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Week 34: What’s my baby doing in there?

As I waddle my way to the finish line at world’s slowest speed, and with a slight limp from Relaxin-filled hips, I find myself wondering what’s going on in there. Do I really need a third trimester? If my baby’s … Continue reading

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Week 33: 12 things I never said until I was pregnant

Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame where nothing is really taboo. The closer you get to childbirth, the more comfortable you are sharing your stories of mucus plugs and bloody shows with your mailman. You want to express your opinions … Continue reading

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Week 18: CAUTION: Traveling while pregnant

Pregnancy changes a lot of things that normally you don’t give a second thought about: getting dressed every morning, a normal amount of trips to the bathroom and a solid night of sleep, just to name a few. Last weekend … Continue reading

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40 Weeks: 40 Reasons I’m glad I’m 40 weeks pregnant

One thing everyone loves to say when you’re at the end of pregnancy is “You’re almost at the finish line!” While I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t know very many women who are nine months pregnant and still running races. … Continue reading

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October 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,500 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our October issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes October 31, 2014. Similac Lansinoh Wink … Continue reading

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Brushing up on oral health care

Nothing to be afraid of “It’s perfectly safe to have treatment during your pregnancy,” says Sally Cram, DDS, PC, spokesperson and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA) and periodontist in Washington, D.C. In fact, keeping up with your … Continue reading

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Make due

Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room … Continue reading

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Week 38: Flipping Babies

There are many phrases you don’t want to hear at your 36-week appointment, like “you’re going to be pregnant for nine more months” or “your baby is actually half vampire.” For me, my OB walked into the room following my … Continue reading

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Week 37: Maternity clothes

I remember it like it was yesterday. My husband sent me a text that read “What’s ‘Destination Maternity’? You have a HUGE box here.” I sped home, filled with anticipation to open the package: my very first maternity clothes. Now, … Continue reading

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Week 36: Pregnant girl observations

Being pregnant for the first time has been a strange experience. I often find myself comparing my experiences to what friends have told me about their pregnancies and what I’ve seen in movies, but in the end, you really have … Continue reading

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Week 28: The third trimester of doom

This week marks the start of the third trimester [insert confetti, horns, kazoos, whatever]. The beginning of the end. The last leg of the race. Well, a race where you want to hit the wall, but you can’t because you’re … Continue reading

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Week 35: Not ready

Thirty-five weeks?!?! Um, wasn’t I just introducing myself to you a couple weeks ago? How am I EIGHT months pregnant? Sometime after I hit 20 weeks I must have entered a time-space continuum. I don’t how it happened, perhaps some … Continue reading

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Week 34: I’m tired

How do I miss thee, caffeine? Let me count the ways. I miss the energized, alert buzz that follows the second strong cup of coffee. That peppy, fueled-for-the-day feeling that makes me feel like I can conquer my inbox and … Continue reading

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September 2014 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the following winners: Kimberly (FL), Hillary (IA), Catherine (AZ), Monica (NJ), Kasey (MD), Margaret (PA), Angela (CO), Patricia (GA), Lacey (MI), Donna (MS), Trista (SD), Gabrielle (IL), Sheree (AZ), Kim (KY), Heather (NY), … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our Buyer’s Guide! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes December 31, 2014. Charlie Banana … Continue reading

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Week 24: The thickening and the quickening

The thickening I reached the thickening before I was pregnant, but that’s less about pregnancy and more about an insatiable love for junk food. A post for another time. In pregnancy, the term “thickening” is the time when your uterus starts … Continue reading

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Week 30: Moving while pregnant

So, we moved this past weekend. Moving in general is awful. Moving while pregnant is not for the faint of heart. Every part of my body aches, and yes, I mean every part. I don’t know anything about CrossFit, but … Continue reading

