Pregnant and Loving It

Shanna, age 18, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

The experience of being pregnant has brought me so much joy I never believed possible. Some things about pregnancy in the media are overrated. At least I think so. I'm not crazy about the idea, but when God brings you a precious gift, you embrace it and fall naturally into the role of a mother.

Would you believe there are things that go off your list of foods once you become pregnant, like some types of fish? Not that I'm a big shark eater, but it still is something to wow about. I mean, no cream cheese, which has lots of calcium. When I became pregnant my teeth became so horrible. I've gotten my first two cavities since, and even experienced a tooth breaking while flossing. You couldn't imagine looking down and seeing that those chunks of food were tooth fragments and not at all edible.

Also, my dreams have become so real. Doctors believe your dreams become more realistic. I have awakened in a cold sweat a couple of times because I imagined I felt the cold air from my dream. I know ... weird, right? Only thing that makes me a little self-conscious is realizing that my little pudge kicks, and sometimes I get the visual of my daughter's hand - it's kind of cool actually.

Being a college student and being pregnant is not at all bad. I thought everyone would stare and judge me. The minute I began showing I started wearing more jackets and darker colored clothes, but you wouldn't believe how many people on a college campus have children. I received so much mental support I never thought imaginable. What I've learned through this whole experience is to not be ashamed, but embrace my coming into motherhood, because there are people who will never be able to experience it.

As of now, I am 8 months, and I have only gained 10 pounds. I'm feeling great and happy, except for the times I'm not able to breathe, but I get on with it. Also, peeps, don't believe the hype that you get huge, because I still fit into all of my same clothes. I haven't bought maternity clothes yet.

Once June 28th rolls around, I'll be able to get writing about being a mom, which I'm sure is something people would like to hear about. Be happy, be healthy, and live life to its fullest.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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