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Late Pregnancy Discomforts

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Everyone complains about the beginning of pregnancy being so rough. That means that when they hit the end of pregnancy many are shocked that they find a return of some of the nasty symptoms of pregnancy, plus some!  The third trimester doesn't have to be so rough...

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Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!

Friday April 18, 2014

Chelsea Clinton

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, an investment banker, in 2010. This is a first child for both. Bill Clinton said that he is excited to add grandfather-to-be to his Twitter bio.

Apparently, Hillary Clinton had been asking when she would be having a baby. (Many of us have to deal with this in our own families.) Last year Chelsea had told Glamour Magazine that this would be the year of the baby.

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Missing Classes?

Friday April 18, 2014

Missing lessons

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.

Which classes have you signed up for so far? Sign up today!

Easter is Around the Corner

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Baby with Easter Eggs

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:

What are you planning?

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Practice Contractions

Monday April 14, 2014
Mom holding Birth Ball to Belly

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?

Well, the contractions of labor signal a huge change - the coming of a baby. The truth is, your uterus contracts all through your pregnancy, you just typically don't pay it much notice until it has gotten itself a rhythm (also known as labor). Sometimes you notice these contractions as cramps or Braxton Hicks contractions. The word practice comes into play, when it's not really labor but seems like it might be labor.

Do you know how to time contractions? This can show you whether you are practicing or expecting the real thing.

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