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All Things Pregnancy

Vivid or Strange Dreams During Pregnancy
April 14, 2017 8:00 am | by

Many women report having more vivid dreams during pregnancy and that seems to be related to a myriad of factors – hormone shifts, increased sleeplessness, and wakefulness. Many mothers report that their dreams become more vivid and life-like during pregnancy. Some women who never remembered their nightly dreams before may find they are able to clearly recall dreams now. Other women will experience lucid dreams where some level of interaction with, or control over the dream is possible. The dreams during pregnancy may be more frightening and scary with thoughts of something being wrong with the baby, with their spouse,

 
Third Trimester Pregnancy Developments
March 16, 2017 8:00 am | by

You are almost there! It may feel like your baby’s arrival is so far away, but you are in the home stretch now. During the third trimester you’ll probably finish preparing for baby’s arrival, decorating the nursery room, and gathering all your postpartum supplies. Emotional Feelings During the Third Trimester Forgetful – The joke about women having “pregnancy brain” is no joke! Between all the shifting hormones and so much focus on the upcoming baby, it is no wonder pregnant women can forget what they went to the store for. While this lack of concentration and mental focus may be annoying,

 
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
March 15, 2017 8:00 am | by

Morning sickness is a normal part of early pregnancy for about 80-90% of women. I think the term “morning sickness” was coined by working men who only saw their wives nausea in the mornings before they left for work. Many women I know have days when their nauseous feelings last all hours. Not every woman experiences morning sickness, however, and if you are one of these fortunate ladies, please keep your good fortune to yourself out of pity for the rest of us. Morning sickness is usually worse during the first trimester and very few women experience nausea throughout their

 
Signs and Symptoms of Labor
March 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

As you near the end of your pregnancy you can become anxious and eager to see the baby. You may have been experiencing signs and symptoms that may seem like labor, such as Braxton Hicks contractions, what I call “warm-up” contractions. These can begin days or weeks before you actual go into labor. So, what at what point does that warm-up turn into the real thing? Remember labor has three stages and for some mothers the shift from warm-up to active labor happens so gradually you’re well into active labor before you realize it. For others you may have a prolonged period

 
Figuring Your Estimated Due Date
March 10, 2017 11:00 am | by

Congratulations on your new pregnancy! One of the first things a women usually does in her first trimester is to figure out her estimated due date. You can use a similar technique your health care provider will use to figure out your estimated due date, or EDD. A doctor or midwife will figure your initial EDD, by figuring from your last normal menstrual period (LNMP). They will take the first day of your last period and add 266 days (or 38 weeks) to figure your estimated due date. This gives an estimate of your due date but it isn’t 100%

 
Second Trimester Pregnancy Changes
March 8, 2017 8:00 am | by

The second trimester is a time of relief, both physically and emotionally, for many women. With more energy, and less morning sickness, you might find that you are better able to wrap your mind around the reality of your pregnancy. Emotional Changes of the Second Trimester of Pregnancy If you had avoided telling people during your first trimester, your growing waistline, and growing confidence in the reality of this pregnancy, means you are likely to break the news now. You might feel more alive, more sexy and more energetic than you have in weeks. On the other hand, you might

 
First Trimester of Pregnancy Developments
March 2, 2017 8:00 am | by

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! This is a time of many changes right from the start. The first three months of pregnancy are known as the first trimester. This period covers weeks 1-12 and there are a lot of changes that happen and physical challenges to overcome for some women. Emotional Changes of the First Trimester The feelings a mother may go through the first trimester can vary a great deal depending on her situation. Perhaps you’ve been trying to conceive and news of your positive pregnancy status has you elated. Or perhaps you are concerned about a tough financial or marital situation and

 
Baby Registry Etiquette & How To
February 24, 2017 8:00 am | by

Sometimes pregnant mothers can be confused about how to register for baby gifts before a baby shower without seeming tacky or rude. Here are some tips to help. Is a Baby Shower Gift Registry Tacky, Rude, or Inappropriate? No! Most people appreciate being able to quickly and easily find a baby shower gift that will be something they are sure you will need or want. This is especially helpful for matching nursery décor, infant items in a certain color theme or for subsequent pregnancies when you may already have many baby items. Shower guests and other well-wishers may still choose

 
Preparing for a Homebirth
February 20, 2017 8:00 am | by

Every year in the United States over 3 million babies are born. And more and more mothers are carefully considering their birth place options. While the majority of those births will happen in hospitals, for about 1% of the population, home is where they choose to birth. The reasons for choosing an out of hospital birth are varied, but it is very important to be prepared. Interview and Choose your Midwife I recommend researching about midwives, what they do, and what to expect. Midwives Alliance of North America, MANA, is a fantastic resource for this. To find a certified midwife, you

 
Pregnancy Nutrition With Free Printable
February 17, 2017 11:00 am | by

Nutrition for pregnancy actually begins months before becoming pregnant. The March of Dimes recommends that all women of childbearing age take a folic acid supplement of at least 400mcg daily. This important vitamin prevents birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord. The maternal stores of folic acid for the three months prior to getting pregnant determine baby’s brain and spinal cord development and helps prevent NTD (neural tube defects). Once pregnant, folic acid requirements increase to 600-800 mcg daily. Folic acid is obtained through vitamin supplements, prenatal vitamins and enriched food items such as cereal, breads and grains.