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44 and Pregnant?

September 19, 2014

44 and pregnantI had fun writing this piece, 44 and Pregnant?, my first for the Huffington Post. It’s already caused a flurry of questions and comments on my personal Facebook page.

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Here’s an excerpt:

I’m late. Not just a little late, but over two weeks late, pushing three. For someone who has always been clockwork regular, I’m really late. I feel a little like I’m in that waiting zone between buying a lottery ticket and the drawing date. You know you’re going to lose, but you spend three days dreaming and planning. With my husband having had a vasectomy six years ago, I know I can’t be pregnant. I can’t, right? Right? But I find myself talking about it, imagining, and thinking, “What if?”

What if I am? My first feelings are filled with the nostalgia of being pregnant and a new mom. I think of the family videos that we love to watch with our two teenagers and our 10-year-old. I long for those pudgy cheeks to kiss, for those adorable little voices learning new words, for those cuddly small bodies. I loved my pregnancies. As a doula, I have a trust and passion for birth, and I savored my nursing days snuggled in with a baby. When I think I might be 44 and pregnant, my immediate gut reaction is happy and gleeful, excited for a possible accident.

Then reality starts to ease into my memories.

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First Signs of Pregnancy

August 8, 2013

signs of pregnancy, first signs of pregnancy, early pregnancy signs, am I pregnany?, morning sickness, nausea and pregnancy, what helps morning sickness, cures for morning sicknessThank you to Erin McCormick for this guest post on the first signs of pregnancy.

It came on like rolling up a tube of toothpaste. I was standing in my shower when a wave of energy started in my feet and came all the way up my body. Swirling around in my stomach, I felt the nausea come on suddenly, as it moved through the rest of my body. I could feel it from my toes to my fingers with such intensity that I had a migraine in minutes. I had never had a migraine before and wasn’t sure if it was the cause of the nausea or the other way around.

This was the first sign that let me know I was pregnant.

One friend of mine described waking up thinking, “Oh crap, I’m sick.” She said she was extremely lethargic with no energy. Her breasts started swelling almost immediately. For her, early pregnancy tests were still coming up negative. Another friend said that she started noticing a sensitivity to food and smells, but didn’t have many of the other symptoms.