When there is not a permanent partner in the picture, despite the help of friends and family, you ultimately feel that you are on your own.
I also lost my job when I was 31 weeks pregnant, which added more stress.
I ended up in the hospital at 24 weeks and put on bed rest.
I was on strict bed rest until I was induced at 40 weeks. Check out our community and message boards to read up, share your story, or find other moms in your area.
I pushed for six hours and my girlfriends supported me during labor. Now my son, Declan, is a happy and rambunctious 2-year-old. Did you have a C-section, either planned or unexpected?
I am an independent person, and it's difficult for me to ask for help.
With my pregnancy, and now having a baby, I realize I have limits and that I do need to ask for help.
The worst ones leave you seriously thinking, “Renouncing all my worldly possessions and becoming a celibate monk who wears a hair shirt doesn’t sound so bad!
” But for those of us who are too lazy for asceticism, making the most of a bad situation helps, and the value of a cringe-worthy story is a great payoff. That night you spent listening to some stranger talk about his reptile-hoarding proclivities makes you part of a great sisterhood. He 'accidentally already ate.'"- Rachel, 21"I once went out with a guy who had seven gin and tonics in the span of an hour and a half. 'This can't possibly be an attempt at saving my soul,' I said."- Sue, 24"I was on a Tinder date with a guy who had completely lied about himself, so I was already annoyed.
My pregnancy was uneventful until I went into labor.
The baby was due in February, but I gave birth in November at 27 weeks.
I had just broken up with a man I was dating while living in California, and he made it clear he did not want to be a part of our lives.
So I returned home to Pennsylvania and moved in with my brother.
I told my family when I was four months pregnant and the response was very positive.