Women wearing a black t-shirt knitting orange yarn. She is visibly pregnant.


It may seem like I should be comfortable writing about this pregnancy by now, but the truth is I still feel like I am tempting fate every time I talk about it. Still, I am trying to hold space for that fear. And excitement. And gratitude. And grief. So that’s what I wrote about. I hope this essay resonates with anyone who is trying to move forward with authenticity after one of life’s curveballs.


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Hi, I’m Emily.

I’m a Minnesota-based freelance writer and hold a master’s degree in psychology. My helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. When I’m not writing, I love baking with my two young children and long walks without them.


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