So Long, Due Date: 40 Weeks, 2 Days, and Still Counting…

This is a Maternity Monday post by still-pregnant guest blogger and teaching artist, Jess Levey. Yup, the time has come, and gone, for the final looooong stretch. Although my husband and I are both very punctual people, I have always been pretty sure that baby would be late.  My due date was January 12th – […]

Nesting for Baby – 2 weeks to go

This is a guest post by Jess Levey as part of Maternity Mondays. We are now at 38 weeks, and as Braxton Hicks contractions (or ‘practice labor surges’ as we say in hypnobirthing) appear as quickly as they dissipate, the reality has definitely set in, that yes, we will soon be experiencing a life changing […]

Anxiety and Motherhood – Can you separate the two?

This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger and arts educator Jess Levey.  This series appears almost every Monday on Beccarama.com Yesterday we received an email from my mother in law in Israel who relayed an emotional story about my sister-in-law’s race from the playground to the bomb shelters while she struggled to carry […]

Sardines and Entenmann’s: Why Some Cravings are Better Than Others

This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger Jess Levey.  This series appears almost every Monday on Beccarama. Well, it is official.  At 27 weeks people now know I am pregnant – thanks in part to my Facebook declaration as well as my now very obvious belly bump, or as I like to call […]

Pregnant in Flats (Because I’m working all the time!)

This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger Jess Levey.  This series appears almost every Monday on Beccarama. I have been taking a break from Maternity Mondays since, well, I have been very busy starting a new teaching job, shooting and editing weddings, and working in my art studio – did I mention, that […]

Pregnant Road Trip – Swollen Feet and a Really Good Audiobook…

This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger Jess Levey.  This series appears every Monday on Beccarama. Well, there is one thing I am sure that I will not do again while pregnant – drive 22 hours roundtrip in a car. Last week, my husband and I made the 11 hour journey to Detroit […]

Is That A Baby in Your Belly or Just Too Many Croissants?

This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger Jess Levey.  This series appears every Monday on Beccarama. So, the other day my neighbor who has lived in my apartment building for 20 years or so, and who likes to bond with people by throwing out insults to them, said to me, upon finding out […]

Making Room for Baby – NYC Style

This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger Jess Levey.  This series appears every Monday on Beccarama. I’m pretty sure my husband is upset with me. Or maybe it’s not me, but just a general sadness for the loss of something he was deeply attached to. Yes, the aggressive nesting has begun, and I […]

Making the Decision to Have an Amniocentesis

I didn’t want an amnio.  I never thought I would need one, even though I am 36 years old. The whole idea of intruding on my baby’s quiet home-made me shiver.  I likened it to throwing bricks on someone’s roof. But, when my nuchal translucency results came back stating that I had an increased risk […]