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I had always heard talk of unconditional love but never knew exactly what it meant until I gave birth. Afterward, I stared into my daughter's gray-blue eyes, noted the dimple on her chin and smoothed her dark hair. I fell in love. Deeply. When I started breastfeeding, that was it. Game over. I cried each time and couldn't get over the fact that she depended on me completely for her …

My first was premature, born in a hospital, Pitocin punching him out of me. The second time would be different. I planned a home birth: I piled up a birth pool, rubber gloves, motherwort tincture, old towels, plastic shower curtains, a bowl for the placenta. Water broke, midwives arrived, pushing began. Though I'd planned everything, I couldn't control anything. I was an angry, raving, roving Neanderthal. …

I was big at the end. Really big. Five days past my due date, I take a walk to the local video store. Only my protruding belly is so large that I can't see the jumbled pavement and I go down. Hard. There is a lot of blood. And strangers too freaked out to do much but hand me a Kleenex. My glasses are smashed so I can't see much, …

My husband picked the wrong time to leave the room to go get something to eat. I wasn't in labor yet even though the pitocin was cranked to the max. 10 minutes later my Dr checked me and our daughter was right there. The nurses told me to wait on my husband and I told them to forget it, I am pushing her out now. My husband walked in right …

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The first pregnancy test I took showed one bright pink line and one faint pink line. Was I pregnant?! I had never seen a positive pregnancy test before. The picture in the directions showed a bold second line, not one so faint you had to squint to see it. I took a second test: same results, same confusion. There was only one way to determine …

Pregnancy dreams are vivid, emotional, occasionally bizarre. My most intense dream involved having a boy whom I named Christopher. I dreamed of the frustrations of trying to swaddle him and put him to my breast. Frustrating, because Christopher was born a push-pin. He was a regular-sized green push-pin. I loved him dearly, but panicked, because if I set Christopher down next to a "regular" push-pin how would I know which …

He was a madman. We met through an Internet personal ad. Redundant? On paper he looked good, having achieved all the succes$ possible in life. What was lacking and craved: a child. He desired a wife, too, but I sensed her role would be essentially that of womb-as-delivery-mechanism. He was amassing, in true cart-before-horse-style, infant-related items, and had found an old-fashioned English perambulator, …

Wife is about 8 1/2 months pregnant and her feet are swollen and hurting her. She goes to nail salon where Korean women who work there refuse to massage her feet in fear it may induce labor. She comes home and begs me to massage her feet, she leaves out the part that she was just told it could induce labor. I give her feet a vigorous massage. At …
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What's Your Pregnancy Story?

A contest from Rick's Picks and SMITH Magazine
Do you have an amazing, unusual, or simply memorable pregnancy story? SMITH Magazine and the delicious pickle maker Rick’s Picks invite you to share your tale of this momentous time in your life in 100 words or less.

Seven of you (six future moms and one dad) will win a mouth-watering Rick’s Picks Pregnancy Pack and a copy of SMITH’s bestselling book, NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING: Six-Word Memoirs By Writers Famous & Obscure. Three Grand Prize Winners will have their image and story published on jars of Rick’s Picks, aptly named dill pickle, Slices of Life, “the Pickle of Pregnancy” that moms-to-be crave.

Also, check out our earlier feature, Beautiful Pregnant Women, featuring the photos of Jennifer Maya Luz Pliego.

About Rick's Picks

Rick’s Picks cofounder Rick Field grew up making traditional pickles with his family in Vermont. The 11 varieties now made by Rick’s Picks are distinguished by their exceptional quality, with an unusual array of varieties and flavor profiles. The pickles are hand-packed and all natural, and made with locally sourced produce, bringing innovation to a category that hasn’t seen much change in a long time.


SMITH Magazine cofounder Larry Smith grew up swapping stories with his family in New Jersey, especially his grandfather, Morris "Smitty" Smith. The stories featured on SMITH Magazine are distinguished by their exceptional quality, with an unusual array of varieties and personal flavor. Each story is handpicked by its editors from among the thousands of submissions that readers send in, bringing innovation to a category that hasn’t seen much change in a long time.

The Book: Not Quite What I Was Planning

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Richard Ford, Dave Eggers, Mario Batali, Aimee Mann, and more.

The Fine Print & Contest Rules

By submitting an entry, you are granting SMITH and Rick’s Picks the right to reprint or republish that entry online or in print, as well as make any necessary edits. See SMITH's terms of service for complete details.

This contest ends May 10, 2009. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as awarded. Winners are decided at the discretion of SMITH judges and all decisions are final. SMITH reserves the right to change the contest rules. Enter as often as you want. SMITH reserves the right to reprint or republish all entries.

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