Shoe Size During Pregnancy – Do Your Feet Really Get Bigger?

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Swollen Feet During Pregnancy You may find your shoes are no longer that comfortable during the second and third trimesters and one of the culprits may be swelling of your feet. Pregnancy triggers many changes in your body and lots of things tend to get bigger, including your feet! During pregnancy, the extra fluid in [... Continue Reading ]

Missing Classes?

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If you are signed up for one of the dozen or more free online classes or newsletters, you may not know about this neat little trick. If you're missing a newsletter or class or simply want to work ahead, simply click the "Missing a lesson?" link at the bottom of any of the other course newsletters or classes and you can select which classes you need. They will be immediately emailed to you.

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Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!

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Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton, is expecting her first baby in the fall. She announced her pregnancy this week via her Facebook page. She married Marc Mezvinsky...

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Easter is Around the Corner

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Easter is this weekend. This means that there are a lot of families that will begetting together for family functions. This is often a time when families decide to go ahead and throw a baby shower, because so many people are already gathered. If you're having a shower this weekend, here are some fun Easter inspired games:

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Practice Contractions

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No one really wants to think about contractions as being for "practice." I mean, we talk about contractions, like they are really horrible and painful, so why would you want to play around with them? The truth is contraction, as a word, and as a thing to experience, has gotten a bad reputation. While typically we think about the contractions of labor, all of our muscles contract and extend all day and night long. These contractions don't get as much press, so why are uterine contractions so much more fun to talk about?

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Ode to a Tennis Ball in Labor

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As a doula, I've had my fair share of tools that I can use in labor to help make a mom more comfortable. The truth is, there is one labor support tool that has stood the test of time - the tennis ball. I know, it's simple. It's iconic with it's yellow, fuzzy skin. It's amazingly helpful. It's easy to use and feels good to those in pain. So, do you want to know the secrets to using this inexpensive wonder tool? Here you go: 7 Ways to Use a Tennis Ball in Labor

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8 Things You Worry Will Happen at Your Baby Shower

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I was talking to a friend who is pregnant with her first baby the other day. She said something that really surprised me. She told me that she was really worried about her baby shower. I was a bit confused, why would anyone worry about a baby shower?

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Healthy From the Start

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April 7-14, 2014 is National Public Health Week. Each day they have a theme and today's theme is: Healthy From the Start. This is such an important topic when you think of pregnancy. There is so much influence that we can have over the health of our pregnancies and the future health of our children.

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Water Birth Data Shows Safety for Moms and Babies

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American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) has published data from nearly 4,000 water births. This data showed that largely most of the negative outcomes that many worry about with water birth were either not found at all or were lower than the non-water birth counterparts. What they did stress was that it was important to have training for the practitioner in water birth, but also in just general, anticipatory skills for caring for laboring women and helping those out of the water if problems were predicted to occur.

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Getting Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start

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Breastfeeding is an important topic for many mothers. If you're wondering what you can do to help get things off on the right foot, I've got six great tips for your from a lactation consultant and mom. I have to say that when I first started learning about breastfeeding, some of the things we know now weren't discussed. So read these tips and come back and tell me if a few don't surprise you (like #3).

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Signs You’re Miscarrying

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When you're early in pregnancy, every twinge can send you panicking to the bathroom to check for blood. Spotting or bleeding are the signs that most people know to look for as a symptom of miscarriage. The problem is that there can be other signs or even no signs. This can make it difficult to tell when something is wrong with your pregnancy.

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