm looking for something less clinical and more of a variety of personal experiences and suggestions. 

Thank you!
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
9:34 pm
Hi, I am new here and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Robin and I am 36. I am expecting my first child (a boy) at the end of August.

Lately I have been having some inner thigh soreness/stiffness and difficulty moving easily from a sitting to a standing/walking position. Has anyone else had this problem at 7 months?

Friday, May 26th, 2006
11:10 pm
Hello! I joined this community a few weeks back. I just wanted to let everyone know that I had my son! On may 12, i had a c-section and gave birth to a little boy, 9 pounds and 1 ounce. His name is Jaison Luis... hes 2 weeks old today and its been quite hectic getting used tot his new little life. he is so precious and i love him so much!!! i never thought that i could feel love so pure. hes doing very well and i am healing slowly from my c-section. i do not think i have a full case of post pardum depression but i have been feeling very very weepy and sad and everynight like clockwork between 8 and 9 p.m., i cry for no reason. i dont quite understand this post pardum phenomenon... anyone have any advice?

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
12:10 pm
Hello. I am from Ukraine. Now I am at the beginning of this nice and difficult period. So I have a lot of questions.
Could you be so kind and inform me if it is no harm for my future child if I dye my hair?
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
6:26 pm
Hello! i am new to this community. i have been searching for a community to join about pregnancy for a while and came across this one. My name is jennifer. i am 37 weeks pregnant, due May 24, and am considered high risk due to the fact that i have type 2 diabetes.i have had it for almost 6 years now. my doctors have changed my due date from May 10 to MAy 24 and back again throughout my entire pregnancy and its been getting pretty annoying because there is a good chance if this baby is big then im going to need to have a csection and i do not want that. does anyone know what the rules for inducing labor are? can you leect to be induced or are the moms not considered knowledgable enough to make a decision like that?

also,i have been looking for someone to give me advice on how to make myself more comfortable in these last weeks. i am absolutely miserable both physically and mentally. i find myself getting impatient with things that would never have made me impatient before. i feel like screaming sometimes for no reason. im figuring im just emotional but its taking a toll on my mental state. if anyone could offer any friendly advice i would appreciate it. i have been getting biweekly ultrasounds since i was 12 weeks because i had a piece of my cervix removed a few years back. and tomorrow i am supposed to have another ultrasound to check the baby's weight. and then thursday i have a non-stress test. lots and lots of doctor appointments all the time. but im glad for that. id rather have an appt 3 times a week than none at all. anyway. if anyone has any advice for me it would be great. im glad i found this community and i hope to have an update or some news tomorrow

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
10:07 am
Ultrasound Update
Sorry, I'm not one of those people to post about every little step I take in this pregnancy...but I DID want to post about my 20 week ultrasound that I had on Monday.

I'm a Type 2 diabetic on insulin, but according to the radiologist the baby is looking GREAT. Everything measuring right on time, the heart is looking good, he seemed very positive about what he saw.

We also found that it's a GIRL! Her name will be Abrianna Renee, and the due date is still Aug. 28th.


x-posted to august_2006 and pregnant
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
2:06 pm
may baby coming home this week born 30w4d
they wanted to knock me out - but INSISTED on a spinal and got it. twenty-two minutes later my son - braeden was born at 4:42 and his apgars were 9,9. he weighted 4lb 5.5oz.

he went to the other hospital where i have been visiting him - where he is completely being fed (boobie juice) on nipples all day long, never needed any oxygen and is coming home wednesday.

one thing they don't tell you about preemies is where a full term can lose up to 10% - preemies can loose 25% - and braeden went down to 3lb 7oz.

he's a bit over five pounds now - and is coming home but i never anticipated an early birth - my first son was full-term - so having his tiny baby is different but not so different. i'm looking forward to changing him on my bed - not in his little crib at the hospital.

in the one pics he has a nose tube in (warning) just because they make sure he's digesting all the food we give him!!

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for now i'm not getting pregnant - anytime soon - the early delivery and braeden coming so soon - i'm grateful for having him home next week and i thought i'd be pregnant for early spring (at least) - here's my ebay list -


it includes cute spring belly basics, pea in a pod, gap, childish (mark hoppus' wive's brand), - really cute trendy stuff - but i'm not gonna need it any time soon.
Monday, March 13th, 2006
8:46 am
Doctor's Mistakes
Ok...I know everyone makes mistakes, including doctors.

But I'm nervous enough through this pregnancy...it really upsets me to have to call in and follow-up after my doctor. Now, when I had my last appointment, she went into this detailed description with me of this ultrasound I'd have to get at the Prenatal Assessment Center because my pregnancy is high-risk. They can do more detailed ultrasounds there.

So, my appointment was on Thursday, and I found it kind of odd that now, on Monday morning I hadn't heard from the nurse that was supposed to call me about my appointment so I called this morning.

The nurse is saying there are no notes or anything in my file regarding this...and she has no idea what I'm talking about.

Should I be upset? Or should I just chalk it up as an error? I've liked this doctor so far...but I'm just saying...they dropped the ball waaaaay too many times last pregnancy and I don't really have the patience for that this time.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
4:57 pm
Thank you all for thinking of me these past couple of days. I went to the doctor today and had an ultrasound.

The ultrasound showed:

My baby's heartbeat is just fine at 167 beats per minute.

Growth and development is in line with how far along I am.

I saw him/her tumbling around in there just fine!

I spoke with the doctor (not my doctor, as she was away on an emergency) and he said that I should be completely optimistic that the bleeding is not directly related to the health of my baby and that it should pass. The placenta is lying low, but they were not yet able to tell if that is the cause of my bleeding. I have to see the doctor again in 2 weeks.

I feel much better and am returning to work tomorrow without the worry and stress. Thank you so much.

*x-posted to pregnant and pregnantwomen*

Current Mood: optimistic
10:06 am
What's going on with me?
I've been posting to pregnant because sadly our little group is not so active anymore. I thought I would just post about my situation lately.

I am currently 13.5 weeks, although I will find out today if I am still pregnant. Since Sunday night I have been bleeding, ranging from dark brown old blood, to dark red, to scant pink. (I don't think it's ever really been bright red).

I haven't had any pain yet. Today I thought there was lower abdominal pressure a bit.

I have had an ultrasound where I saw the heartbeat and I heard the heartbeat with a doppler at an exam.

This morning, there is again dark red blood, and a small clot this morning as well.

What seems to happen is, the bleeding will die down throughout the day then build up at night while I'm sleeping, so when I wake up in the morning there it is.

I am going to the doctor today for an ultrasound and doctor appointment. I realize I have to be prepared for the worst, but I'm holding out hope that my bun is still in there alive and healthy.

Just asking for good thoughts from all of you.
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