Pep Talk

9 Months of Random Thoughts (and Random Googling)

Month One: OMG. It’s positive. Wait, is it really positive? It’s kinda faint. I should go buy, like, ten more and take them. Ok. It’s positive. Times eleven. Wait till I tell my husband. Well,...

Giving Up Control During Pregnancy

Real talk: I’m a control freak. And I don’t mean that in a cute, perfectionist kind of way. I mean it in an ugly-crying-while-desperately-clutching-my-planner kind of way. Despite desperately wanting to live a Zen lifestyle, I...

Is Your Pregnancy App Making You Paranoid?

Pregnant, at last! And so it began. A dialogue between me and my baby. Sorry, I mean me and my baby app. My baby app and I. Bapp, for short. You’re probably worrying you’re starting...

It’s Possible to Hate Pregnancy, but Love Motherhood

I was one of those people who absolutely could not wait to be pregnant. I fantasized about what I would look like with a big ole’ baby bump and glowing skin. I touched my...

You Don’t Have to Have a Great Mom to Be One

The biggest fear I have had as a motherless mom was when I realized I had no idea how to be a mom.  I do not have very many memories of having a mother...

The Baby I Didn’t Know I Needed

It was the day of my grandfather’s funeral, my period was late and a piece of me knew I had to take a pregnancy test. I was terrified. We already had two kids and...

Reassuring Words About Giving Birth in a Crisis.

Courtesy of Alice Sibley I asked readers who had given birth in a less than ideal situation if they had any advice for someone facing the same challenge. Giving Birth in a Crisis Here are some great words...

The Grief and the Grace of a Pandemic Pregnancy

When the Coronavirus alarm bells first started sounding, it felt like the universe was playing a cruel joke on me. I had relied on the thought of spring to carry me through hyperemesis gravidarum, the...

Symptoms and Ailments