by Pregnancy.org Staff
After reflecting on the past ten years of Pregnancy.org's journey, we recognize that the true moments to celebrate are the join date anniversaries of our members! We've invited a few to look back and share what brought them to Pregnancy.org, and more importantly, what has kept them here! Here's what they had to say:
From Our Early Years 2001 to 2003
During this time, Pregnancy.org was in our "infant" to "toddler" stage. We were amazed at how swiftly word-of-mouth spread about our site. We knew we had hit the right niche as members were craving a site that was connected to the people it served - that talked with them and not at them.
Rebecca aka feelinfroggie: My Pregnancy.org anniversary date is September 2001 (maybe before that...I can't remember. It was before the site actually launched). I left the boards in 2005 and came back in 2007 while pregnant with my second daughter. I've been here with each of my pregnancies and have learned a lot! What keeps me here (or coming back) is the great sense of support and community.
Rachel aka rachelrazzle: I joined Pregnancy.org in January 2002 after getting my first positive pregnancy test. Ironically enough, I didn't feel very bonded on my birth board, September 2002, and left half way through my pregnancy. Once I had my daughter I wanted to see everyone else's baby and show off my own, so I came back. Now I am so very bonded to all those ladies. We've been friends for over nine years! I have met so many wonderful ladies through these boards. More than I few I've met in person. Many of my in-real-life friends know how much I talk about my online friends and what's going on in their lives. I love it here!
Julie aka julieanddanny: I joined March 2003 just days before our first big fat positive with our now almost eight-year-old girl. My husband actually joined searching for information as we'd already been trying for six months. Maybe joining was part of our good luck charm! Why still here? Look at the list of Birth boards -- I'm on November 2003, July 2005 and May 2010...need I say more?
Angel aka Angelshere: My anniversary date is July 2003. I was fresh out of high school and in a new relationship. I became pregnant and was part of the March 2004 board though I didn't stay due to a loss. Life was throwing me curveballs and Pregnancy.org gave me somewhere to turn. Through two losses, domestic violence and a divorce, there was always someone to help, even if just with a smiley. I ventured away for a while but still lurked until 2008 when I became pregnant again and joined the November 2009 mommies! They are great support and honestly we talk about EVERYTHING! Thanks, Pregnancy.org, for giving us the chance to bond and know one another.
During the Middle Years 2004 to 2007
Like curious preschoolers, we explored various avenues staying firm in our mission to educate, empower, and inspire one another to be the best parents/parents-to-be possible! We enjoyed our members continued contributions to achieving our goals!
HorseMomma: My join date was June 2004. I was curious about getting pregnant...and didn't want to ask any friends. I felt very comfortable here and thought the advice I received was AWESOME! Now I check in every day! I love Pregnancy.org!
momaof2boys: October 2005. I joined after having my second son in July. I was just sitting at work looking for stuff about newborns when I came across this site. I've been here since and have two more children. I've made wonderful friends and always know that I can come here for any advice I need, to vent or just for fun.
pico83: September 2006 is my Pregnancy.org anniversary -- five years this month! My husband and I had gotten married, settled into our first apartment and he had started grad school. I wanted a baby right away, but he wanted to wait several years. I found the Thinking of Conceiving board a perfect fit and made some wonderful friends. Six months later, he changed his mind. I was thrilled to get to join one the December 2007 board. Since then we've added two more boys and I have been so lucky to share my pregnancies, births, and growing boys with such an amazing group of women. We've moved several times, so I haven't been able to form many long-term friendships in real life. It's so helpful knowing the ladies on here are always around when I need them. Thanks so much.
Sandra aka sandraleigh: My anniversary with Pregnancy.org is November 2006! I was a few months pregnant and decided I wanted to keep an online pregnancy journal so I searched around and found the Pregnancy Journals forum. Within a couple of days, I got a private message from someone who had read my journal, and invited me to join the July 2007 Birth Board. I felt so welcomed and made some wonderful friends! Since then I've posted actively on birth boards for all three of my children, and a handful of other boards as well. Pregnancy.org is so much a part of my daily routine that my husband asks when he gets home from work, "Anything new and exciting on the boards today?" I feel like I know so many of these wonderful women personally even though we have never met. This site is the first place I come for help and answers when I need it!
