Pregnancy, Pee and Preterm Labor Paranoia

Pregnant Examined By A Doctor

So it's no secret that ever since my first preterm delivery at 35 weeks that I've been a little paranoid about history repeating itself. Thinking it was a total fluke with my first, I was so unprepared when, at 34 weeks, 6 days, I went into labor with my second child. This time, I'm determined to be …
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11 Tips for First Trimester Workouts

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You may be lucky in pregnancy and miss out on dreaded morning sickness. But practically universally, one early pregnancy symptom that is unavoidable is the exhaustion. The fatigue and sleepiness that sets in during the first trimester is like nothing I've ever experienced before. Struggling to make …
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Going Au Natural With Beauty Products

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When I get pregnant, I always become hyper aware of the chemicals surrounding me on a daily basis. I don't go overboard in avoiding them or anything --- it's pretty much impossible to avoid all soaps and detergents and shampoos and cleaning products --- but there are certain chores I don't do …
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Pregnancy Update: Hello, Third Trimester!

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I hit 28 weeks of pregnancy last week, so by all accounts, I'm officially in my third trimester. I'm not exactly sure where the time went, and I simultaneously want to speed up and get to the end of this pregnancy and hit pause because it's going way too fast. Physically, it's getting tougher and …
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Knocked-Up Fitness Book and DVDs: Your Guide to a Fit Pregnancy

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Erica Ziel and I go back. Way back. Well, not too far, but the pregnancy fitness guru and I have done a couple of pregnancy and fitness-related Google Hangouts together and the woman knows her fit pregnancy stuff. She makes fitness accessible. Plus, she's got three kiddos and eased some of my fears …
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10 Things to Do Before Trying to Conceive

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When you know you want to have kids, it can be so exciting to start the countdown to when you're going to start trying to conceive. But when you're not actively trying, it can feel like you're twiddling your thumbs, just waiting for time to pass until you can try. But even if you're not actively …
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Not All Pregnancy Symptoms Can Be Prevented by Eating Right and Exercising

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Maybe it's just because I'm tired and grumpy and still feeling terrible, but when I read this article recently about Stacy Keibler's wonderful pregnancy, it rubbed me the wrong way. In it she shares that she hasn't had one day where she's been sick or tired. She's had a ton of energy, and she's very …
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When Is It Time to Expand Your Family?

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When is the right time to think about having a baby --- again? I am almost positive that there is no right answer to this question. There are families expanding all around me, even our own Fit Bottomed Mama Erin is expecting! This announcement got me to thinking more about my little family and …
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Prenatal Workout with Stability Ball (Or…a Great Beginner Postpartum Workout)

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I've been getting most of my working out in on the Zumba dance floor, but there are definitely days when I'm not able to make it to the gym --- or just don't have the energy to get there, if I'm being totally honest. So some days I bust out the light weights and stability ball and get to work in the …
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