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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
5:43 pm
[starryeyedart]
Have you experienced a miscarriage?
I'm a graduate photography student at the University of North Texas and I'm doing a project on women who have experienced miscarriages. I know this is a touchy topic for many women but I was hoping this community would be open for me exploring it via an art project/research project that I'm currently doing in order to document the effects of miscarriages on women and families as well as raise awareness (since most people do not like to talk about them).

If you or someone you know has experienced one and is willing to talk about it, I would really love to talk to you (See project details below!).


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Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
1:26 pm
[kilted_wondress]
My beautiful boy
Are you or have you ever been pregnant?
On June 11th 2001 I delivered my beautiful baby boy, Findlay Stephen William. He weighed 7lb 11oz.

Did you consider abortion? Why? or why not?
Not in this pregnancy. Findlay was planned and very much wanted by both his Daddy and I

Did you make the right decision? Why? or Why not?
I was more than happy to be pregnant - ecstatic, overjoyed, thrilled, all of these, yet none quite hits how I felt. I was overcome.

Did the pregnancy go without complications?
I'm yet to hear of anyone who has a pregnancy without complications. At around 14 weeks I had the urge to sleep constantly, and it was more than just your pregnancy tiredness - I would physically fall asleep talking to people, eating etc. I was never sick, but suffered with terrible nauseous feeling to the extent that I barely ate anything except creme eggs and apricots for most of my pregnancy. At 20 weeks I started suffering from Pubis Symphisis (sp) and consequently had to give up work at 32 weeks instead of staying until 38 weeks as I had planned. I spent the last 11 weeks of my pregnancy either in bed or on the sofa. Findlay was 6 days late.

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He's now 3 and a half years old, and the joy of my life. Alan and I split up due to my Postnatal depression, but remain on talking terms for Findlay's sake :)

Here's a photo of me and the boy

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Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
8:19 pm
[indebted]
12 Week U/S
Had my 12 weeks ultrasound today... it was amazing.
My bean looks completely normal and measured 5.4cm.

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Sunday, May 16th, 2004
7:36 pm
[eyelid]
my stor(ies)
Are you or have you ever been pregnant?

Twice. Last time I chose abortion, and have never regretted it. This time the pregnancy was planned, wanted, and continued to birth.

Did you consider abortion? Why? or why not?

Not this time, because my husband and I deliberately got pregnant :)

Did you make the right decision? Why? or Why not?

Both times.

The first time, I was unexpectedly pregnant. I have always been pro-choice, both personally and politically. I had no hesitation; I knew that unless I was completely mentally, physically, and financially ready to have a child, I would not do it. I believe a child deserves parents who are unreservedly devoted and completely able to provide for it. I will not bring a child into the world unless I can promise that.

At the time, I was financially fine and in a strong relationship (living with my fiance, who is now my husband). However, I was not emotionally or mentally prepared to have a child. I was 22 and not ready to give up my "fun" life; I wasn't even sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life yet. Because of this I did not feel that I was prepared to have a child. Therefore, I had an immediate abortion (at about 8 weeks pregnant).

This time around, the situation is different. I am in the middle of law school and have secured a very good law job. I am married, my husband is well-employed and works from home so he can care for our child. My parents live nearby and are eager to help out. And most importantly, I am HAPPY and ENTHUSIASTIC about having a child. I don't really understand how anyone not enthusiastic about it can survive the getting-up-four-times-a-night :)

Did the pregnancy go without complications?

I don't think any pregnancy ever does :) If so, they are in the minority.

I had a pretty non-complicated pregnancy up till the 37th or so week. I then developed a fairly rare pregnancy rash known as PUPPP. It made my life a living hell for two weeks or so - it was all over my body, including the soles of my feet and the palms of my hands. I couldn't sleep, I itched constantly, and it hurt if I scratched. More seriously, I developed pre-eclampsia in the last 5 days of my pregnancy. I gained 7 pounds of pure swelling water weight in those 5 days, my blood pressure went up, etc. I ended up being threatened with bedrest if I did not induce.

Induction was a long process, and 28 hours after it started I had to get a C-section anyway because despite my being completely dialated, Isaac was facing the wrong way and so could not come out. :P long birth story here.

Two weeks out, the rash still hasn't completely gone away, and it has pretty much destroyed the skin on my stomach. The good side is that I look almost normal again. I'm still up almost 20 pounds, but I started out pretty skinny, and I've dropped almost 40 from my top pregnancy weight. Not bad for two weeks.

Recovery from the Caesarean has been slower than I thought it would be. The incision was, for a week and a half, too sore to allow me to walk very far (more than a quarter block or so). But more serious than that is the full-body fatigue that follows major surgery. I am starting to recover, but still find it difficult to do much. Luckily my husband is wonderful.

Our new son is Isaac. He was 8 lbs 6 oz and has gained at an above-average rate since being home. He is perfectly healthy, if somewhat fussy :) and very cute.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2004
12:59 pm
[motherphoenix]
My 1st Baby..
Alexander, born January 8, 2003



Are you or have you ever been pregnant?
yes, not currently

Did you consider abortion? Why? or why not?
No, I would consider adoption. In my case I was willing to go with what happened, but it was not a good point in my life. I was having problems with the father and it seemed stupid to bring a child into the mix.
I respect others' choices to terminate, but it is not a choice for me.

Did you make the right decision? Why? or Why not?
I feel I did..I considered adoption but I realize I was just scared.

Did the pregnancy go without complications?
Not necessarily, I had kidney stones, premature labor and then a c-section after failure to progress.

Current Mood: blah
Sunday, September 14th, 2003
6:19 pm
[silverhawk]
My goal is to make all aspects of pregnancy something we talk about without politics.
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