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My Water Broke At 7 Months, So I Had To Quarantine Alone In The Hospital

Courtesy of Jennifer Indig On the evening of the fourth of July, we gathered around the dining room table for a delicious feast of steaks, corn on the cob and pasta with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. Close friends of ours from Brooklyn we hadn’t seen since the beginning of the pandemic were visiting us in Connecticut where we rented a house for the summer. My eight and almost six-year-old daughters were looking forward to staying up past sunset to light fireworks and sparklers. Seven months pregnant, I […]

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What We (Currently) Know About Pregnancy Risks And COVID-19

Pierre Ogeron/Getty We have three children, and with each pregnancy, life was pretty similar. My wife, Mel, ordered the same prenatal vitamins, and she spent time with her sister and mother, chatting about how things were going. She went to work until a week or so before the pregnancy. She went on walks, and went to the store. She interacted with people. We went to prenatal appointments together. We had well-attended baby showers. And then, after the delivery, a steady and supportive stream of friends and family […]

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This Is Not How I Pictured My First Year With My Last Baby

Katie Cloyd/Instagram Having a baby during the COVID-19 pandemic has been really emotional and weird for me. I had my last baby in early January. When I first laid eyes on her, I knew she was the last piece of our family puzzle. We were complete. I was totally sure that 2020 was going to be the best year of our lives as we got to know our last teammate. We spent the first couple months mostly at home. I was recovering from my third c-section, it […]

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The New Moms Of Twitter Are Calling Out Folks Who Won’t Wear A Mask

amil/Twitter and DjelicS/Getty I gave birth during a scheduled C-section to my twin daughters in the middle of summer five years ago. I waddled my 36-week belly into labor and delivery at 6am on July 13th, 2015, eager to see the babies who’d kicked me and evaded all ultrasound wands for the entirety of my pregnancy. Would they look like their 3D ultrasound photos? I was skeptical. I could not imagine giving birth this year, in the throes of COVID-19, with the possibility of my partner not […]

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COVID-19 Left Me To Deliver My Twins Alone

Scary Mommy and Kemal Yildirim/Getty I’m a planner. I like to be efficient and over organized. It’s a defense mechanism to deter debilitating anxiety. But, see, there are just something things you can’t plan for. Like a global pandemic that changes your whole birthing plan. The whole country just shut down over night and our lives haven’t been the same ever since. We knew we needed to come up with different plans, and backup plans, and backup-backup plans. With this being our second set of twins, I […]

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From The Confessional: Pregnancy In The Time Of COVID-19

Image credit: LSOphoto / Getty Being pregnant can be a scary experience for many women, even when we aren’t experiencing a worldwide pandemic. But now? It can be downright terrifying. Other women, however, are feeling the baby fever, as all this quarantined family time has them thinking they might be ready for another pair of tiny feet pitter-pattering around the house. And some pregnant people are neither really freaked out nor super excited, but are merely enjoying the excuse to lounge around in comfy clothes as their […]

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I Gave Up Birthing At A Hospital So I Wouldn’t Have To Be Alone

Courtesy of Lo Photo Birthing alone was a fear I never knew I had. Flashbacks of my moments spent in the abortion clinic came to me with full force. Scared and alone in one of my most vulnerable moments. No one allowed to hold my hand or to comfort me during the procedure. Hot tears streaming down my face. Those hot tears returned in the second half of March 2020. Eight months pregnant and a pandemic filling our lives. Visitors were being removed one by one. No […]

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Halted Access To Infertility Treatments

Scary Mommy and Visual Generation/Getty If you asked me right now if I wanted more kids, I would have a good laugh — and then probably start to cry, because I am on the brink of losing my damn mind being cooped up in the house with the three kids I already have. But if you had asked me this question 12 years ago, my heart would have burst with longing. My ex-partner and I were a two-uterus couple, unable to conceive a baby without fertility help. […]

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1 in 7 Pregnant Women in NYC Are Testing Positive for COVID-19

Johner Images/Getty According to a new study conducted by doctors from two hospitals in New York City (Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian) about 1 in 7 pregnant women admitted to maternity wards in Northern Manhattan in March and April tested positive for COVID-19. That statistic is scary. Terrifying even. 1 in 7 seems like a lot of pregnant women getting sick. So yes, it’s a substantial percentage. Yes, everyone (like ev. er. y. one—not just pregnant women, and not just NYC residents) needs to continue taking […]

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Social Isolation Exacerbates PPD For Some Moms

Scary Mommy and Tatyana Antusenok/Getty I’ve been in my home with my new baby for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last time I left the house for anything other than groceries was for my daughter’s two-month wellness check. I had all three kids in tow, and when we got home, my husband called to let me know that he was becoming concerned about COVID-19. He thought it would be best if we started our own voluntary isolation, and I agreed. Within days, the whole […]

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