Pregnancy is such a magical and wonderful time in a woman’s life — but it’s pretty safe to say that some aspects of it are definitely easier than others. Every mom-to-be has good days and bad days and everything in between — including those instances where you do whatever you have to just to make it through the day without having an emotional meltdown. Read 15 lies pregnant women tell in an effort to make the darker side of those nine months more bearable on The Stir…
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“I vomit a good dozen times a day. It’s, like, bad. I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn’t [know]. I’m not even kidding, it’s so bad. It’s so bad. I know it’s like so gross. And that’s the thing, too — you’re not attractive when you’re pregnant. Everybody tells you [that] you glow and you’re hair is pretty and you’re nails are pretty. That’s total crap. My nails are short, my hair still falls out like it’s not all lush and beautiful and I have no glow. Unless it’s, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It’s horrible.”
Newly pregnant Kelly Clarkson (11 weeks!) tossed her cookies backstage on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. I pity the lowly PA who had to clean that one up. And by the way, totally disagree she’s “not attractive” while pregnant! [Celebuzz] [Photo: Pacific Coast News]
- The pregnancy rate in America is the lowest its been in 12 years, according to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control, observing data from 2000 to 2009. Can someone say “economy”? Some good news, at least: teen pregnancy also reached a historic low in 2009. [CNN, Reuters]
- On Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston and the overlapping of football culture and rape culture. [RH Reality Check]
- Rape apologists love to blame women for being drunk when a sexual assault occurs — but here’s what actual research says about women and alcohol. [Think Progress]
- How “American Horror Story: Coven” is getting race all wrong. [Feministing] Keep reading »
Geez. Caroline Berg Eriksen has caused quite the stir this week after posting a photo of her rock-hard abs just three days post-baby to her Instagram account. You know who I’m talking about, right? The chick who looks insanely hot in her bra and underwear just a few days after pushing out a child? Read more on The Stir…
- Here’s Kelly Clarkson in Parade on why she’s excited to be pregnant: “Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!” What a depressing state of affairs that female celebs actually think this way (even if she’s joking). [Parade]
- Two pilot programs in the UK will pay mothers to breastfeed. [BBC]
- Attorneys for the state of Arizona have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate an anti-abortion law that takes Medicaid funding away from clinics that perform abortions, even if the funds don’t go towards the cost of terminating pregnancies. The stripped funding would have affected cancer screenings, annual exams, and other aspects of women’s health. Planned Parenthood sued to successfully block the law. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »
I first wrote about my abortion in the spring of 2012. At that point, it had been seven years since my procedure, and something that never crossed my mind. Although the majority of the responses were overwhelmingly positive and other women took to the comments section to share their own abortion stories, those who were against my right to choose were, of course, cruel and heartless in what they had to say. For the next several days, I was attacked on Twitter and emailed threats by religious zealots, and was event old that my mother should have aborted me so I couldn’t abort my baby. (Someone explain that logic to me, please.)
A week later, despite all the hate being thrown my way, I wrote a follow-up piece declaring that I was happy that I wrote about my abortion, because I was. I was just as happy that I wrote about i as I was that I had the abortion in the first place. It was an election year with women’s reproductive rights at the forefront of many candidates’ platforms. It was this fact that made me write about my abortion; I wanted to put a name and face to the issue. I wasn’t ashamed. Looking back, whatever guilt I felt the day of my abortion was guilt that I didn’t feel guilty at all. I had gotten pregnant accidentally despite having been on the Pill, I was in no way emotionally or financially ready to have a child, and abortion, for me, was not just a solution, but a gift. My abortion, in many ways, saved my life. Keep reading »
Pregnancy may come with a whole host of unpleasant side effects, but you gotta admit, it kind of makes us seem like super heroes at times too. (Hello? You know Wonder Woman is hiding underneath that baby bump disguise you’re wearing.)
For one thing, we’re housing a human being for nine months, which is noteworthy enough as it is. But there are plenty of other things that pregnant women probably don’t give themselves enough credit for.
1. Hypnotizing men — Think about it for a second — don’t you have dudes opening doors and offering to help you out like, 100 times more than before you were preggo? It’s like some men are immediately put into a trance at the first glance of a big old belly. Discover nine more super powers on The Stir…
Vanessa Carlton recently confessed via a Facebook Note to her fans that she recently had a miscarriage.
Explaining why she is rescheduling several upcoming tour dates, Carlton revealed she had an ectopic/fallopian pregnancy — meaning her embryo settled in one of her fallopian tubes instead of the uterus. Keep reading »
It’s a special type of parent who is able to humiliate their child before he or she is even born. Jalene and Lincoln Taylor of North Salt Lake, Utah, are those parents — or shall I say, parents-t0-be. The happy couple, who struggled with infertility and a miscarriage, announced their pregnancy with this sweet and lovably goofy hip-hop video, “Taylor Baby.” The pair wrote the lyrics themselves and did the whole thing in eight hours! (If it’s the same Jalene and Lincoln, they also did a wedding video when they married two years ago, which is just as cute.) Their little baby is due in May. I’m sure the kid will be so impressed when it grows up that it won’t even mind Mommy and Daddy once made their own music video rapping “Where my babies at? Where my babies at?” [TODAY]
I figured that after I had a baby my body would be like a soldier after war, with the proud, annoying battle scars that have a good story but don’t dress up well. A few things went differently than expected:
- I had a real baby, which is sort of impossible to imagine beforehand and sort of trumps everything else.
- I didn’t stop caring about the way I looked (this isn’t a story with a moral or something), but I was really busy caring a lot about other things.
- I looked surprisingly great.
No one ever talks about how you might feel sexy and beautiful after you have a baby. They talk a lot about how you might feel shitty and floppy and bad and you might have to work really hard to look good again and your belly might never ever be the same and the goal should be for everything to be the same as it was because that was so much better. It’s stressful, being pregnant and being yelled at by all of the headlines about pregnancy “YOU NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT HOW BAD YOU WILL LOOK AFTER YOU GIVE BIRTH!” Keep reading »