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Sweet sixteen

Want to lighten the mood on labor day? Add these not-too-serious, actually kind-of-hilarious songs to your playlist for the big day. 1. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eye Peas 2. “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones 3. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” … Continue reading

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Week 26: Ten spectacular things about labor and delivery

There are few things to love about the act of birthing a child. Unless of course you are: -Dilated to 9.5 before having a contraction. -A sadist. -Done with the entire delivery after you cough, or sneeze. -The Virgin Mary, … Continue reading

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Made for this

To the uninitiated—heck, even to those who have done it before—the actual labor and delivery part of pregnancy seems downright impossible. (I have to fit what through where?) But as unmanageable as it seems, your body is designed to do … Continue reading

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Right on time: The birth of Ronan Jon

I was feeling quite discouraged as my due date loomed and my latent labor showed no signs of turning into active labor. I spent each day working out, taking a long power walk, sitting on my birth ball, reading while … Continue reading

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Week 23: Talking about tearing

When I paid my monthly visit to the gynecologist this week, I did something out of character and compiled a list of questions for her. For some reason, even though I won’t have to face labor down for another four … Continue reading

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An early delivery: the birth of Rowan Arthur

Admittedly, I put off some things longer than pre-pregnant me thought I would. Being the anti-procrastinator, I imagined Roo’s nursery would be completely assembled and photo-ready two months before his due date. I assumed I’d have my hospital bag ready … Continue reading

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An all-natural gift: The birth of Parker

My husband awoke at 2:45am on Monday, March 18th to the sound of my shuffling slippers. He found me in the kitchen attempting to make a midnight snack. I had been timing contractions since 2am when I finally realized I … Continue reading

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Going VBAC

Prior C-section mamas, listen up: We’ve rounded up answers to the most commonly asked questions about VBACs. (What’s a VBAC you ask? As it turns out, that’s the first thing we answer—keep reading!) What is a VBAC? VBAC stands for … Continue reading

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In the zone

Contrary to what you may initially envision, HypnoBirthing doesn’t require a swinging pocketwatch. The birth method does use hypnosis to help women have a pain-free labor experience, but by definition, hypnosis is actually a state of focused concentration where the … Continue reading

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How do you doula?

Labor and delivery is a lot like free-fall parachuting: You take classes to prepare, you file a detailed plan for the (blessed) event, and then you take the leap. Still, jumping into the hurtling wind with only your significant other … Continue reading

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Pack up

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Get packin’

On paper • Insurance card and hospital or birthing center admission paperwork • Photo ID • Several copies of your birth plan (both a detailed and a condensed version, just in case the staff is skimming it in a hurry)   Go … Continue reading

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The postdelivery party favor

The ultimate multitasker The placenta is a pancake-shaped organ that grows alongside your developing baby from the moment of conception. Connected by the umbilical cord, this complex piece of biological equipment is filled with small blood vessels that act as … Continue reading

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Getting stronger

You use the drive-thru pharmacy to pick up your prenatal vitamins. You rely on an app to organize your weekly grocery list. You stream movies from the comfort of your sofa. Making things easy and convenient is your M.O., and … Continue reading

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Oh baby, yes!

I’ve decided on my birth plan,” I told my best friend. I was seven months pregnant, and I’d just finished reading a collection of positive birth stories. While reading, I’d made up my mind. “I’m going to have an orgasmic … Continue reading

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