POSTS WITH TAG: the pregnant life

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    It was just last month that Alyssa Milano shared the news that she was pregnant with baby number two. So we can assume she was maybe around two months along, perhaps a little more. But the selfie she recently took of her belly bump (left) could lead some to think she was way into her second trimester. Or that she was carrying twins.

    Twins! How great would that be? I'm a mom of twins, so I think it would be awesome. But Alyssa has put the kibosh on that, swearing there is just one baby in there.

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    Is the fetus growing in your uterus judging you? Don't bother thinking about the answer. I'll just tell you: The answer is yes, and I have proof. Your fetus has been tweeting about every single thing you do wrong. Or someone's fetus is -- the newest fake Twitter handle is @JudgyFetus, and it's exactly what it sounds like. Someone is pretending to be a fetus, judging its pregnant mother for everything she does. Whoa mamas, is your inner critic this harsh? I'll say this much: The development of Judgy Fetus' sense of humor is astoundingly advanced.

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    Once upon a time, people described pregnant women as being in a "delicate condition." Picture a dainty lady with a baby bump, feet propped up on fluffy pillows, just breathing and gestating. Actually, I almost can't picture that at all. In fact, maybe we should call pregnancy being in a "bad-ass condition," because if anything, I'm seeing women do all kinds of amazing physical feats while pregnant. (Also because pregnancy can really make your tailbone ache -- but I digress ...) Here are 15 pregnant women who aren't letting a bun in the oven stop them from doing what keeps them feeling alive and well.

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    Oh boy. Have you heard about the pregnant woman who was forced to sit on a train's floor because no one wanted to give up their seat during the busy London commute?

    Yep. It really happened. Victoria Poskitt is five months along, and while riding in one morning, there were no seats available in the main class, so she opted to plunk down on the floor of the car so she wouldn't have to stand. And understandably, she's upset -- and not just because she wasn't feeling well and figured someone should give up their seat. Apparently this particular train line offers special passes to pregnant women who are more than 20 weeks along, which allow them to sit in the first class car if there are seats available.

    Yes ... there were seats up front on the day Victoria was riding, but she still wound up on the floor. And it's because she only rides the train three days a week. To get the pass, you have to have a weekly, monthly, or annual pass. (There's always a catch.)

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    Mark and Britt Sherman are not only a super adorable couple, they're actually pretty inspirational as well. They've served as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania, and plan to head back to east Africa as soon as possible. They're also prolific bloggers with amazing stories to tell over at Those Crazy Shermans.

    But they've had something else going on in their lives too -- a new baby! After spending years thinking they didn't want kids, they had a change of heart and captured Britt's pregnancy in the best time-lapse "growing belly" video I've ever seen.

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    A new study from the University of Copenhagen has revealed that pregnant moms-to-be who drink up to a bottle of wine a month (a small amount by any stretch) actually have better behaved, more relaxed children than those who abstain throughout. So, bottoms up (on our five sip glasses of wine), right?

    Well, not so fast.

    As a mom who is three weeks away from delivering her third baby, I have heard A LOT of advice when it comes to pregnancy. What it always comes down to for me is that I will take the advice that makes the most sense for the best possible outcome for my baby. In my case, that means no drinking. I can abstain nine months. I'll be OK. Of course, now I may live to regret that.

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    As a pregnant woman, I know my husband deals with a lot of my irrational nonsense. The other day I cried for no reason -- right as he was telling me Costco's vodka brand is similar to Grey Goose. I mean, totally batty, I know. But it's not all our fault -- really! There are certain things that, if your partner is clueless enough to do any of them while you're pregnant, might just lead you to want to take an old-fashioned frying pan to his head. 

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    Ah, pregnancy. A time in a woman's life when she glows, looks sexier than ever, and is showered with constant attention, adoration, and free foot rubs.

    Right. That's how you could describe your first pregnancy and you wouldn't be too far off. But if this is your second pregnancy, you need to prepare yourself because things are going to be a wee bit different. 

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    I am currently headed into the home stretch of my third pregnancy. With just a few weeks left to go, my mind is on folding newborn clothing, getting all my supplies for our planned home birth, and kick counts to make sure the baby is healthy. It's a good time.

    Physically, though, it's also a hard time. I am six years older than the last time I was pregnant, and my body feels that age in every way. I am achy and creaky and cranky and whiny, and my poor husband, supportive as he is, has to hear it all. Poor dude.

    He is a fantastic daddy to our two older children and is every bit as hands on involved as I am when it comes to bedtime, pickups/dropoffs, extracurriculars, and more. But no man, no matter how wonderful, can actually get what it's like to be pregnant. I know he tries, but I have talked to a number of women and compiled a list of things we all WISH our husbands had said to us while we were pregnant. See below:

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    So you gave up your delicious daily cup of coffee when you found out you were pregnant. Good for you! You won't go within eight feet of unpasteurized cheese or shellfish and you're even trying to swear off canned foods. You're doing everything right -- or else you think you are. And then you find out that tea -- even green tea -- which you assumed was not only safe, but beneficial for you and your baby, could actually be far more dangerous than your cup of Joe. Here's what you need to know. 

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