Topic: Pregnancy & Health

Mastitis And Me

Mastitis And Me

There are a lot of things to worry about when you’re pregnant. Most of those involve how that baby is going to leave your body. I didn’t give a lot of thought to what would be going on with my body after giving birth, because I was too busy trying to master the art of the swaddle. And as far as breastfeeding was concerned, I was going to give it a try but I wasn’t hell bent on making it happen no matter what. Therefore, I prematurely dismissed my breasts as a cause for concern. Then, I got mastitis. And I prayed for death’s sweet release. More »

Anonymous Mom: Not Getting An Abortion Made My Relationship Stronger

Anonymous Mom: Not Getting An Abortion Made My Relationship Stronger

A year ago, I wrote about my boyfriend and his family disagreeing with me about keeping my unborn fetus. My pregnancy being unplanned, they felt as though we were not in a position to be having a second child. It was a very difficult conversation; one filled with insults and personal attacks. Truly, it was emotional torture to go through. A year later, I wanted to write in again to share my story. The story about how this pregnancy saved my relationship. More »

Turning My Breech Baby With External Version Was A Painful Waste Of Time

Turning My Breech Baby With External Version Was A Painful Waste Of Time

Pregnancy is full of warnings that you are about to say goodbye to control. The timing of conception, what and when you can eat, when you can pee, when you are inconveniently horny, your baby’s gender — this is all your body and your unborn child saying, “Oops! Your life just stopped being your own, buddy!” And you often don’t heed them. Even when there are complications in your pregnancy, and you might have to have a C-section, it’s hard to let go of the concept that you can make things go your own way. More »

These Unassisted Birth Message Board Posts Will Make You Never Want An Unassisted Birth

These Unassisted Birth Message Board Posts Will Make You Never Want An Unassisted Birth

Nicole Cliffe over at The Toast has rounded up a selection of stomach-churning posts from an unassisted birth message board, and boy is it a harrowing read. I pride myself on being open to all women, their choices, and different birthing paths, but I just can’t bring myself to get behind unassisted birth for the simple reason of it sounding straight-up unsafe for all involved. More »