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What I Will Miss Most About Being Pregnant

Posted by Lara Salahi January 31, 2013 11:57 AM

I wish I had written this while I was still pregnant. The excitement of motherhood has in some ways had an amnesia effect on the last 9-plus months. I cannot believe that I had been pregnant for nearly a year, yet the whole experience seems a blur when I look at my newborn. It’s also eerily true what I've heard many mothers say – you forget the pains of labor and delivery once you see your baby.

By week 41, I was ready to no longer be pregnant. I missed my due date. Our world of family and friends was growing impatient to meet our daughter. Towards the end, my husband had a daily ritual of whispering to the belly, “get outta there.” His patience also wore thin. I, along with a few family members, started having vivid dreams of what she would look like. (I don’t think any of us got it right).

Somewhere between the incessant “did your water break yet” phone calls and discussions with the doctor about a potential induction, I remember lying in bed thinking, slow down. There’s a lot about being pregnant I will miss.

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Welcome Dalia

Posted by Lara Salahi January 22, 2013 07:08 AM

Welcome Dalia!

Born January 17, 2013, 21 inches tall and weighing 7lbs 15 oz.

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Duped by the Due Date Mind Game

Posted by Lara Salahi January 16, 2013 08:01 AM

Due dates are a hoax.

There. I said it.

It’s one of those pregnancy myths I wish were true. And I fell for it.

As a journalist, I innocently believed due date meant deadline. Meant you darn well better have something presentable by said date – even if it arrives kicking and screaming.

Even the dictionary says if you are due, you are proper. You are adequate. You are rightful. You are sufficient.

So why isn’t the little boomba here?

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Flu

Ways Pregnant Women Can Protect Against The Flu

Posted by Lara Salahi January 9, 2013 11:41 AM

Pregnant women fall into the category of people considered the most vulnerable for catching the flu. A weaker immune system puts pregnant women at higher risk for more severe illness as well as birth complications. But experts say there’s no need to panic since there are many ways to protect against the flu.

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Pregnant? There’s an app for that

Posted by Lara Salahi January 8, 2013 08:17 AM

Gone are the days when expectant mothers are expected to stay home and focus 100 percent of their time and energy on their pregnancy.

Today, we’re movers and multi-taskers. Sometimes we hold multiple jobs, take on multiple projects, and care for multiple children, all with soon-to-be baby in tow. Chances are, even at times when we feel like we’re in over our heads, we won’t ask for help when we need it.

This is where our smart phones, laptops, iPads come in handy. They are the keeper of our schedules and can also be a convenient way to keep track of the pregnancy process. Here are some apps designed to help us get through.

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About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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