Pretending Like This Won’t be So Hard

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Stop Acting Like “Bouncing Back” From Labor is Even Possible from Jezebel.com:

But here in the U.S. of Cray, most of us don’t have the luxury of taking it easy for more than a few days after having a baby. If we do manage to pull off a few weeks or months of actual maternity leave, chances are, it won’t be used for relaxing. It will be used for immediately jumping into caring for your baby with zero help. So unless we can pay someone to hold our hand through it, it’s a race against time to magically become a totally self-sufficient supermom and return to our old selves again, pronto.

Here is the original article that inspired the Jezebel blog post: Why Are America’s Postpartum Practices So Rough on New Mothers? from the Daily Beast.

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“The cost of pregnancy in America is f*cking obscene”

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Bringing a child to term costs more in America than anywhere else on Earth, according to today’s New York Times.

According to a survey conducted by Truven Health Analytics on behalf of the NYT, charges for delivery have about tripled in the U.S. since 1996.

-Continue reading at io9.com

Reading some of the stories in the comments of this article is heartbreaking but then reading the comments of any article about the United States’ current healthcare system is heartbreaking. My own pregnancy came at an inopportune time as I am not currently working full time. Medicaid is the only reason I am receiving any prenatal care at all. It’s scary to think that even if I was gainfully employed with “good” insurance, this pregnancy would still leave me in dire financial straits.

From NPR: Why Morning-After Pill Won’t Stop All Unintended Pregnancies

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Women of all ages will soon be able to buy emergency contraceptives over the counter without a prescription, now that the Obama administration has decided to stop fighting a judge’s order to make the drugs more easily available.

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21 Weeks

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Every week, I get an e-mail update (or read an online update) of the Pipsqueak’s likely progression. Most weeks I find it fascinating to discover that some of the aches, pains, and other adventures I’m experiencing are normal issues that pop up at that time. I am now 21 weeks and here is what Baby Center had to say:

You’re probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You’re not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone.

Noooooo! Hahaha. For the most part I am feeling a lot better than I did. I still have aches in my pelvis when I am lying down but it is not nearly as bad as it was. Nausea is infrequent. My fatigue seems to have come back, although I am still only getting 9-10 hours of sleep a day and not the 13 I was averaging during the first trimester.

BUT. I now have dizzy spells, I get more muscle aches from doing work, and I feel HUGE. A few days ago I realized that my belly would be getting bigger and I nearly panicked. I’m not concerned about how I look but it already feels as if my insides are all squashed up and the Pipsqueak is already finding it fun to plop down on my bladder. The fact that these feelings are going to get worse just make my mind reel.

But then I hear horror stories about other pregnancies and realize I’m still not doing that badly. As I mentioned on Facebook, however, I still look forward to that future when our babies are born in artificial wombs. I would love the kid just as much.

Movie and a Baby: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

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I did not have high expectations for What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It has the sort of ensemble cast that generally guarantees a formulaic script, non-existent directing, mediocre acting, and very few genuine laughs. Wellll…a lot of the movie feels like every other lackluster ensemble comedy from the past 15 years but there are a few moments of genuine insights and really, Joe Manganiello makes anything better.

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What I found most valuable about the movie was the honest (at heart) portrayal of how every journey to parenthood is different. It displayed a pregnancy from a one-night-stand, a celebrity pregnancy, a general crappy pregnancy, a perfect pregnancy, and an adoption. We saw excited parents, reluctant parents, young parents, an older parent, and even a miscarriage. It was real.

In one of the first baby books I read, Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy, mentioned that you seem to see pregnant women everywhere once you become pregnant. It’s just like when you buy a new car and it suddenly seems like everyone has the same car. I swear I see 10 pregnant women a day, and they are all super thin and super glowy. But pregnancy isn’t all roses for everyone (though it is for some) and though this scene close to the climax of the film didn’t make me laugh-out-loud as much as the writers’ may have hoped it would, I did appreciate it’s honesty. Obviously this is a spoiler:

Parenting Tips from Rob Delaney

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Bed Dread

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Every night it’s a battle to go to bed. I knew that sleeping would be uncomfortable late in the pregnancy but I wasn’t prepared for the amount of pain I experience this early (mostly from those softening pelvic muscles that hurt worse when I’m sitting or lying down). I dread going to sleep some nights because I know I will wake up multiple times in the middle of the night and need to turn over. Turning over takes forever because it hurts. Yes, it is painful to go from lying on my left side to lying on my right.

Argh.

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