Author Archives: The Preconceptionist

About The Preconceptionist

Where personal experience meets clinical and cultural preconceptions about birth and women's health.

Dear WordPress: I’m Moving

Dear WordPress, Thank you for the opportunity to get my feet wet as a birth and women’s health blogger. I’ve appreciated the user-friendly interface and fancy tools included in your free platform. My dream is to be a stay-at-home mom … Continue reading

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Prenatal Screening, Early Sex Prediction, and My First Sonogram

Originally, I decided to pass on the standard first trimester prenatal screenings because I knew they weren’t diagnostic. The nuchal translucency screen and the AFP screen can estimate your risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome or neural tube defects, but if the results come back as higher risk, you have a couple of extremely difficult decisions to make. Continue reading

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Baby No Like Stress

We have a heart beat, and I am fully out to the world as a pregnant woman. In other news, today is the start of my second trimester. My pregnancy books conflict and say the first trimester ends at 12, 13, or 14 weeks. I choose to believe the first trimester ends at 12 weeks. Continue reading

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Preparing to Fall into the Second Trimester

I’m 11 weeks, 3 days, which means two fabulous milestones are just days away: the end of the first trimester, and the day I get to hear my baby’s heart beat for the first time. Monday evening will be my … Continue reading

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What Your Health Care Provider May Not Tell You about the Flu Vaccine

Last week several well-respected, prestigious organizations released a joint statement urging health care providers to advise their pregnant and postpartum patients to take the 2010 seasonal flu vaccine. These organizations employ brilliant researchers, educators, clinicians, and public health experts. Their unified voice is hard to ignore. Continue reading

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Why Don’t I Feel Pregnant Anymore?

Back in the days when my ovaries were aching for a baby, I thought a positive pregnancy test would be a dream come true and life would blossom into a continuous burst of rainbows and unicorns. But you know what? I’m still a big giant worry wart. Continue reading

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Depression Plus Pregnancy Hormones Equals…Happiness?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I struggle with depression. I had the worst flare-up ever one month before I conceived. Thankfully, I landed myself an excellent therapist and a nurse practitioner to help adjust my medication, and I trudged forward, determined to proceed with my conception plans. Continue reading

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