3 Rules When Planning for Childbirth

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I never wrote a birth plan. I can't even remember if I planned to, as I pretty much let my doctors know that the plan was for an unmedicated birth and left it at that. Besides, I had a doula and a husband who knew The Plan, so I figured they'd stand up for what I wanted when I was in pain. Well, as …
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Our Favorite Pregnancy Apps and Sites

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During pregnancy there are so many questions. Is that weird stabbing feeling normal? What are Braxton Hicks? What do I do about this low back pain? And importantly: What should I name my baby? While some of your questions only a doctor should answer, there are a number of great sources for pregnancy …
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Maternity Clothing to Show Off — and Work Out — Your Bump

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Now that my baby bump is undeniable (strangers are starting to comment and ask when I'm due with no fear these days), I've pretty much grown out of all of my normal clothes. I have a few big sweatshirts, workout tanks and stretchy pants that still fit, but on the whole, my wardrobe has gone to all …
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Bored with Your Kegel Exercises? How to Switch It Up!

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Sara Haley is one of our favorite pre- and post-natal exercise specialists around here. She shares awesome, fun workouts with us and great fitness tips, too. Sara has a miles-long fitness resume, including being a Reebok Global Master Trainer and choreographing and starring in more than 10 fitness …
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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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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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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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My Experience Being Induced

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During birthing class, my husband and I learned of all the ways to tell when you're in labor. We learned that I may be walking and all of a sudden feel a trickle down my leg. Or that this sharp, sudden pain would overtake my entire abdominal region. We learned that breathing would sound like Darth …
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Two Products for a Little Pregnancy Pampering

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Pregnancy can be a little rough. From cravings for hot dogs to nausea that won't quit to all kinds of puffiness and pain, it can seem that there is no end to the crazy things your body endures during those wonderful 40 weeks. That's why every mama-to-be should take extra care of herself and be sure …
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