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Overdue by about 3 1/2 weeks, I was young and tired of being fat and wobbly. Wasting time at the zoo, we thought it would be cool to get a picture standing next to the beautiful geese. Climbing into the exhibit, I stood next to the pond until a huge white goose charged me and bit my ass! I ran, jumped a three foot wall, leapt over a rope fence …

"Buy a dog and relax."
The next week we took my doctor's advice and adopted a dog named Panda. Soon she ruled our home, but also our hearts. After two years of trying to get pregnant, I'd given up all hope. Panda allowed me to think about something other than holding a baby. A few months later,though, our queen needed to take up residence in a new dog house …

My sister became stranger with every passing day of her pregnancy. She stopped eating polysyllabic foods, and raged against her family and friends. "You all want my baby. Admit it, you are jealous," was a common refrain heard around the house. But what really concerned me was her sudden obsession with the placenta.
"I'm going to eat it."
"Why?"
"To regain the lost nutrients."
"Take a vitamin."Read more »

Fatherless, One word story not six.

He left to go to work even though I had been in labor all night long. My sister arrived, much later. Call him? Why bother. It must have been shocking for her to see me converted into this animal-like state but she sidestepped the vomit, played it stoic and cut watermelon into small pieces for me to eat. In the cab, we tell the driver that I am in labor. …

Late one night after stuffing my face with spaghetti, icecream & loads of other delicacies I go into labour. Need to get rid of all of these goodies via enema. Hours of "you'll be ok" then feet up in stirrups as the little fella decides he's three weeks early & does a U-turn. Sign on room door "Frank Breech in Progress". A dozen people facing my vagina …

Ok so I feel a little guilty. I didn’t jump up and down when the test read positive. I now hear of all the sad “cannot have children” stories and I feel guilty. We decided it was what we wanted but I’m a quiet person and don’t get excited easily. It has all gone really well so far, although I appear calm I am terrified deep …

Three a.m. and the contractions were instensifying. It was hard to be calm when something this momentous was happening. Everything at our house was laid out and awaiting the arrival of our midwife, Kate, who was expected soon. We held each other in the quiet of the night and the fear of the unkown. Kate arrived and soon, our beautiful, chubby, hairless daughter was born. A door opened in our …

Gaining weight when I was pregnant was like trying to "nail jello to a wall." My doctor and her nurses would shake their heads and drill me on what I'd been eating. When I replied "EVERYTHING! I'm JUST NOT gaining weight!" They would roll their eyes in disbelief.
Then week 30 hit, and so did the 20 pounds and stretch marks to match! My doc's nurses cheered me on …

It was cosmic intervention that he was in town that day-and so was I-and that we saw each other. We spent the whole day together-I didn't know I was in labor. I was to pick up my then-husband at the airport that night-but I never made it-I was at the hospital-still with him. Ex-husband arrived 30 minutes after our son. I don't remember what he said …

Her daddy looked at her, freshly minted, brand new girl - pitying almost - first thinghe said, to his second born daughter, "You're never going to get anything new...". What? Oh - of course, she would be part of hand-me-down city now...Then, a reflex, he checked his watch, noting, as the doctor did, what time the baby was born, laughed crazily. What is it, I wondered. "The minute she was …

After a long, slow motion day of seemingly endless contractions, during which I came dangerously close to an emergency c-section for stalled labor, things finally got going and the delivery room became a flurry of activity. Ninety minutes of hard pushing later, the obstetrician pulled my husband from where he was supporting my back and shoulders down to the action, shouting, “Look! The baby’s coming! You can see the head!” …

Im 18 and have a 6 month old son. His name is Cole and he is the love of my life. I gave birth to him when I was only 17 and my mother wasn't very happy with me. Although she was excited for his birth and was glad to be a grandmother, she was particularily bitter. When Cole was born, she held him and said "You have a rough …
As the labor pains started, I looked at my husband. He was amazing. He held my hand and brushed the wispies out of my face. He told me how beautiful I looked and how amazing I was to be giving him a third child. When the doctor entered, my daughter's head was crowning and my husband watched in awe. I pushed once and nothing. …

For a woman who planned pregnancy, I was petrified of the arrival of our baby. For the 9 months of pregnancy, you learn what to eat, what not to eat, what your unborn baby is doing, why you pee a thousand times a day, what to expect during delivery – but all I could think of was – after this.....then what? A real little person, who depends on me …

"I won't feel the same about you if you make me use condoms," he said. I got a pregnancy and a husband I didn't want. I would lie awake wishing that the baby wouldn't be born. He stubbornly held in there. When he arrived, I thought, huh, that's him. I didn't know. I didn't know that when they would settle him into my …

In November we found out we were pregnant. At first we were scared but soon grew excited. In March we found out it was a girl. Soon after he left me in a text message and filed for a divorce. That was the hardest thing togo through. I almost lost her. On the day I went in to have my labor enduced was so stressful. It ended in a c-section, …

My waters broke at 28 weeks. During the third night in hospital under observation, I felt something tickling between my legs. Reached down to investigate and a tiny hand curled around my finger. Went into shock. Four hours later my daughter was born by emergency section, weighing 3lbs 1/2 oz. She had to stay in special care for 10 weeks. She was perfect. …

Mid September, still at least a week before I was expecting my period, had not been trying for a baby. Walking through the old part of the city with a friend, we stopped to admire three cottonwood trees- easily two hundred years old. As I put my arms around one of them I thought to myself, "My belly is between the oldest life I've ever touched and the …

I looked like a house in my graduation gown. Could only hope that my water wouldn't break during the ceremony with a jock sitting on either side of me! The speeches went on FOREVER! Finally got my diploma and kept on walking right out the door. My water broke the next day during my graduation dinner and I had a beautiful baby girl a few hours later. Pregnant in high …
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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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