Stephanie Benavidez

Stephanie is newly married and expecting her first child in October. She is a writer/editor for a wellness company, and also owns her own company, Fresh Picked Words, Inc. She loves to read, cook and entertain, and all things pretty. Check out her website at www.freshpickedwords.com. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest @freshpickdwords and Instagram at @freshpickedwords.

An Open Letter to My Baby Girl

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Dear Baby, Hello, my precious angel. I cannot wait to meet you. We literally have just days until you could be here. Daddy and I are so ready to get this party started! We sometimes feel like we're just in "wait mode" and sitting around looking at each other and waiting for you. Okay, we're... read more

6 Lifesavers I Couldn’t Get Through Pregnancy Without

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Everyone's pregnancy is different. I happened to have a pretty damn great pregnancy. I had minimal nausea, no puking, normal weight gain -- I really don't have any major complaints! But I've also had my terrible mood swings, bad gas, aches and pains in my back and legs (hello charlie horses!),... read more

5 Things Every Mom-to-Be Must Do Before Baby Arrives

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I came up with a plan during my eighth month of pregnancy to go on mini-dates with myself until I have my baby girl. I know my life is about to change -- obviously, in a good way! -- but knowing that my freedom is no longer going to be whenever the heck... read more

The 10 Most Annoying Things You’ll Hear During Your Pregnancy

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Okay, I blame my hormones, (I'm 37 weeks now!) but for real, most people have lost the art of conversation when it comes to being knocked up. There are other things going on in my life other than the beach ball consuming my midsection! (Also, don't stare. Didn't your mother teach you not... read more

Why I’m Being So Proactive About Getting My Breast Pump Covered by My Insurance

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Are you planning on breastfeeding? If so, you might want to get really acquainted with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or sometimes commonly referred to as Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, but one of the most important parts of that law requires commercial and private insurers to cover... read more

The 4 Books That Got Me Through Becoming a Mom

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Panic is setting in for me. I'm in the home stretch and now starting to get a little fidgety knowing my sweet baby girl will be here in 10 weeks (here's to hoping that I'm right on schedule with my due date!). So much to learn. So little time. Having a... read more

Why Don’t People Help Pregnant Women Anymore?!

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I believe I am an independent and strong woman but I feel that during pregnancy women should get a"free pass." While I don't think this gives preggo's carte blanche to act entitled and irritable toward everyone around them, I do think giving them a helping hand is not too much to ask. Let me explain why. In...

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Pregnancy Brain: How to Deal When It Happens to You

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A typical evening for me Monday through Friday is pretty mundane. Come home from work. Get dressed in comfy clothes. Load washer/dryer, dishwasher, etc... Relax. You get the point. However, I only half did most of my "chores." Sure, I unloaded and loaded the washer, dryer and dishwasher, but I forgot to press "start" on at... read more

5 Tips to Help Moms-to-Be Find the Perfect OB-GYN

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Sadly, I broke up with my OB/Gyn this week. She was like an older sister minus the fighting and stealing my clothes. It was a tough decision, as you can imagine -- we had a good run for over a decade. There was no botched medical advice or a front desk mishap. I left... read more

Why I’m Terrified to Shop for a Maternity Wardrobe

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I recently found myself at the Mall of America because of a work trip. I meandered with my coworker/friend and suggested I check out the maternity stores since I didn't have to pay sales tax (woo hoo!). I should mention that I have been putting off buying maternity clothes for several reasons: I'm in denial... read more