Browsing: 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.

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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 having a baby changes you in tons of small ways. But your body is smart and it adjusts accordingly.

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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 the U.K and France. Yes, I traveled when I was pregnant. Why not?

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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 good for my karma and I take my karma seriously these days (yes, being pregnant makes you superstitious, I find). Here are ten perks of being pregnant, aka “thank you flowers and bees”.

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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 bottles (why are they so small??) and filling blood collection tubes.

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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, and that when you are pregnant, you suddenly seem to be everybody’s business. This doesn’t stop at unwanted advice. Some people have an agenda, including one on a hot-button issue: breastfeeding.

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My Non-Scary Non-Gory Labour and Birth Story – Part III

We only stayed a day and a half at the hospital. Since I had given birth at 11 a.m. on the Friday, we had to stay until 11 a.m., Saturday. The night at the hospital was tiring. With all the babies in the room, it was like a domino effect: one would start crying, waking up the other ones. On Saturday, I just wanted to go home. I was dying for a good shower and I was sick of the hospital food.

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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 them. Instead, I simply listened to my body and noted the slow change, as spring turned into summer and summer into fall.

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Dear Canada, Thank you For Your Health Care System

So far, I’ve had four ultrasounds, a bunch of blood tests, the Integrated Test, two appointments with a GP at the University of Ottawa Health Services and countless appointments (seven, eight…?) with an ob-gyn at the hospital. And so far, I have paid exactly zero dollars. Nada, niente, nothing.

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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 it’s normal. I hope so, anyway. But there are times when I’m pretty sure I was rightfully annoyed. Like I explained, I’ve had issue with the “pregnancy police” and I still can’t believe how inappropriate complete strangers can be.

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20 Reasons Why I’m Looking Forward to The “Grand Finale”

Nine months is a long time. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever, and I’m still not one of these “glowing pregnant women”. Don’t get me wrong—it is a fascinating experience. But it needs to end at one point! As scary as the perspective of labour and birth is, I must admit I’m now looking forward to the “Grand Finale” for these 20 reasons.

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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 a little boy or a little girl,” claimed a random woman. Gee, I can see beyond the gender binary, you know. I’m carrying a human being, it doesn’t matter whether he has a penis or she has a vagina.

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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 a freaking fertility goddess. I felt like I was going through puberty all over again.

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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 Christ’s sake,” I muttered impatiently, “is there a more inappropriate song given the circumstances?”

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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.