Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do

Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body

I remember distinctly telling my father-in-law, barring a miracle, we’re going to have to terminate the pregnancy. Her health has to come first

Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.

Being pregnant is an occupational hazard of being a wife

When he saw what drugs or alcohol or unwanted pregnancy did to kids he fell in love with, he realized there had to be a straight path

All the time we wondered and wondered, who is this person coming/growing/turning/floating/swimming deep, deep inside

In the pregnancy process I have come to realize how much of the burden is on the female partner. She’s got a construction zone going on in her belly

You check the pregnancy test every month, and when it comes up negative it can start to wear on you

A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman,Are the handsomest two things that can be seen common

Angelina has made pregnancy and motherhood fashionable. She’s expanded the notion of what a family is, and that has a great deal of impact

Pregnant women! They had that weird frisson, an aura of magic that combined awkwardly with an earthy sense of duty. Mundane, because they were nothing unique on the suburban streets; ethereal because their attention was ever somewhere else. Whatever you said was trivial. And they had that preciousness which they imposed wherever they went, compelling attention, constantly reminding you that they carried the future inside, its contours already drawn, but veiled, private, an inner secret.

Every woman while she would be ready to die of shame if surprised in the act of generation, nonetheless carries her pregnancy without a trace of shame and indeed with a kind of pride. The reason is that pregnancy is in a certain sense a cancellation of the guilt incurred by coitus; thus coitus bears all the shame and disgrace of the affair, while pregnancy, which is so intimately associated with it, stays pure and innocent and is indeed to some extent sacred.

Yesterday I saw a child wearing a T-shirt that said, “If you love me, don’t feed me junk food.” I was delighted to see this, but I also know how difficult it can be to feed our children well, particularly when the foods that are most convenient and the most heavily advertised are often the ones we should avoid. Joel Fuhrman’s new book is a blessing, because it makes it so much easier. It is excellent, and full of clarity, wisdom, and guidance you can trust. It can indeed give you the power to shape your child’s health destiny

If you think about it, if you’re concealing or denying the pregnancy, you really don’t have a plan. Sometimes they’re denying it to themselves

Every day a parent asks, “When is your pediatric nutrition book coming out?” Parents are eager for information. They don’t know what to feed their kids. They know that the diet of their household and of their community are unhealthy, but they don’t know what to do. They are stumped because they want to make changes, but they don’t know how to get their kids to like healthy foods. This book has the answers. Not only will it explain what a healthy diet is, it will show you how to implement the best diet for your children in such a way that they will love it, eat it, and adopt a healthy approach to nutrition that will last a lifetime.

I begin to love this creature,and to anticipate her birthas a fresh twist to a knot,which I do not wish to untie

Without any evidence, the report just asserts that increased access to contraception reduces the numbers of unintended pregnancies and therefore abortions. But that assumption is unwarranted

Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart

If men were equally at risk from this conditionâ€șif they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trainsâ€șthen I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies.

If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.

If men were equally at risk from this condition — if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains — then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies

Pregnancy is a disease from which you recover in 18 years and 9 months

Bill is striving for common ground reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, getting to a place where there are fewer and fewer and fewer abortions. One of the great things about campaigning is you get to define and redefine yourself, and that’s what Bill Ritter is doing right now

There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can’t get it

Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain — your life will never be the same

There’s a marketing scheme that tells you that pregnancy and child rearing will make you into a moron, that your kids are only happy when you’re buying them stuff. It’s hard being a parent, but I laugh a lot and smile a lot and really enjoy it. The ratio of laughter to sadness is higher. There’s part of me that wants to broadcast that. Parenting only affirmed what I already cared about, and that’s good

On her breast size increase during pregnancy: I even make Jordan look normal.

With every rising of the sun, Think of your life as just begun. The past has shrived and buried deep All yesterdays; there let them sleep. Concern yourself with but today, Woo it, and teach it to obey Your will and wish. Since time began Today has been the friend of man; But in his blindness and his sorrow, He looks to yesterday and tomorrow. You, and today! a soul sublime, And the great pregnant hour of time, With God himself to bind the twain! Go forth, I say-attain, attain! With God himself to bind the twain!

Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.