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August 2014 Free Stuff

This contest is closed. The winners are: Jenny (NY), Monica (NJ), Melinda (LA), Rosanna (IL), Daniel (MD), April (UT), Rachel (MS), Michael (IN), Diane (RI), Andrea (KY), Lonaeja (NV), Cathy (WI), Kathleen (FL), Kristy (GA), Renee (MD), Maria (FL), Alicia … Continue reading

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Break the swell

It starts with your feet. All of a sudden, they don’t fit into the shoes you wore comfortably last week. But then your hands and face start to feel puffy, too. Off comes the wedding ring that’s growing tighter by … Continue reading

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One day shy

So here I am, one day short of full term. It’s my fourth pregnancy, and still being pregnant this close to my due date is new to me—and kind of miserable, to be honest. Is that why I feel like … Continue reading

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July 2014 Free Stuff

Congratulations Zandra, Kathleen, Renee, Brandon, Julie, Amber, Frank, Max, Jonathan, Ashtyn, Nathan, Denise, and Carrie. The contest is now closed. We have more than $2,600 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our July issue! Click on each image to enter … Continue reading

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Week 17: What. is. THAT?

A self guided Q and A by myself, with myself. Asking and answering my own questions about things already plaguing me this pregnancy. Is my skin is making me sweaty? I work up more of a sweat watching TV than my … Continue reading

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So, what are you having?

“So, what are you having?” I forced a smile because I knew their question was motivated by genuine enthusiasm for our pregnancy, and I love that, so it deserves a smile. But it was forced because I honestly don’t like … Continue reading

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Week 24: Pros and cons

Pregnancy is simultaneously miserable and wonderful. Today I took a moment to reflect upon some of the things I miss terribly from my pre-pregnancy days. Then, since I’m not a total cynic, I added some aspects about pregnancy that I … Continue reading

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Week 16: My multifunctional belly

For me, the fourth month isn’t a real significant turning point because I’m not scheduled to give birth in 45 seconds. I’m somewhere in between: “Almost halfway there” and “no where near close to being done.” The fourth month of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Actually, “WE” are pregnant

One of the best ways to encourage a man to be active, involved and supportive during pregnancy is to affirm that he has a significant role in it and a valuable contribution to make. Conversely, one of the ways to … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Debbie Matenopoulos is so excited for her baby

The View alum Debbie Matenopoulos is “excited about every aspect” of impending motherhood. Expecting her first child later this year, the mom-to-be, 39, says she hopes for a natural birth and is reading What to Expect When Expecting to help her prepare for the baby. … Continue reading

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Week 23: Keeping it real

I need to share this. I threw up out of my nose the other night. My husband made a lovely dinner: slow-cooked chicken in a homemade BBQ sauce on a fresh ciabatta bun, served alongside fresh grilled vegetables. It was … Continue reading

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My new best friend

News flash—chiropractors are like bone cracking miracle workers during pregnancy. I only wish I knew it sooner. I muscled through three and a half pregnancies with crazy lower back pain, figuring it was just part of the deal. And then, … Continue reading

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Week 15: Progesterone shots

Let’s talk about progesterone. This isn’t the kind of thing I want you learning on the street. This will be my second pregnancy taking one for the team (in the backside), because progesterone is crucial to pregnancy. One of the most important … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Kourtney Kardashian expecting baby No. 3

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Kourtney Kardashian expecting baby No. 3 Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian are expecting their third child together reports Us Weekly. A source tells the magazine, “She is only a few months along,” and “It was planned.” The baby … Continue reading

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Week 22: Why I hired a doula

In early pregnancy, I didn’t have any idea as to what type of birth I envisioned for myself. When people asked me if I would get an epidural, I said I didn’t really care either way, thinking I would just … Continue reading

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Week 14: The pregnancy masque

Recently two small patches of darker colored skin have appeared at the corners of my mouth. Sadly they look less like dark patches of skin and more like the Kool-Aid stains my kids sport when drinking out of a cup … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Hayden Panettiere expecting first child

