Browsing Archive: July, 2011

Pregnancy and Physical Therapy--who knew?

Posted by Briana Meade on Wednesday, July 20, 2011,
       Today I went to my first physical therapist appointment. When I think of physical therapy I usually imagine athletes with serious injuries, limping alongside a ballet-pole. I had no idea that physical therapy could apply to pregnant women.
        This all came about because of my husbands admonitions that I have "weak pelvic floor muscles" when he was observing a Physical Therapist in order to fulfill his requirements for applying to graduate school. Thanks, Chris.
        But really, ...
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Worrying

Posted by Briana Meade on Monday, July 18, 2011,
I've  been thinking a lot about worry and fear. I spend a lot of time worrying about our future because we are so young and we don't have established careers and we're back to living at home. I've been trying lately to center myself, to know when to let go--but it takes practice to do this. In Kathleen Norris' book 'Amazing Grace', she talks about "detachment" a word that early monks used to mean  "not allowing either worldly values or self-centeredness to distract us from what is most essent...
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The Birthing Center

Posted by Briana Meade on Sunday, July 17, 2011,
Dearest Zoe,
I went to see the midwife this week and she said that you are growing healthily. You are now more than 4 pounds and you have plenty of amniotic fluid in there. When I was in N.H., I woke up one morning to find that my back was hurting a little more and that my belly looked and felt differently. The midwife confirmed that this was probably the date you turned your head down, since now you are clearly in a head down position! Having your head down apparently has nothing to do with w...
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Letters to Zoe

Posted by Briana Meade on Wednesday, July 13, 2011,
Dearest Zoe, 
I am now about thirty three weeks pregnant, and I wanted to share with you a letter I wrote over Spring break because I think it will give you an idea of how much has changed since then. I was only around 19 weeks pregnant, and I didn't know that you were even a girl!

April, St. Augustine Beach, FL
When I first told my first graders I was pregnant, I don't know what I was expecting to receive in response. Warm accolades, a toast, congratulations perhaps. I imagined that they would ...
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Visiting in New Hampshire

Posted by Briana Meade on Saturday, July 9, 2011,
 Dearest Zoe,
 After this last year, with all of its constant anxiety and my struggle with my own disappointment in myself, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to feel "whole" again. I guess I really believed, coming out of college, that success in life meant a career--after all, isn't that what women have worked for the past hundreds of years? Teach for America seemed like the perfect place to prove myself, to become this vision of "myself" that I have capitalized upon all these years--until I ...
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33 Weeks and Counting

Posted by Briana Meade on Saturday, July 9, 2011,
 I am not sixteen and pregnant. Either people think I am, or people in Boston do not see pregnant people very often. We were there several days ago dropping off my husband at the airport, and we stopped at Quincy Market to get some food when my mom noticed that everyone was staring at me. I caught people averting their gaze whenever I looked at them, until I realized that it was  because I was walking arm-in-arm with my parents. I looked like the poster child of the next "Sixteen and Pregnant...
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