Kristi aka Minz_Kristi: As soon as I discovered I was pregnant I scoured the web and found Pregnancy.org (luckily!). I've stayed because one day I hope to have another little one. Experiencing the whole pregnancy with other women, to me, was amazing. Any questions I had, there was always someone who could answer for me. When my daughter was in hospital after her birth, the support I got from the ladies was so heart-warming. I don't know, it just feels like a little family and you don't have to be pregnant to enjoy this wonderful community.
Joee aka girlisrad: I had been aching for a little one, and without my husband knowing I started tracking cycles and "planning!" I found Pregnancy.org after trying out a few other places (which were awful). I remember lurking on the February 2008 board PRAYING it would be mine...but I had to wait a few more months, and landed in July 2008 where I made amazing friendships! I was also honored to be part of November 2009...where I did not get to stay, but STILL, again, have amazing friends from there. And my final home, July 2010! The ORG has been my everything these years. This is the place I go for comfort, for laughs, for support. Without it, I am not sure I would be who I am today!
The Later Years 2008 to 2011
Pamela aka MrsHooah2U: I joined the Org shortly after my husband left for his second deployment to Iraq. We were hoping to conceive before he deployed but that did not work He was gone from December 2007 to Feburary 2009 and the Org kept me going. I needed the support of these women to get me through my lonely days. They helped me obsess and dream and keep hope that pregnancy and my husband's return was on my horizon! Then we conceived our son and these girls walked me through him leaving for his third deployment. He deployed for his third and final time, leaving me and our five- month-old son behind to wait. He came home to visit us for his mid-tour break and we got pregnant with our daughter! I have cried with these girls, laughed with this girls and disagreed with them, but most of all, I have formed “mom” bonds that are stronger than those of my IRL friends!
Mary aka marymoonu: I joined Pregnancy.org in early 2008. A soon as I started taking the pill to PREVENT pregnancy, it ignited a gigantic baby fever that has really never faded. I started looking up pregnancy online, and was particularly fascinated by the week-by-week updates on fetal development. On Pregnancy.org, I read article after article on all things pregnancy. I learned how to chart my cycles and ended up quitting the birth control pills I had just started. I wanted to be ready when the time came to start trying! It took a while before I discovered the forums and then I "met" some wonderful girls that I still talk to almost every day. They were there for me through my miscarriage, and I've cried for their losses as well. Since joining, I've had two amazing little boys and have had the pleasure of sharing my pregnancies with other girls, as well as getting to share in their joy all the way from TTC to new baby and beyond.
Leigh aka cactuswren: My Pregnancy.org anniversary is October 2009. After two very early miscarriages, we were trying again, and extra nervous! I was hunting for any and all information and support I could find about TTC after a miscarriage. I found the Pregnancy.org forums, and never looked back. And it turned out I got my positive that very month and was able to move very quickly to the June 2010 birth board, and Birthing Naturally board soon after that. The rest is history! I have even made in-real-life friends on Pregnancy.org. It's a resource that's sustained me through one of the biggest changes in life, and I don't know what I would have done without it!
Wendy aka ange84: December 2009 is my Pregnancy.org anniversary. I had lost my Grandad in October and we had moved back closer to family not long after. I told hubby on our wedding anniversary I wanted to trying to conceive. I started searching the internet for information on charting and getting pregnant. I found a birth board and started posting and now the ladies on my board are like friends or family. This site has been an amazing support from trying to conceive to raising my little man and everything between.
Elizabeth aka yellow.rose.of.canada: I joined in Jan 2010. I was pregnant at the time and had experienced bleeding and was looking for answers. Because of the bleeding, I lurked on the June 2010 board for a few months before being assured of a healthy pregnancy and joining. The women I met on the June 2010 board are amazing. A lot of them are firm believers in natural childbirth, and actually taught me a lot about having a natural childbirth myself. I think I really owe them for that. After having a miscarriage this May, I've gotten to know the girls on the Trying to Conceive After a Loss board. They have been so supportive and encouraging. It's helped me heal from that heartbreak and prepare myself to try again.
Looking Forward to the Future
Pregnancy.org has many wonderful plans in store. We remain committed to our original and on-going mission developed so many years ago. As a "veteran" parenting and pregnancy site, we recognize there's still lots to do together! Thank you for choosing to join our site and being part of our Pregnancy.org family! We invite you to share your own "Pregnancy.org Anniversary" story in the comments below. We alway love to hear from you!
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