10 Firsts that Help You Believe You Are Indeed Pregnant

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It can be hard to believe you're pregnant, but these pregnancy firsts really leave no doubt or denial!

Every single time I see that positive sign on a pregnancy test, I can't believe I'm pregnant. Mostly because I haven't started feeling pregnant yet. It's also slightly unbelievable that my husband and I are actually capable of creating life and that that new life is now starting to grow inside of me! Yes, I know how it works, but it's still amazing. While I experience several early pregnancy symptoms, it still takes me a while to really feel pregnant, to feel like I'm not just gassy, bloated, and slightly nauseated. Those can happen to anyone, at any time! No, for a long time, despite fully knowing I am pregnant, I still ...

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26 VBAC Success Stories That’ll Empower Your Trial of Labor

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Great list of VBAC success stories! And it's broken down by whether or not they were induced, had an epidural, were home births, were after 40 weeks, and so on! So helpful for pregnant women who want to have a vaginal birth after a C-section!

When you are debating C-Section vs VBAC, chances are you want to know what to expect before, during, and after your VBAC delivery. You want to  know that other people had a successful VBAC without major scary complications. You want to hear positive VBAC success stories to boost your confidence going into your trial of labor after a Cesarean (TOLAC). So, I am delivering these amazing delivery stories to you. And because many of us have various situations and desires for our VBAC delivery, I've included details and categories so that you can read these real success stories, from real women, from those you identify most with, and ...

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8 Ways to Up Your Odds of Having a Successful VBAC Delivery

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Great advice for all pregnant moms who want to have a successful VBAC birth!

Like many women, I never wanted to have a C-Section, but ended up with one anyway with my first pregnancy. I had breech twins so my babies were born through my abdomen instead of my vagina. When I became pregnant again, I knew I wanted to avoid another C-section; I wanted to have a successful VBAC or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Due to this strong desire I went about educating myself about C-section vs VBAC, labor, childbirth, VBAC risks, VBAC success stories, hospital's VBAC policies, and other VBAC facts. When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, education is fundamental. I am now one of the fortunate VBAC success ...

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13 Things You are NOT Guaranteed in Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Know the facts! Not all women will experience these 13 pregnancy symptoms or birth experiences!

One of my biggest fears when thinking about having a baby was all the terrible pregnancy-related symptoms I would have to experience. I was blessed to be the youngest child of nine in our large family and so I got to hear stories of pregnancy and birth from my sister-in-laws from a very young age and one of whom was a nurse, so no details were spared. Sometimes the way they talked about pregnancy and birth, it would make you wonder why anyone would want to have babies!  But, then I saw how much they enjoyed being mothers. When my husband and I were making the decision to have a child, we were both still in college, and so I ...

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My Successful Induced VBAC – Emily’s Birth Story

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Successful VBAC Induced Birth Story

Last week we welcomed our fourth child into the Fagan home via a successful induced VBAC. I hadn't planned on being induced, via the doctor breaking my waters, but neither did I think my daughter would have very low amniotic fluid at her 40 week doctor's appointment. Her birth story is different than my others (read my son's VBAC birth story and my twin daughters' scheduled C-section birth story), but I am grateful that everything went great and my baby and I are healthy and home. We were able to go home on my 27th birthday. The Condensed Successful Induced VBAC Birth Story Monday, July 27, 2015 9:00 am - 40 week 1 day doctor's ...

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8 Ways You Can Help a New Mom

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Hello awesome What's Up Fagans? readers! My name is Chelsea and I blog at Life With My Littles. Talking about pregnancy and babies is one of my favorite things to do, and I am excited to share these ways to help a new mom today to celebrate Katelyn having her baby! Speaking as a mom who has had two babies, it can take a bit to adjust to having a newborn around the house. Not just getting back into a routine, but taking care of a new person, taking care of yourself, and trying to stay on top of chores at home. After both of my babies were born, I had a few people come over and help me more than I think they knew. Even just ...

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What Pregnancy is Really Like and What You Should Expect

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I love her explanation of what being pregnant actually feels like! And knowing what to expect when your expecting and dealing with a pregnancy is so helpful!!

