Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, but thankfully a first time mom can get her hands on the next best thing: a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  The comprehensive guide arms you with information on everything from pregnancy symptoms and sex to postpartum care and breastfeeding. Enter to win the bestselling book as well as the companion journal.


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Ask a question: Post a question about pregnancy in the comment box.




Share your story: Tell us a bit about your journey to motherhood.  How long did it take you to conceive?  What was your reaction when you found out you were expecting?  What did your significant other/family say when you shared the news?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

2 Responses

  1. Treii

    I am a first time mom to be and Im scared out of my wits. My journey to pregnancy was pretty average; we had been trying to get pregnant in December 2011 and were by April 2012. On the whole, this has been a great pregnancy with minor things. I’m very excited to meet my son and see this person who has been overtaking my body. He’s due in Jan 2013.

  2. Trista

    I just got married and my husband and I definitely would like to have children one day! While we’re in no rush because we would like to enjoy being “newlyweds,” we know that we can’t too long due to our ages. So, with that being said…I’m at least starting to prepare my body for conception. So, are there any foods I should avoid during this time (i.e., tuna due to mercury, etc.) or should I not worry about that until after conception?


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