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Nine months

The 38 weeks of pregnancy: I was not glowing but I was writing! Humorous tales of my pregnancy in Canada, written shortly before the birth of Mark.

Postpartum

This is not to brag I have a perfect body—far from that. This is just a message of hope to the women who are pregnant or who want to become pregnant and are bidding goodbye to their body. Sure...

Pregnancy and Travel—Yes You Can!

I only published the “by the way, I’m almost about to give birth” news on this blog when I was eight months pregnant. It caught a lot of people by surprise because I had just come back from a trip to...

10 Perks of Being Pregnant

Blame my sarcasms and tongue-in-cheek attitude and articles on my French side—you know how much French like to complain about nothing and everything! So let’s be appreciative a bit for a change. It's...

The Day Canada Tried To Give Me Diabetes

Pregnant women’s body fluids are highly sought-after in Canada. For someone banned from giving blood because I grew up in Europe, this year, I feel I’ve spent my time peeing in tiny urine sample...

Trolls, Hot-Button Issues and—Gasp!—Boobs

As I quickly learned, while some couple are taking a chance to call a truce with the world, other are trolling. And it’s neither pretty or funny. I already mentioned my “hell is other people” theory...

Being Pregnant: What Does It Feel Like?

I found pregnancy-related websites were incredibly depressing: most simply enumerated a long list of potential discomforts and issues that would only get worse and worse. I decided to stay away from...

10 Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

Pregnancy hormones really mess up with your head. I have been on an emotional rollercoaster for the past few months: I alternated between feeling helpless and happy, confident and anxious. Apparently...

Boy or Girl, the Bets Are On!

Random strangers who ask if it’s a boy or a girl either think I know and don’t want to say, or that I don’t give a shit about the baby. “But it’s so much better when you know you are learning to love...

It’s Like Puberty… All Over Again

Some women assert that they are more feminine and womanly when they are pregnant. They claim they have found their purpose, a new meaning in life. Well, I can tell you I wasn’t comparing myself with...

The Bean-Shaped Baby

I called the University of Ottawa Health Services, where I had a checkup done a year earlier. I was immediately put on hold and I could hear Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” playing in the background. “For...

1 + 1 = 3 (I’m Pregnant)

I’m pregnant. Not the “I-just-peed-on-a-stick” kind of pregnant. I have been expecting our own little Canadian-Chinese-French (in alphabetical order) for over eight months now. Yeah, I know, I hid it.