Congratulations are in order for Hayden Panettiere and fiance Wladimir Klitschko. The Nashville star, 24, and her fiance are expecting their first child Us Weekly reports. “Hayden is totally pregnant!” a source tells the magazine. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2013 – Panettiere predicated … Continue reading

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Week 21: Pregnancy nutrition

While reading my weekly email about baby’s growth and new milestones last week, I read an interesting fact I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. It said that the baby can now taste the foods I eat … Continue reading

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June 2014 Free Stuff

Congratulations, Jessica, Kimberly, Tamara, April, Pamela, Desiree, Alicia, Laura R.,  Jeff, Mary, Emily, Michael, Laura V., Laura C., Christel, Robin and Rachel. The contest is now closed. We have more than $4,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in … Continue reading

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Week 13: Freedom

On October 30, 1990, George Michael released the song, “Freedom.” On May 19, 2014 I was released on parole—also known as the end of my first trimester. Yay, for the second trimester! Yay, for an appetite! Yay, for finally rounding … Continue reading

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The not so newbie

Hi, my name is Adam Rust, and I’m new to Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. However, I’m not new to the experience of pregnancy and newborns. In fact, my wife and I currently have four children, ages 7 years, 5 years, … Continue reading

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Week 32: Things are getting real

We had a little arrival today. I was expecting it, obviously, and my plan was to leave it in the box and stuff it away somewhere in the very back of the garage. Then the delivery guy ruined everything by … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Christina Ricci expecting first child

Congratulations are in order for Christina Ricci and James Heerdegen. The Now and Then actress, 34, and her husband are expecting their first child Us Weekly reports. In a surprising baby bump reveal, the mom-to-be debuted her growing belly at LAX airport in L.A. on Friday … Continue reading

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Week 20: Secondhand savings

I’ve always loved a good deal, but lately it’s reached a whole new level. After my first pregnant shopping trip to Babies “R” Us, sticker shock set in when I started to realize just how much a baby needs—and how … Continue reading

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Week 12: Back to sleep

I’m currently taking advantage of my final weeks where I have the option to either sleep on my back or stomach. Of course, I’m already not really sleeping. I’m just turning myself around for eight hours, like a rotisserie chicken, with … Continue reading

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Bellybuds Facebook Giveaway – May 17th

  The Bellybuds baby-bump sound system consists of specialized speakers that gently adhere to the belly of moms-to-be and safely play memory-shaping sound directly to the womb. A baby’s hearing develops in utero around 20 weeks. Memories begin at 30. … Continue reading

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May 2014 Free Stuff

Congratulations to our winners; Melinda, Tenin, Jessica, Karla, Renee, Jennifer, Dora, Jeanne, Amanda, Melissa, Christina, Kristen, Megan, Kaycee, Denise, Erica, Karen, and Brittany. We have more than $2,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our May issue! Click … Continue reading

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Week 15: Unsolicited advice

Positive pregnancy tests should come with a flow chart that demonstrates the conversations to expect once you announce you’re pregnant. It could be a novella, even: “What to Expect When You’re Announcing.” The questions are all the same at first: … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,600 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our Registry Guide! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes June 30th, 2014. … Continue reading

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April 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,400 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our April issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes April 30th, 2014. … Continue reading

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Week 36: Waiting

The hospital bag is packed, frozen meals are made, all doctors’ appointments have been attended, and the nursery is as complete as it will be until baby arrives. There is nothing left to do but wait. And the “waiting place” … Continue reading

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Week 35: Emotions

“Lindsey, you talk a lot about fear, but today I hear sadness in your voice too. Is there sadness there?” Tears flow from my eyes like water from an overflowing well as my therapist asked this question yesterday in session. … Continue reading

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Week 19: The first kicks

I was sitting cross-legged on the floor, enjoying some plastic apple pound cake and invisible tea with my stepdaughter, who was laughing uproariously at something, when I felt it. One teeny tiny pop in my belly that felt exactly like … Continue reading

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