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I don't touch pregnant bellies without permission and I don't give advice, except...always wash your hair before you see your obstetrician.

At 37 weeks she measured my belly, listened and watched. She left the room, returned and checked the stream of white scribbled paper pouring out of the buzzing beige machine.

"You need to go to the hospital."

"OK, I'll go home and shower …

My second pregnancy was filled with long lazy afternoons cuddling my first son, Asher Daniel. I soaked up the one on one time I had with him. We read, sang, danced! He went to all my OB appointments, my little partner in crime. We talked about the baby that was coming and he'd touch my belly and talk to the baby.
I had an emergency …

After a concert at our local high school by a local talent turn country music superstar, I thought I might be in labor. A good thing since I was two weeks overdue, but at least I made it to the concert. At the hospital, I was advised to walk around for an hour to help with the laboring. My husband said,"I can't I am too tired." So, I walked;he …

In the grocery store on a Saturday night in January, we were looking for a pregnancy test in the feminine hygene aisle. I stopped. "What if you don't love me enough?" Before he could speak I continued, "And what if the reason I think you don't love me enough is because I don't love you enough?"

Then I couldn't stop myself. I was one of …

I didn't have the strength to get off the floor. Throwing up for 10 minutes straight into the toilet will do that to you. I heard my husband on the phone as I prayed for delivery or death, whichever might come first. "Oh Dawn? Yeah, she's doing great. She feels fantastic." I lifted my head for a moment and only got the "fu" out before the next wave of vomitting …

Brooklyn breeds some tough broads and I come from a long line of them. When I delivered my second child, I felt extra pressure to be strong like those who had come before me All I needed was an occasional Italian cookie or homemade pasta and I was fine. Seven weeks before my due date, I requested Brooklyn sausage. The seven link meal was followed by 7 …

One Dollar test, $100,000 delivery charge.

The day Jack was born, I went to the pool around 8:30am. I swam 4 slow laps, had several intense contractions, and left. As I drove home, I listened to the song “Mystery” by the Indigo Girls and started to bawl. I knew he was coming. When we got to the hospital at 11am, I was already dilated to 7 cm. No epidural! So I …

“His sister was so pretty."

Not words a mother should utter when she meets her infant son, but on first sight they slipped out.

Blame my blurt on the delivery, but to hold him up for examination by my roomie? She had to admit this kid fell off the ugly branch of the family tree.

That was okay, right up until the time the nurse returned, apologizing …

My baby was a week over due and the doctor decided to induce me. Nothing was happening so they sent me home. What we didn't realize was I was already in labour. We went for lunch at Red Robins before heading home. I didn't have normal contractions the pain was constant. The hospital thought I was being neurotic because we called them every half an hour with new symptoms. Wait …

Thirty years ago, I told a patient she was having twins.

“I’ve had twins before.” She was more confident about having her twins than I was as a young Obstetrical resident.

“Tell me about it.”

“We lived in rural west Texas. On the way to the doctor, our car broke down. The baby delivered in the parked car. We continued in Mom’s car to the …

I always wondered why women were considered "the weaker sex," when we're the ones who give birth and accomplish so much else. Then I got pregnant myself. In my first trimester I was too wimpy to go to the gym, I constantly nibbled on green apples to keep nausea at bay, and I needed naps all the time. When I considered what life must have been like …
Wearing maternity swim suit counting contractions.

I was 29 when Love was born. She was barely 3 months young and still safely nestled in my warm womb. I looked at the monitor to meet her. Her heart was a silver dot on a screen compared to mine, a blue organ in my chest. She was Love like no other, my little one. Then, the sorrow of divorce escaped from my lungs. …

I didn't believe the early pregnancy dream because she was born walking, talking, and going for rides with TV stars. But I did tell my husband that in the dream we had an 8 lb 2 oz girl, just in case. We went home 3 hours after her birth, before anyone weighed her. My midwives came the next day with a fish scale. We did some …

I didn't believe the early pregnancy dream because she was born walking, talking, and going for rides with TV stars. But I did tell my husband that in the dream we had an 8 lb 2 oz girl, just in case. We went home 3 hours after her birth, before anyone weighed her. My midwives came the next day with a fish scale. We did some …

I never had a contraction in my life. When I went to the hospital to have my first baby I was two weeks overdue. I went on petocin, which stimulates labor but nothing happened. No dilation, no effacement, no nothing.
Then they said the baby was in distress and they were going to do an emergency c-section.
I had a spinal, I couldn’t feel anything but I was conscious. …
I used hypnosis as anestetic for my last birthing, shopping for furniture deals Black Friday, in labor, delaying the drive to the hospital as long as possible, trying out sofas, fingering leathers, pausing when needed to listen to relaxation cues on my Ipod, melting away each uterine wave, knowing it was working when, as my husband tried to push us past a long escalator-waiting crowd, by declaring, "My wife's in …

The nurses seemed to be all around me, asking me what I needed, offering me ice cubes to suck on, and trying to calm me with their touch. One sat down by my head across from my husband and held a cool cloth on my forehead while the head nurse went to examine me. She had to gently coax me to open my legs and then staring straight at me …

We're recently married and we weren't planning on having kids just yet. Last Halloween, we had one too many jello shots, had sex, and forgot to take the pill. That's when we learned my husband's boys can swim. We're now pregnant, self-employed, no maternity insurance, and freaking out.

As we watch our bank account dwindle with every doctor appointment, and as we prepare to sell …
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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.

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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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