When I first became pregnant, I was married, in love, but also young and unsure. I wondered what I should expect when expecting.  What the heck was this pregnancy going to do to my life? How was I going to handle it? Would I get sick? Would I get gestational diabetes? Would I carry to full-term? Would I be super uncomfortable the whole time? How would my body change? Would I get stretch marks and varicose veins? Would I still be able to attend school full-time while pregnant? Every time I have seen that positive sign on the pregnancy test, there has been fear mixed with joy, especially after I had a miscarriage. Because, one of ...

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Who had it Worst? The Pregnancy Debate I Love to Avoid

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Pregnancy Debate of who had it worst

I am one of those lucky "unicorn" women who have relatively easy pregnancies. I never throw up, ever, during my pregnancies. I'm one of those fortunate women who doesn't have to pee every 15 minutes, who sleep through the night all nine months, who carry their babies like a cute basketball (or mini torpedo) stuck under their shirts, who don't go into preterm labor, who has never been on bed rest (yes, even with my twin pregnancy), who hasn't had gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, or wobbled hopelessly like a duck. My C-section was also planned and I was well prepared for it. My vaginal delivery went off without any ...

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How to Gift Proper Prenatal Care and a Safe Birth

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Help a woman receive the prenatal care they need by donating to Kangu!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Getting proper prenatal medical care when you are pregnant is pretty important. A lot of things can go wrong during a pregnancy that can threaten the life of the baby or the mother, many of which can be prevented with proper monitoring and care throughout your pregnancy. However, in some places in the world, mothers cannot afford, or do not have the means, to get the proper prenatal and postnatal care they need in order to have a safe birth. We need to be aware of those who can't, and ...

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Staying Dry While Exercising – Poise Microliner

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Love Poise Microliners! Takes care of my light blatter leakage issues when exercising. Oh! Oh, and you can get a FREE Sample right now! #ad

Thank you Poise and Linqia for sponsoring today's post and keeping me confident as I run. I laughed at my friend a little bit when she was telling me that while exercising she sometimes had Light Bladder Leakage problems, especially since giving birth. But, then my other girlfriends all chimed in that yeah, after their deliveries they had this issue too! Little did I know at the time that they were right. After my Vaginal Delivery after a Cesarean (VBAC) to a 9.5 lb, sunny-side up, baby boy, I too would have a little issue with this while exercising and after. Thank goodness for Poise Microliners! These shockingly thin and ...

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Breastfeeding hurts!: Uncovering 11 Breastfeeding Myths and Lies

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Here are eleven common lies of breastfeeding and the truth from everyday nursing moms. This is the reality of breastfeeding. whatsufpagans.com

I breastfeed my children. I breastfed my twins for 13 months. Currently I am exclusively breastfeeding my 10 month old son and plan to continue nursing him for several months still to come. And I love it! I think breastfeeding is better than formula (though I am not anti-formula at all. I supplemented my twins with formula), and love the close bond it allows with my children. I also love not having to deal with bottles! I hate bottles (said the women who supplemented twins without a dishwasher)! However, I didn't always love breastfeeding. Breastfeeding hurts! And it's awkward at times. I struggled through the first several ...

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Strong Mom Series – Guest Post

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I am a Strong Mom - I carried twins full-term as a full-time student. I adjusted to life as a SAHM in a new place. I suffered a miscarriage. And then delivered a 9.5lb baby via VBAC almost 2 weeks overdue. I am a Strong Mom. And I bet you are too.

This last Friday I was featured as a guest poster on the blog called "The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom for her new "Strong Mom" series. In the post I talk all about my pregnancies, how I preserved through huge bellies, big babies, and adjusting to a new life as mom. You can read the whole post here.  Here's a sample of what I wrote: My body and my life have forever been changed by my pregnancies, miscarriage, births, and difficulties of newly-wed life.  But, I’ve handled them like a champ.  I’ve stayed strong and preserved through the hard times, and been so richly blessed and rewarded for it.  I now have ...

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