Daddy Issues

Rosie is Number 1!

The Privilege of Parenting

Ouiji Board Nights

I'm a Believer

Dating Disasters

Bump Up Your Style

Traffic Terror

Dreams Come True

Queen Victoria's Toupee

Simple Needs

Babymoon Bonanza

Fluent in Rosie

Difficult Decisions

Push It

Mr. Roboto

In Da Club

One Size Doesn't Fit All

Epic Moments

Something to Chew On

Bye Bye Baby

An Amazing Journey

The Nanny Olympics

Great News

You Got Served

Gagging the Children

The Root of the Problem

Culture Clash

Phobias and Leather Bandeau Tops

Au Naturel

Edgy and Outdoorsy

Serious Stuff

Lisa's Diary

Fashion Rocks

Scared Like the Rest of Us

Crazy as Usual

Serving and Gagging

Rosie Pope, Negotiator

Mina's Diary

Back to Reality

Holy War

Daddy Issues

Rosie isn't exactly a big fan of Couvades Syndrome.

Couvades Syndrome?! Yep, it’s a real thing. Basically it’s when a man experiences pregnancy symptoms -- from nipple enlargement, sensitive breasts, weight gain, nausea, all the way through to feelings of pain during delivery. There are many fascinating theories about how this is not a new syndrome (so no, men aren't suddenly getting MORE in touch with their feelings in 2012) and that it is a positive thing, since men become more in touch with their partners in pregnancy and preparation to be a dad. After all, many men say that as because they aren't pregnant, they really don't find themselves mentally and emotionally preparing for the baby until it is actually here, whereas a woman has nine months of changes to get used to the idea.

This is all very well and good conjecture, but I have to be honest (if I may), I find the whole syndrome incredibly annoying! I know annoying is a bizarre way to describe it, but let me explain; pregnancy can be tough enough as it is without your partner suddenly requiring some sympathy. It is supposed to be a time when the woman is taken care of, when the man runs out to buy her ice-cream at 2 in the morning, rubs her feet when they are swollen, and is by her bedside to support her during delivery, not being fanned in the emergency room because he collapsed under the stress of his own phantom contractions!

That's right, if my husband required medical attention while I was in labor because of some contractions, I might clock him around the head with the nearest piece of medical equipment I could find! Look, if you experience or know someone experiencing Couvade's Syndrome, I am sure they can't help it, but that doesn't mean I am any less annoyed by the whole thing. Maybe I should do a show called Pregnant, a Man, and Possibly in Heels. But then again that might just be a show with me clocking men around the heads with medical equipment to knock some sense into them while helping ladies through pregnancy!

Shop Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep Classes, read my blog, and meet our experts at Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @rosiepope.

The Privilege of Parenting

Rosie wanted to deal with her own issues so she could be the best parent possible.

People often ask me why I do what I do. I think it is so important for people to understand the passion I have for helping people be the best parents they can be and to get educated about the process. Parenting is truly a privilege. This episode I decided to open up a little about my past to help you understand a little more about where this passion comes from. You were all so supportive when I was honest about my struggles with fertility, so I wanted to be honest with you about my relationship with my own mom as well. The thing is, as parents we help to shape our children. Of course, there are many other things that go into who they become, but parents have a lot to do with it. This honor should be taken so seriously, and I think it’s at the core of what I do.

Honestly at the beginning of the season I had no idea things would take such a personal direction. But finding out I was having a girl and coming to terms with my speech issues brought to the forefront so many issues from my past that I think I had chosen to lock away. I'm good at locking things away in tiny boxes in my head! It’s a survival technique...probably not a good one, but hey, I am a work in progress! Pregnancy is really a time to come to terms with the parts of you that you don't like, because as a parent, we have to love who we are. We have to be proud of ourselves so we can be role models to our children. If there is any self-hate in there, it will get brought out the moment you look into your child's eyes, because you'll want to hide those sides of you and doing that in my opinion always leads to disaster. Children know when you are not being honest with them about whom and what you are.

So I decided to take a long, hard look at who I am, why I do what I do, and to try and get to a better place with what I think about myself so I can be the best role model possible for my children. I hope in some way that understanding better who I am will help all of you in your own lives get to a place of love for yourself. Whether you are becoming a parent, already are a parent, or not one yet a parent, you deserve it! Life is just too short to live so full of pain. If I can do it, so can you.

Shop Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep Classes, read my blog, and meet our experts at Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @.

Read more about: