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    When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I think I was most excited for my feeding frenzy. I’d be able to eat whatever I wanted without worrying about getting fat. Or rather, when I did get fat, I’d have a pretty good excuse for it.

    I dreamed of nights filled with mint chocolate chip ice cream, days of chips and dip, dinners of thick juicy steaks and lots and lots of mashed potatoes. I’d start out eating for three, just in case I had twins in there. And once I found out for sure I didn’t, maybe I’d cut down just a wee bit.

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    Bringing home a newborn baby comes with plenty of challenges, but let's be honest -- one of the biggest things moms struggle with is trying to take off pregnancy pounds.

    To put it simply -- losing baby weight is a total bitch and a half. I mean, is there anything worse than finally having your body back after nine months, but not really having it back?

    The journey back to your pre-preggo size has got to be one of the biggest emotional roller coasters a woman can ever go through. And it goes a little somethin' like this.

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    I've really enjoyed being pregnant. Up until month 7. That was when some really freaky and sometimes downright hellish things have begun happening to my body that are making me wish I could give birth tomorrow. When I became pregnant, I was well aware of what would take place during the first trimester -- morning sickness, fatigue, yada yada. And I knew the second trimester was going to be that glorious time when I resembled a goddess and could still run a marathon without breaking a sweat. But no one really told me about the third trimester. Back aches don't even begin to cover it. Here are 9 things that can happen any time between your seventh and ninth month -- don't say I didn't warn you. 

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    How much weight should you gain for your pregnancy? The answer is: None of anyone else's damn business. Er, I mean, it's between you and your doctor. Fat-shaming pregnant women is relentless as ever and creating human life is not a good enough excuse for putting on a few pounds. There's a whole world out there ready to tell expecting moms to stop pigging out. Well, wait until you hear what Ellen DeGeneres told Drew Barrymore about pregnancy weight gain. It'll make you drop your cheese doodles.

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    So-called "comedian" Jay Mohr has been under fire for ridiculously ripping Alyssa Milano whom he met at a NASCAR racing event. Mohr reportedly said about the 41-year-old mother of 2-year-old son Milo, "She’s very tiny. In height. It seems like she had a baby and said, 'I don’t really give a shit.' ... I read it on her gut. ... Somebody sat in the director's chair was not wearing Spanx, and I was like 'Jesus Christ!'" And the world collectively groaned/rolled their eyes.

    But after Alyssa herself shot back at Mohr in the classiest possible way, he was initially dead silent. Then yesterday, he tweeted a response to both Perez Hilton and Alyssa, followed by a pretty jaw-dropping blog post ...

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    Get. Outta. Town. It wasn't any big secret that she put on a decent amount of weight during her pregnancy -- but after hearing Beyonce admit how much she weighed before giving birth to Blue Ivy, two things happened.

    First, my jaw dropped to the floor -- because she's a celeb and we all know celebs weigh, like, 120 pounds (if that much) during their last trimester. And second, I gained some new found respect for her for putting the number out there and making the rest of us feel a lot more normal.

    Ready to hear what the scale said?

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    What is it about a woman's pregnant body that makes some people want to run for the hills when you're around and others spew every nonsensical thing they can possibly utter about bumps and bellies while in your presence?

    Actress Olivia Wilde said it best on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this week. She joked that some people go as far as asking her if she wants to ride on a roller coaster or drink whiskey when the fact that she is pregnant is plain as day. I consider these folks the best of the bunch. They've chosen to lie remain silent about her expanding body rather than draw attention to it and risk humiliating themselves and hurting her feelings if, let's say, she's just bloated at the moment and not really pregnant. 

    But far too many people still consider it their duty to comment on your tummy when you're expecting. And there's just no need.

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    There is rarely a day that goes by when we aren't bombarded with images of celebrities, models, or even fitness bloggers who gave birth three seconds ago and have already dropped all the weight and wiped out all evidence of stretch marks. Look, some women have secret tummy tucks and others are purely and truly genetically predispositioned to lose the weight quickly -- I don't feel there's anything wrong with their enviable selfies.

    But lest we forget that a great many women -- most, I'm going to say -- aren't going to have washboard abs one month postpartum, this amazing and brave blogger and mom of three is here to remind us that we shouldn't be ashamed of our real postpartum bodies. And she's willing to prove it by sharing photos of her own body 11 months after giving birth to twins. 

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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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    Did you know that one in four women in the U.S. are obese when they get pregnant? A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 23.4 percent of moms-to-be in the country have a BMI of at least 30 when conception occurs.

    Doctors and other scientist-y people are quick to warn us about the health risks associated with an obese pregnancy. Mom’s more likely to develop gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, or need a C-section, and baby’s risk for premature delivery or even stillbirth goes up.

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