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Scenes from the Last Month of Pregnancy

Only a month left to go...I wake up every morning and glance at my feet, taking a moment to appreciate the visible tendons. In a few hours, they’ll be obscured by swelling. I might see them again if I take my son swimming and I get to spend an hour with my feet submerged in cool water. But maybe not.

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“Sweetie, don’t lie on Mommy’s belly. It’s doesn’t feel good for Mommy or the baby. I’ll sit up if you want a hug.”

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I mount the basement stairs with a load of laundry and pause at the top to pant like a dog. I rest my hand on the top of my bump as if that would encourage my baby to slide down and give my diaphragm room to work.

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It’s midnight and I’m awake with acid burning my stomach and throat. I reach for the antacids I keep on my bedside table because this happens every night. I eat two and try to get comfortable enough to fall asleep again.

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“Sweetie, can you pick up Mommy’s keys from the floor, please? Thank you.”

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We lock eyes as I step into the pool with my son. She asks when I’m due and I give her the date in June that I’ll deliver. “Lucky,” she says. “I’m July 5″. We chat, two hugely pregnant women in swimsuits, and promise to keep an eye on each other. We’ve never met before but we’re bonded now.

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I stare at my garden and think I could go out and weed before it gets too hot. I imagine lowering myself to the ground and reconsider.

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I wince as a pain shoots across my lower abdomen. I take stock of it and ascertain that it was gas. I’m slightly disappointed that it wasn’t a contraction.

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I stare wistfully at the last few bites of the delicious enchiladas I ordered during a rare lunch with my husband while our son is at a playdate. I want to eat more but there’s no space. I’ll be hungry again in an hour.

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“Hang on sweetie, Mommy needs to pee one more time before we go.”

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The doctor asks how I’m feeling. I laugh.

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“I was  thinking a lot about holding the baby today,” my husband tells me. “I’m ready for your pregnancy to be over.” Yeah. Me, too. Me, too.

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