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diastasis recti

Diastasis Recti and the 3 Things I Had to {Re-learn}

I feel like I’ve been in “recovery” from my first pregnancy for three years. Pregnancy can definitely take a toll on a woman’s body. I knew it would be important to take it easy after delivering my sweeet baby boy, but I also wanted to show I could “bounce back” and get back into shape […]

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hyperemesis gravidarum

{Surviving} Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy

Apparently my mom told me stories of her “difficult” pregnancies before I was expecting my first, but I don’t remember that at all. Mom was really sick, and lost a lot of weight, and couldn’t keep working. I have a new appreciation for her pain now that I have (barely) survived hyperemesis gravidarum during all three […]

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“A Mother’s Life is at Risk” Pregnancy: MY PPROM Story

As my husband and I watched our baby moving on the sonogram screen before us, hearing the familiar fluttering that filled the darkened room, we found it nearly impossible to digest what the specialist had just told us. “I advise that you terminate this pregnancy.”  This is my PPROM story and what every woman of child-bearing years needs to […]

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how we became foster parents

Joy and Loss: How We Became Foster Parents

First, we got a license to be a foster care home, and then we “opened” to receive calls for potential placement. We opened at midnight on a Monday. I turned on my phone ringer Sunday night, just in case. I had the feeling of anticipation identical to the days before my biological babies were born, when I was […]

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Understanding Stillbirth

Understanding Stillbirth

Last summer, when I became pregnant we were thrilled.  Like most women, I was a bit nervous through the first trimester.  I held my breath and felt the huge sigh of relief that comes with the start of the second trimester. Unfortunately, that relief was short lived.  At 17 weeks, we found ourselves sitting in a perinatologist’s office.  […]

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