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Why I lie about this being my second pregnancy

Why I lie about this being my second pregnancy

“Is this your first pregnancy?” I get asked this question a lot by healthcare staff, colleagues and random strangers who noticed my abnormally swollen belly. “No, it’s my second,” I say. This isn’t accurate, but it’s less awkward than the truth. It’s my fourth pregnancy. […]

10 unexpected benefits of pregnancy

10 unexpected benefits of pregnancy

I’m not going to pretend that I love being pregnant. Nothing induces anxiety in me like the almost total lack of control over the tiny human who is growing in my womb. That being said, there are a few benefits – things that I didn’t […]

Why I’ve been hiding my pregnancy

Why I’ve been hiding my pregnancy

I didn’t announce my pregnancy at work until I was nearly halfway through, looking like this. I’m not going to pretend that people didn’t already know. I’m not a huge woman, so when a growth the size of a beach ball suddenly appeared under my […]

Why women deserve better maternity pay

Why women deserve better maternity pay

There wasn’t a moment during my daughter’s first few months when I thought, “I should really be at work.” Because I WAS working. Taking care of a newborn, especially as a first-time parent, is the most challenging work there is. I treated it like my job […]

The myth of the myth of the painful birth

The myth of the myth of the painful birth

You may have seen the article, ‘The myth of the painful birth – and why it’s not nearly so bad as women believe,’ doing the rounds on social media recently. As someone who has given birth – drug-free, because I’m an idiot – I can […]

To the congressman who doesn’t think that men should have to pay for prenatal care

To the congressman who doesn’t think that men should have to pay for prenatal care

Hey there, John Shimkus. Nice surname, by the way. It’s fun to say. Shimkus. Shimkus. Shimkus. It just kind of gets all stuck behind your teeth, doesn’t it? Anyway, I hear that you don’t support the Affordable Care Act, primarily because it requires all healthcare […]

Why I didn’t do a Beyoncé-style pregnancy announcement

Why I didn’t do a Beyoncé-style pregnancy announcement

So everyone has been going nuts over Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement photo. You know, the one where she’s kneeling amongst a bunch of flowers while wearing silky pants with a piece of green tulle draped over her head. As you do. She looks great, of course. […]

Why is Donald Trump obsessed with controlling vaginas?

Why is Donald Trump obsessed with controlling vaginas?

Image © Gage Skidmore Let’s talk about vaginas. If you have one, I assume you think you should be in charge of what goes into and comes out of it. If you don’t have one, you’d probably agree that it’s not your place to tell someone who […]