DIY Wax: Our Not-So-Scary Experience and Tips for Smooth Success

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Home waxing has always made me nervous. I have sensitive skin and have heard horror stories. The image of microwaving wax and spilling it all over my hardwood floors kept running through my mind. But a mama doesn't always have time to get to the salon for professional treatment, so when I received a …
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5 Beauty Products for a Polished Post-Workout Look

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I have a confession: I love products, mainly beauty products. If I could play in beauty products and make-up all day long without being judged, I would. I follow blogs and shop out of beauty catalogs, all the while my husband shakes his head at my growing collection. Even after workouts, I try to …
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What Pregnancy Workout Modifications Look Like

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When you get pregnant, it can throw you and your workouts for a loop. You might feel so sick and so overwhelmingly fatigued that you can't fathom a workout. But on days you feel up to working out --- or once you get your energy back --- you likely want to keep up with your workouts. But what is safe …
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Toning It Up Below the Belt: Two DVDs That Support Pelvic Floor Health

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Pregnancy and childbirth can leave the area below the belt a bit of a war zone. My pelvis hurt during pregnancy, and now, six weeks later, it's improving but I'm still recovering and experiencing pain here and there. And the process of having to support a lot of extra weight can wreak havoc on the …
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99 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks

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We've got 99 pregnancy snacks and a Cheeto ain't one! Because we polled you awesome readers and all the FBM writers to put together a rather epic list of healthy pregnancy snacks for you to nosh on! We know that when you're pregnant, you're hungry. Like NOW. And your usual go-to snack after a few …
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Are You Suffering from Postpartum Depression?

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Within a day of giving birth, I was filling out a postpartum depression screening form at the hospital. It asked how I was coping, if I was still seeing the bright side of things, and whether I was crying more or less than usual. It always strikes me as a little funny because I can't imagine …
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Why Mom Friends Are Essential When You’re Pregnant

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Ever since I found out I was pregnant, Erin has been my unicorn mom friend. She was --- and continues to be --- this constant source of magical information of all things pregnancy, babies and motherhood because, well, she's done it three times. And that much experience makes for one hell of a mom …
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How to Make Your Unhealthy Pregnancy Food Cravings Healthier

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So, I'll be the first to admit that I didn't eat the healthiest during my first trimester. And when you're struck with the worst morning sickness, fatigue and food aversions, it can be hard to get (and keep!) anything down --- let alone healthy food. However, between my pregnancy experience and all …
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8 Online Workouts for When You’re Stuck at Home

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Every mom has been there: You're in the mood to work out but the thought of bundling up the kiddos and facing cold weather and rain to get to the gym sounds like the least appealing thing in the world. Or the kids have runny noses and you can't get out even though you feel fine. That's when online …
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What Diastasis Recti Looks Like During Pregnancy

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When I was pregnant, I got a cold and a terrible cough. I coughed so much one night that my abs were actually sore the next morning. When I mentioned it to my husband (a super-smart scientist, by the way), he said, "You have abs?" And he didn't mean it in a snarky way because I looked like I had a …
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