Shelby Magnani was having some painful stomach cramps and she decided to go to the nearest walk-in clinic in a neighborhood in Ankeny, Iowa. It turned out that Shelby was very much pregnant with twins and had no idea. When the emergency doctors performed an ultrasound they realized that the babies were monoamniotic and they scheduled an emergency C-section. Baby Ava and her twin sister Anna were born small but otherwise healthy and will go home in a couple of weeks.
Remember that moment that you gave birth? Remember that single moment of simultaneous elation and near death coinciding to produce a miracle? I do. I don't think it's something any of us could ever forget; the moment I became a mother. It is the single most profound moment of our lives and one we always want to remember; to preserve not only in our mind's eye, but on hardcopy.
My daughters were born in 2005 and 2007. With my first birth, we took lots of photos and had some great captures but had no idea what we were doing. My poor husband, it was our first birth and I had him snapping photos and shooting video. He was so busy that he missed out on cutting the baby's umbilical cord. That should've never happened. Every parent should get to enjoy and bask in those first few moments of parenthood, without having to multitask.
Tracey Kahn is a gorgeous hard-working single mother who is not afraid of her age or being a mom. At 51 years old, Tracey is pregnant and expecting her second daughter. Thanks to an egg donor and in vitro fertilization, Tracey is growing her family and encouraging women out there to become mothers regardless of their age or relationship status. She became pregnant with donated sperm and is beyond happy with the decision she made because she will raise two beautiful daughters.
Claire Carter from Lancashire, England was allergic to being pregnant. I'm not joking! She suffered from an extremely rare condition called Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) which is a liver disorder few pregnant women develop when their bodies can't function properly with all those pregnancy hormones. The condition is very serious because affects the bile function of the liver which can cause premature and still births.
Child labor could be a pretty nerve-wrecking and painful experience, but imagine giving birth to a baby whose weight equals that of an average 3-month-old? Well that's what happened to one woman from Shanxi, China known only as Mrs. Tian. The 34-year-old mom delivered a HUGE baby earlier this week and left everyone at Chongi Maternity Hospital in complete shock. This baby boy weighed 14 pounds, can you believe that? Ouch--that had to hurt!
Contractions. Honestly, I hear the word and I hold my breath! When I was pregnant with my first child and I had my first "contraction" at two months, I called 911. I'm not kidding! It was early in my pregnancy, my husband was away on business and I didn't know what to do. I was helplessly lost and didn't have any books or guidance about "What to Expect When You're Expecting, so I panicked and dialed. It turned out that I wasn't in labor (obviously) and my belly's muscles were just stretching.
I learned that contractions are normal and they all don't mean that the baby is coming out anytime soon. If you are pregnant or planning to be, read on so you won't drive the emergency phone operator crazy like I did.
I'm a big fan of pregnancy time lapse videos. I find them all kinds of adorable and fascinating. Make no mistake that I have viewed more than my fair share of them, even so I am captivated by the latest one I've watched created by a couple in the fair city I'm lucky enough to call home: San Francisco, California. Ian Padgham and his wife, Claire Pasquier, collaborated and put together a time lapse video chronicling Pasquier's pregnancy that they posted on Vine. Do you get what I'm saying? Since the video was posted on Vine it means that it is only six seconds long. This couple managed to capture an entire pregnancy in just six seconds and it is pretty amazing.
You have to check it out below. I mean what do you have to lose? It's only SIX seconds long !
Ready, set, push! We have all been there at the birthing room, ready to release our baby and feel normal again. At the end of it all you'll have a crazy story to tell and everyone is eager to hear it. I don't know how adventurous your birth experience was, but these stories will make you laugh, cringe and say what? Some are even surreal!
Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese is the latest designer to jump aboard the maternity lingerie bandwagon. Yes, maternity lingerie.
Maternity brands are finally getting hip to the idea that new moms and expectant mamis like lingerie just as much as the next gal, only they often struggle find undies and bras tailor-made to suit their specific needs. But no more! These days, hot mamas can choose from a wide array of mom-friendly thongs, camisoles, sexy nursing bras, and other lingerie staples in sizes and styles that'll hug and caress their lovely lady bumps and humps.Continue Reading >
David and Lillie Davis of West Haven, Connecticut, got the surprise of their life when Lillie gave birth to their baby girl in the toilet. The couple had already been to the hospital and sent home. Davis was home no more than 30 minutes when she began experiencing hard labor. You will not believe how this little one ended up in the TOILET!