I love to write, and when I joined the Columbia Mom team of writers as someone who was trying to get pregnant, I couldn't wait to chronicle my experiences. That is, until I became pregnant. Then things got real. The last post...
My son, Asher, was born on April 10, 2014.  That was the day I became a mom for the second time.  I also, quite unwillingly, joined the club no one wants to belong to. I became a NICU mom. Asher was...
While teen pregnancy rates are declining, teenagers still get pregnant. Just two weeks ago I sat in an OB/GYN office across from a pregnant high school girl. I couldn't help but hurt for her while I thought back to...
Can we all agree that the final weeks of pregnancy are pretty brutal? You have spent the previous eight months prepping for your new child's arrival while going through some insane physical transformations. Maybe you are one of the lucky...
For a lot of people considering adoption, "open adoption" is a scary word. I understand. I've been there. Having both adopted and then given birth to a surprise baby, I have some perspective. I also know the law here,...
Three years ago I had no idea what Down syndrome really was. Had someone asked, the best I could probably say is "Corky" from "Life Goes On" because that is the almost embarrassingly small world I was raised in....
We recently (and quite unexpectedly) found out that we are expecting for the third time. Almost immediately after the positive pregnancy test, I was inundated with first trimester symptoms. Only this time, it was different. The nausea and fatigue were unlike...
When I was pregnant with my son 13 years ago, most people just called their friends and family to let them know they were expecting a baby. Or maybe you announced it on MySpace! Now in the social media...
There are so many milestones we reach during pregnancy. Some good (like that first positive pregnancy test or hearing your baby's heartbeat the first time) and some scary (like holding your breath for those first 12 weeks or awaiting...
Bleeding during pregnancy is always scary. No matter how much or how often or when it occurs. When I was just shy of 14 weeks, I had my first experience with a Subchorionic Hemorrhage (SCH). I woke up around...
As someone who is a fan of push presents and the well-intentioned meaning behind the gesture, I was taken aback by an article claiming push presents are stupid. In fact, I had to read it a few times to...
While I was pregnant with my daughter, I realized I was not like all the other pregnant ladies who came into the office. Because I was over the age of 35 (I was 37 when she was born), I...
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{All photography in this post is courtesy of the talented Emily Ann Photography. She did such a beautiful job of capturing our smiles and our post-baby bodies.} At Columbia SC Moms Blog, we want you all to know that you are...
When I was pregnant with my first son, people asked, "Is it a girl?" When I was pregnant with my second son, they said, "You want a girl, right?" When I was pregnant with my third son, they said, "Oh wow,...
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