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Mothers in Medicine: Not Just for Moms

I am so honored to be one of the new regular contributors at Mothers in Medicine! MiM is a group blog that has been around since 2008 as a forum for female physicians to share their unique experiences navigating roles in both medicine and family matters.

The regular contributors range in specialty from pathology to OB to surgery to pediatrics... to many other fields, now including mine. In addition, the contributors vary in their level of training from premed students all the way to full-fledged attendings. While there are now 22 regular contributors generating posts at least a couple times a week, the site also welcomes Q&A and occasional guest posts. They even occasionally do topic weeks with a post from each contributor on an interesting subject, such as "a day in my life" or "how medicine has changed me".

This important blog is not just for mothers, nor exclusively for doctors. The wide subject matter presented could be useful reading for anyone in the thro…

Shoe-drop thinking: How to let go of the past?

(Yes, there is something growing in there!)
I'm pregnant, again... I'm almost 10 weeks along and definitely feeling symptoms of first trimester pregnancy this time.

No big announcements, clever texts or Facebook posts, no balloons or flowers or drama. Just quiet and cautious happiness... somewhat. You see, it's actually been difficult to enjoy the good news because I'm suffering from self-proclaimed "shoe-drop thinking"; things are going well, so when will the other shoe drop? When will that bad thing happen, you know, because something bad always happens?

I've felt exhausted on a new level, and the nausea started on cue right at 6 weeks. The occasional tugging in my lower abdomen signals the growing pains of my uterus (even though there's not much visible outward growth yet). I've had three ultrasounds that show perfectly-timed fetal growth and a strong heartbeat.

But when I have a day where I feel more energetic, I think maybe it's all over.…