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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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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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Ode to a Tennis Ball in Labor

Thursday April 10, 2014

Tennis Balls for Labor Support

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

Need some more ideas for ways to relieve pain in labor?

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8 Things You Worry Will Happen at Your Baby Shower

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Baby Shower Group Photo

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?

So she started rattling off a list of things that could go wrong. I felt like maybe she was being a bit of a worrier. (She has a tendency to do that...)  And then I read a story where one of her fears really happened (to Jenna Bush Hager).

Do your baby shower fears make the list: 8 Things You Worry Will Happen at Your Baby Shower

If your fears aren't on the list, put them in the comments.

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