That’s typical Gabrielle, … Marc has a very clever plan for this pregnancy. It’s going to turn her world upside down

Back in the days when men were hunters and chest beaters and women spent their whole lives worrying about pregnancy or dying in childbirth, they often had to be taken against their will. Men complained that women were cold, unresponsive, frigid. They wanted their women wanton. They wanted their women wild. Now women were finally learning to be wanton and wild — and what happened? The men wilted

Telegram to a friend who had just become a mother after a prolonged pregnancy: Good work, Mary. We all knew you had it in you

I gained 80 pounds for my pregnancy so this is like my coming out party.

Over the last decade or so ‘wars’ have been proclaimed, in turn, on teen pregnancy, dropping out, drugs, and most recently violence. The trouble with such campaigns, though, is that they come too late, after the targeted problem has reached epidemic proportions and taken firm root in the lives of the young. They are crisis intervention, the equivalent of solving a problem by sending an ambulance to the rescue rather than giving an inoculation that would ward off the disease in the first place. Instead of more such ‘wars,’ what we need is to follow the logic of prevention, offering our children the skills for facing life that will increase their chances of avoiding any and all of these fates

No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.

My family and friends and Rene and the pregnancy fulfilled me with so much love

Feeling fat lasts nine months but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever

What’s that on the telly?It’s an angel sent from God…Growing in my belly…Like a sweet pea in a pod!

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry

Before you were conceived I wanted youBefore you were born I loved youBefore you were here an hour I would die for youThis is the miracle of Mother’s Love

What is frequently lost in translation is that our pregnancy rates are anywhere from 40 to 60% higher than other areas of the world

Pregnancy demonstrates the deterministic character of woman’s sexuality. Every pregnant woman has body and self taken over by a chthonian force beyond her control. In the welcome pregnancy, this is a happy sacrifice. But in the unwanted one, initiated by rape or misadventure, it is a horror. Such unfortunate women look directly into nature’s heart of Darkness. For a fetus is a benign tumor, a vampire who steals in order to live. The so-called miracle of birth is nature getting her own way.

Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love

Pregnant women! They had that weird frisson, an aura of magic that combined awkwardly with an earthy sense of duty. Mundane, because they were nothing unique on the suburban streets; ethereal because their attention was ever somewhere else. Whatever you said was trivial. And they had that preciousness which they imposed wherever they went, compelling attention, constantly reminding you that they carried the future inside, its contours already drawn, but veiled, private, an inner secret

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born

It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant.

Because they’ve either conveniently forgotten with time or they’re trying to be supportive, most mothers won’t tell you how hard pregnancy (and then childbirth) can be. Let me tell you, it is. It’s brutal sometimes! But, if I did it, ANYONE can do it. I mean, I always knew I was meant to do something really BIG in life, and now I know that this was it. Screw winning an Academy Award someday … I GAVE BIRTH

There has never been a time in history when simply being pregnant and giving birth has seemed so complicated. This is because there has never been a time in history when being a woman has seemed so complicated. Whatever gains we imagine we have made in work, in relationships and in the wider culture, the struggle to find a positive definition of what it is to be a woman, particularly in regard to our reproductive lives, is as intense as ever. Nowhere is that struggle felt as keenly as in the arena of pregnancy and birth

I would like to devote my future energies to doing something about the problem of teen pregnancy

Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy, and solving a problem to the day of birth. To investigate a problem is, indeed, to solve it

In pregnancy, there are two bodies, one inside the other. Two people live under one skin…. When so much of life is dedicated to maintaining our integrity as distinct beings, this bodily tandem is an uncanny fact.

In the early stages of a pregnancy, the Government cannot intervene with a woman’s right to choose. That is it, plain and simple. Guess what. We are not going to be big brother or sister, as the case may be. We are going to allow a woman, her doctor, and her God to make that decision.

To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited.

A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside… when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone

The spiritual quality of earth: eternally pregnant and containing in its fertility the unwritten cipher of cosmic lore.

According to the Western model, pregnancy is a disease, menopause is a disease, and even getting pregnant is a disease. Dangerous drugs and devices are given to women, but not to men- just for birth control. I’ve reached the conclusion that to many doctors BEING A WOMAN IS A DISEASE

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children