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<p>Hi all! I'm new here, due May 22nd or so and wondering who is in the "first pregnancy" boat with me? I have the added weirdness of being stationed in Germany for the pregnancy/birth, but we're generally pretty happy about that. Don't know the sex yet, but we'll get to find out at our next OB appointment in a few weeks.</p>
<p>I don't know how people manage to work full time while pregnant! I was sooo tired during the first trimester. I've been feeling better lately though, which I've heard is pretty normal. I'm reading "Birthing from Within" and "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" both of which are excellent, but bringing up some really strong emotions and issues I didn't know I had. What else is everyone going through on that front? Have you discovered anything new about yourself?</p>
 

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<p>Hi Sarah, welcome! I am in the same boat as you and we are due only days apart. My due day is May 19th <span><img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif">. Lets see things I have learned about while pregnant......Well my emotions are completely out of wack. I cry for no apparent reason and I get annoyed sooooo easily. When I read the pregnancy books, I find I got the exact symptoms that they state so I know all is going good. I think thats about it right now, I just started my second trimester so I still have 23 weeks to go. But this is a great website and it definately helps me when I have a question and I can't get a hold of my doctor. Hope you have a happy and healthy pregnancy.</span></p>
 

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<p>Not a first timer but just wanted to say congrats! It's so different going from 0 to 1 to 1 to 2 even in pregnancy! You already know alot, but still have the same fears that you had the first time around! With birth, caring for a new baby, labor, if you'll be a good parent,all that stuff! Just wanted to say congrats!</p>
 

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<p>I'm a first timer, but I've had one miscarriage. So far so good with this one though. :)</p>
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<p>My sister in law is a doula in Calgary, Alberta (I'm in San Francisco, California) and she recommended this website to me because I was complaining that all the ones I looked at in the first round contained a high level of crazy people. I've found this forum super helpful and supportive. People can have different opinions and not jump all over each other for it. I'm sure you'll find some good stuff on here while you're remote. I have a friend who just moved to Amsterdam and is 20 weeks pregnant, so you'll have to tell us about the differences in pregnancy views from what you were expecting. The cultural views internationally are amazing, it's cool that you get to experience that with your first.</p>
 

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<p><strong>This is my first!</strong></p>
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<p><strong>So far I've had hardly any normal pregnancy symptoms. No sickness or anything. I'm still not showing but I can kinda feel my belly gettin harder. I'm due May 11th. I can't wait to feel the baby kick!</strong></p>
 

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<p>This is my first. I have learned that no matter how much you read about your body and hormones changing, it's no preparation for the real thing. I am amazed by the process on a daily basis.</p>
 

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<p>This is my first. I've learned that I am a crazy person. The end. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
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<p>No, actually, I knew that before...</p>
 

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<p><span style="font-size:12px;">This is my first . My husband is deployed he is in the Army and gets to come home when baby is born . He has an R&R before then but he didn't take it to have more time added to his leave in May. I am 30 and he is 38. We have been together for 10 years and Married for 7 years. I am due May 29th 2011 : )</span></p>
 

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<p>I'm on an Army base but Hubs is AF and doesn't deploy. I am in AWE of the strength and bravery of all the women who go through pregnancy, give birth, and take care of their kids while their husbands are in the Middle East. I don't know if I could do it!</p>
 

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<p>I was worried about that at first too. A lot of the other 'Mommy boards' and full of drama, but this one seems really down to earth :) I also belong to a fantastic parenting group that is part of a knitting forum (but we have non-knitting crafters too) let me know if you want a link!</p>
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<p>I haven't noticed too many cultural differences yet, but I do live on a military base. I go to a German OB though and plan to give birth at a German hospital. I have heard it is much more focused on natural birth than in the US, but I've also heard some familiar horror stories, so I don't know what to think :(</p>
 

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<p>I'm a first-timer too... due May 4th. </p>
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<p>I have to agree with the sentiment that no matter how much you read, it's no substitute for the experience.  I mean, read about morning sickness all you want.  No matter how bad you're expecting it to be, the reality still hits you differently. </p>
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<p>I also 100% agree on the crazy people.  The first couple boards I looked at were awful in that respect. </p>
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<p>You'll have to let us know how things progress for you in Germany.  I'll freely admit that I don't know much about the German prenatal system!</p>
 

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<p>This is my first :)<br><br>
I have learned that, all the reading and learning about babies/pregnancy/childbirth in the world cannot prepare you for the real thing!</p>
 
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