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As my belly bulged and belly button stretched, as my hips widened and thighs thickened, as my ankles swelled and feet overflowed my shoes ... I could think of nothing but the beautiful life growing inside of me. Not only the baby to be born ... but the woman she will someday become. Will she be tall? Will she be kind? Will she have the ambition …

Always a skinny girl, growing up I was called Bone-ella and was teased with taunts such as "you have a pirates dream - a sunken chest". Pregnancy gave me something I never considered - curves, hips, a chest...a hot bod. Shortly after giving birth I was left with tummy flab, but also months of continued curves. I am thankful for my son for many reasons, one being the fact that …

I thought I knew everything about everything. I'd read the books, and after all, this was my second baby. They said "Go to the hospital when your contractions are regular: four minutes apart." Mine were seven, then three, then twelve, then six minutes apart, not what anyone would call regular. And then, pop! My water broke. Mad rush to dress for the hospital. Pull one pant leg up - contraction. …

I became pregnant just as my husband began sea duty in the Navy. There I was, 900 miles away from my family, and my husband somewhere in the Pacific. I was scared. I was alone. But I discovered a new strength within myself, the strength that comes from just being thrown into a situation and being forced to muck through. In the end, he …

This is not my story, but hers. My best friend struggled with whether or not to keep her baby. Her husband told her he would divorce her if she decided to have it. I loved her and offered my husband and I to adopt if she would keep it. I was her labor coach and her beautiful son is now 30 years old. Her husband …

I was driving home from school with my sixteen year old daughter and her best friend when I felt the familiar warmth between my legs. I pulled the car off the road and turned to my baby girl. "You have to drive, honey. My water just broke." She stared at me in horror. I got out of the car and waddled around to her side. …

We were uneasy partners, she and I. Never quite nestled into one another; never quite on board. She hid her heart when hearing it mattered most. She positioned her head in a way sure to draw attention. She moved down but looked around. Her limbs dictated the removal of my belly stud, something her big brother was never able to influence. And she came promptly on her due date …

I shouldn't say in my headline that anxiety is worse than morning sickness because I have been one of those ridiculously lucky pregnant women who have had NONE of the disgusting symptoms you hear about, except for an unnerving obsession with chocolate. I have been quite anxious and obsessive though. This anxiety comes in the form of cleaning corners and ceilings, regrouting every bathroom in my house, and making sure …

"Can we come when the baby is born" were the first words out of our other childrens mouths when we told them about the pregnancy. And so it was that Ari, Elianna and Jeremiah shared in the birth that beautiful spring morning when their brother Adir joined our family. With perfect silence they watched as he entered our world. The only sounds were mine as I pushed him forward. I …

Tolerance and rationality took a nine-month hiatus in my life. Driven by ferocious cravings, I penciled in the fire station chicken barbeque on my calendar. Once there: Do you have a ticket? My eyes involuntarily welled up. Nobody said I needed one. Didn't matter--all sold out. I began sobbing. I knew it was stupid. Knew it was irrational. Knew I couldn't stop. It all felt so personal; forces had conspired …

I only gained 32 pounds when I was pregnant. My doctor was nervous, my parent's were nervous, and my grandma was constantly (and lovingly) forcing meals down my throat. Each time I went in for a check-up, I was told that my baby was too small and I started to feel like I was doing something wrong. I had three different ultrasounds to check on the progress of my son's …

Surely this was not quite what you were planning? This pregnancy produced a boy named Peter-Piper, and two girls Polly and Pickles. Yes, Pickles is her name! What else could we call this oblong baby weighing in at just under 8 ounces at birth? Dad is from the UK and Mom is USA born from Australian parents. Typically we are called wiener dogs, hot dogs, etc., …

Working in an italian restaurant during my pregnancy, i noticed that the owner, once a week, would simmer a whole chicken in a pot of marinara sauce and then throw the chicken away. financially struggling, i asked to take the "weekly" chicken home and make a meal of it. the next week, as usual, i rode my bike to work, expecting my boyfriend to drive me, the bike, and the …

I parked my car and rode my bicycle everywhere during my pregnancy. i chose to prepare for a home birth, and took a home birth course from a team of independent midwives who ran their own pregnancy clinic in the basement of the mennonite church. i have never felt beautiful in my life - until i became pregnant. i felt like my swollen belly contained all the mysteries of the …

"Your baby is breech," my obstetrician told me as I lay on the examining table. She had one hand on my lower belly and one hand on the upper. "His head is up here." She recommended that she try to flip him and admitted me to the hospital. The medicine to relax my uterus made me nauseated and my heart race. The doctor began pushing hard on …

31 wks and 3 days...that is all the time he had. The him in question is my son Krish who was born 8 1/2 weeks early. Amazing he was from the start. Tipping the scales at 2lbs 8 1/2 ounces my little Leo cried louder and longer than many other older babies did. All the nurses fell in love with his "smile" which could light up the room. I have …

Her name was Mia. We couldn't wait to meet her. Her sonogram hung on the fridge. She would be born gently, without intervention. She would be nursed for several years, as natured intended. We would love her madly. That was the plan. This is what happened.

His name is Toby. We were shocked to meet him. His drawings cover the fridge. He was born in an operating room, bright …

I was pregnant with our first child and had horrible morning sickness. The term "morning" sickness didn't even touch the reality of it. I called it awake sickness...if I was awake I was sick. I was also very tired. One night after work I was collapsed on the couch and my husband was trying to help out by cooking supper for us. His menu was …

Two years ago, when I was pregnant with my second child, my huband was out of town, and my brain was attacked by some evil hormonal pregnancy cocktail. I had plans to take my daughter to the zoo, but what if the tigers escaped from their cage? How could I, in my bulbous state, save my child? I ended the evening pacing through the house closing windows, rattling doors, and …

Pregnancy was like hiking up a mountain for me. The beginning was smooth, but it got really rough at the end. I retained enough water to fill a dry well. I had "cankles" instead of separate calves and ankles. I had to have a last minute c-section. I don't remember holding my son the first time, though there are pictures to prove it. I went into …
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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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