SISTERLY TALK : Real Stories from Real Women — Perimenopause

Pregnant at 40

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Pregnant at 40

Because every woman has her own journey. I’ve never had much luck with men. Long-term relationships, and commitment just weren’t my thing. I partially attribute this to my upbringing. My parents are from Japan; and growing up, my dad had all the authority in our family of three. I cannot say my mom had an issue with it. She never spoke badly of him or went against any of his wishes. Not even the slightest attempt - whatsoever. He was always right, regardless of the situation. She wouldn’t even attend dinner with friends against his will.  She genuinely felt secure...

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Her Pregnancy, My Baby

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Her Pregnancy, My Baby

Because every woman has her own journey. January 2016 in Dover, Vermont. Snow is falling, it’s 17 degrees out, and my husband has two layers of pajamas underneath a thick wool blanket to keep warm.  Somehow, I’m drenched in my own sweat, chugging my bedside iced water, and my fresh blow-out has completely frizzed up in a matter of hours. Heads up-- I’ve had anxiety my entire life: anxiety about everything. School, money, family, friendships, and work. Yet this anxiety is borderline unbearable. Rewind to my earlier years. I’m originally from Bellows Falls. My parents struggled with alcoholism, my younger...

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