Spacefem's Weekly Wikipedia Pregnancy Blog: 22 weeks pregnant

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5 22W,0D 154Elective caesarean section
5 22W,1D 155Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
5 22W,2D 156American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
5 22W,3D 157Nesting instinct
5 22W,4D 158Baby shower
5 22W,5D 159Barbara Vernon
5 22W,6D 160Glucose tolerance test

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I call shenanigans on a lot of nesting, especially in pregnancy communities.

I see women who are four months pregnant posting pictures of complete, coordinated, fully decorated nurseries and calling it "nesting". Oh please! You just love to shop. Don't try to blame your pregnancy hormones. If you've been slowing down to gaze at crib mobiles at Target since you were 13, it's not "nesting" that makes you want to cute up a room of your house, it's because you want to decorate!

Now, I think there is real nesting, towards the very very end of pregnancy. But it's weird. You hear stories of women who have to break out a toothbrush to properly clean the underside of the toaster. I ironed a full set of curtains when I was in early labor, and my house has five windows per room. That's nesting.

For what it's worth, I also refuse to believe in pregnancy brain. Pregnancy does not make you dumber. Women are brilliant. I'll hand it to you that pregnancy can be a bit distracting, especially in the second half when there's some kind of monkey-acrobat kicking your insides. But you're still fabulous and intelligent. Own it!

Oh but back to stuff. Baby showers are on this week's topic list, and let me tell you they can go bad if you're not careful. I boycotted baby showers for five years after one tragic summer where I just SNAPPED and couldn't take one more chocolate-in-the-diaper game. Here's my general advice for things to know before planning yours:

I loved my baby shower, we played "pin the fetus on the spacefem", there were crafts and stickers, my sister and best friend made some adorable monster cupcakes. I had one with out-of-town family too... all the aunts and cousins who've known me all my life and were so happy that I was pregnant. Just keep the baby showers fun, ladies. No poop games.

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