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I was young, too young; so were you. We truly were in love. I found out about our baby a week before I left for school, a week already filled with anxiety and fear. We couldn't have it, we tearfully agreed.
Days later, I was three hours away from you, alone, making plans that changed my life forever. The following week, we ended it. Harsh, but inevitable. Two months …

Twenty-one years old and barely over five-feet tall, after a 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' down a winding canyon, she arrives at the birthing center. Labor started four hours earlier, but she was already in transition during the race to the city. I, her mother-driver-birthing coach, breathed a sigh of relief when she immediately admitted to the birthing room. Monitors attached, then a few pushes, a few snips, …

While my soon-to-be goddaughter was still in my cousin Russell's girlfriend's womb, I gave her a gentle touch and told her that when she got out she shouldn't be to concerned when she saw how crazy her daddy was; that he was like that all the time. She came a month early - I joked that she must have really wanted to see how nuts my cousin was. …

But I don't want to be one of them.

I was 36, he was 31. We had sex. Lots of good, raucous sex. We used condoms, sometimes. Even though I did not take birth control pills. He was multi-orgasmic. For the first time in his life. Erotically, he came once; he came twice, just seconds later. I became pregnant. It seemed …

On the 21st of May in 1962 my mother was hit with labor pains. "Take me to Metropolitan Hospital," she told a New York City cabby. "Hurry! I'm about to have a baby."
The cabby was barely midway to Metropolitan when my head popped out. The cabby swerved around and drove to the nearest hospital. Before we could make it inside the hospital, the rest of my …

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, …

After weeks of preterm labor, bedrest and medication, I'd hit the "safe point" of 36 weeks. Doctor's said the baby could come any day. So we waited fairly patiently until about week 39, then I started to get nervous. Christmas was just over a week away. I did all I could to start my labor to no avail. Finally I gave up figuring I'd go overdue and be induced after …

Durng my second pregnancy I had an afternoon I will treasure forever. My Beautiful Friend arranged a surprise baby shower for me. Now, being pregnant ensures that you will be extremely vague, so, despite the pink and blue balloons, knowing everyone there and the "Congratulations Alix" sign on the wall, I still thought the gathering was a cosmetic party! So I was truely surprised to find out it was …

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 …

My labor contractions were erratic, so the doctor let me walk around. I went to the bank, hit Chicago's Mag Mile to do some last minute shopping! Imagine little ole me waddling down Michigan Avenue squatting on contractions...the Disney Store was the nicest about it.
I went to Nike Town to get Jordans. As I shopped, the contractions got worse, so I was squatting in Nike town …

Reece was born at 39 wks due to several negative factors via emergency C-section. I thought was the end of the world but with all the help of the hospital staff kept me sane through it all and not so bad. When Reece was in my womb I always said I had an acrobat in my tummy. When they pulled him out his legs were straight up in …

Susan is so very happy, but she's finding it hard to know, whether to tell her secret, or to wait for it to grow. The secret comes with a time limit, and she knows this very well, for no matter when she says it, the secret will show and tell. Soon that sweet little secret will dress in flesh and bone, it will cry and sleep and smile, in …

In an ultrasound at seven months, the baby stuck out his tongue. The doctor and I laughed. Then, there was silence. He'd found a genetic defect. Numb, I left the exam table and peed. I became a statistic: The baby needed surgery; the baby might have Down Syndrome; the baby might be born early; the baby might die. I got in my car and rested my forehead against the steering …

"Pregnant?" In my sleep I feel him lying awake.
"How many weeks?" My mother. "May not come to anything," she said when Sarah announced at four.
I'm eleven.
When I hear the heartbeat I could burst with joy.
The books are full of warnings, tests, deadly cheeses. I hardly dare breath.
I come home spotting blood. Pregnancy and work are too much. …

Mom was my birth coach since I was sans significant other and conveniently missed Lamaze class by delivering prior to attending. Two children delivered under heavy 1970's era sedation made her fully qualified. She insisted I go natural, I think to live vicariously. While timing my hold a gallon up the butt so you don't poop on the doctor marathon she giggled incessantly escalating to a "times …

Due date: April 11th, 1988. Complications ensue. Induced March 30th. Me: "Doctor, I cannot have this baby March 31st - that's my stepson's birthday and he'll plotz!" Doctor: "Honey, I have news for you - you're having this baby March 31st. Now push!" I hold out as long as I can then realize the alternative: an April fool! Baby Will is born …

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 …

I married a man to soon. I didn't know he was a drug addict. I found out I was pregnant while he was in rehab. Due to the stress, I lost the baby. 8 months later I found myself pregnant at 39. I had just told him I was pregnant. He stabbed me fourteen times and cut my throat. I survived as did my son. Birth was a C-section at …

My grandma flew down with my mom to visit us. I decided I couldn't keep the secret any longer even though we had just found out ourselves. So, I told her out on the sunny porch as she sat wearing a straw hat and playing with the cat. I whispered in her ear "I'm pregnant!" She kicked her wheelchair closer to me and broke into a grin. …

After two own pregnancies and after the time I was thinking that only my two children are the best of the world I saw the truth: all new born babies are important, are equal. They are a wonder and holy. With this thinking no more religion war makes sense...or do you want to tell me that a mother is proud when her child kills people in the name of god?
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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.

About SMITH

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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