Tag Archives: 1st Trimester

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 stomach tenderly and told myself one day. Then, that one day came. I saw two bright pink lines – a very positive pregnancy test to match my very positive outlook on how wonderful it would be to grow a human. Within a week, it all came crashing down when I regurgitated my morning cup […]

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Is My Toilet Seat Turning Blue Because I’m Pregnant?

Picture this. You stumble into the bathroom in the middle of the night to empty your bladder for the seventy sixth time. Just as you go to switch off the light, you notice that something is off about your toilet seat, but you decide your tired eyes are playing tricks on you and head back to bed. The next morning, as you’re about to sit down on the throne AGAIN, you realize that you hadn’t been imagining things the night before. Your formerly snow-white toilet seat is […]

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Being Pregnant in Germany: Anatomy and Pregnancy Terms auf Deutsch

As a pregnant woman living in a first world country, I’ve had many visits to the doctor thus far. Every four weeks, to be exact. I’ve been poked and prodded much like I would be in the U.S. except not only are all these prods, tests, and ultrasounds covered by public health insurance (to which I happily contribute from my paycheck), but much like most interactions in Germany, the pregnancy terms have mostly been auf Deutsch, or in German. This has given me the opportunity to learn some new German vocabulary […]

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Is Bakuchiol a Pregnancy-Safe Alternative to Retinol?

I can appreciate the despair so many pregnant women feel when they have to say goodbye to retinol. In case you aren’t familiar, retinol is a form of vitamin A that is touted by many as a skin cream miracle ingredient but most experts suggest staying away from it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The good news, though, is that some skincare companies have claimed to have discovered a safe alternative with results similar to that of retinol, and that ingredient is (drumroll please…) bakuchiol. What in the […]

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7 Most Outrageous Pieces of Advice Pregnant Women Get

The moment you rock a baby bump you suddenly become public property. Complete strangers think they have the right to come up to you in the supermarket and just put their hands on your belly without even saying ‘Hello’. Surely that would be cause for arrest at any other time? It seems personal space no longer applies to moms-to-be. But worse than that is the fact that every single person you meet has a nugget of advice to give you. More often than not it’s false news – […]

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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 to look fat, said Bapp, one day, when I was about 18 weeks along. “I’m sorry?” You are, but that’s okay. “I know it’s okay,” I retorted, “I’m pregnant.” Uh, thanks for that. It soon became clear early that Bapp was a nervous pregnancy companion; determined to see the negative in every stage […]

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Preparing for a Second Baby

Preparing to bring a second baby home can be just as daunting as it was the first time around, but for totally different reasons. The moms who follow Pregnant Chicken are beautiful princess angels full of amazing tips and the most important reminder of all: You’ve totally got this. Tips for Preparing Your Older Kids For a New Baby Many of the pieces of advice moms had to share about preparing older kids were geared more towards toddler-aged siblings. For example: Bring out baby gear like a […]

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