If you're pregnant and more than four weeks away from the due date for your baby, you obviously don't want to be going into labor. If you are facing this crisis, however, the solution may be as simple as drinking more water.
After having 2 problem-free pregnancies, I was surprised to find myself having regular contractions at 30 weeks gestation during my 3rd pregnancy. I had been having frequent Braxton-Hicks contractions, but on one particular evening, they were coming every 5 minutes, lasting about a minute each. They didn't hurt, but I knew this was nothing to be ignored. Continue reading
To be human is to experience -- infrequently and unexpectedly -- a crisis which makes you think your world is coming to an end. Most of the time, it turns out to be no big deal.
I was 26 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. The 2nd trimester had been good to me: increased energy, better appetite, minimal discomfort. Surprisingly, though, I'd had more round ligament pains (those sharp, stabbing lower abdominal pains that can occur on either side) than I'd had in previous pregnancies.
On this particular morning I woke up, drank some diluted juice, and sat down at the computer to do some bookkeeping before the kids woke up. Slowly a round ligament pain started growing & building on my right lower abdomen. Usually mild and short-lived, I was surprised when this one kept building in intensity. I found myself gritting my teeth, breathing deeply, trying to work through the pain, waiting for it to lessen and stop. At one point the pain became so severe that I started seeing wavy black lines and thought that I might pass out. Continue reading
Several years ago, I was at a high school reunion, gathered with a group of 5-6 of my classmates. Someone asked what I had been up to lately: how I was supporting my growing family.
"I'm trying to do it by farming."
Awkward silence. Continue reading
We are a family of 6 living in Tennessee. Several years ago we lived in rural Alabama and had a homestead there. At that time we purchased the harrisonfarm domain. Though we are not currently on a farm, we may be one day in the future, so we're holding onto this domain and writing about various things that interest us.