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Week 24: Holding space

Sometimes I fear that others will overlook my grief now that I am pregnant again. That the birth of a new child will somehow make people forget about my first daughter.  I worry that sometimes, I do this too.  I … Continue reading

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Week 26: Happy pregnant New Year!

It seems like only yesterday I was making plans to attend wild New Year’s Eve parties. Wait. Was that just last year? How can that even be possible? The holidays take on a whole new meaning when you are pregnant. … Continue reading

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Week 23: Focusing on joy

It has been really difficult to embrace joy in pregnancy No. 2 after the loss of my first child to stillbirth.  Things that once brought delight and pleasure in my last pregnancy now seem dulled by the trauma from the … Continue reading

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Week 25: Focusing on health, not heft

It doesn’t matter what you weigh or whether you’re even slightly underweight before you conceive. There comes a time during your pregnancy when you just feel heavy. I know, that sounds obvious and pretty silly considering the fact that you … Continue reading

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Week 22: Reassurance

This past week was a rough one for me. I had a lot of digestive issues that led to an upset stomach over the past weekend, and then on Tuesday my stomach issues developed into belly cramps. I called the … Continue reading

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Book Club: Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood

This month, Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is finding out the truth about preemie parenthood from one mom’s brazenly honest story. After being diagnosed with severe preeclampsia, Kate Hopper’s pregnancy and delivery are nothing like the birth she dreamed about. … Continue reading

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Week 19: Five things to be thankful for during pregnancy

This month, as Thanksgiving approached I had set a personal goal of cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” and to notice each day what I was thankful for, be it my husband or comfy pair of socks. The one thing that … Continue reading

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Week 18: Hormones, grief and joy, oh my!

Lately, I have been extremely hormonal. I don’t like it when hormones get blamed for a woman’s slight change of behavior once a month or when a woman, seven months pregnant, cries in the aisle of the grocery store because … Continue reading

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Week 17 : The Doppler debate

Flub, flub, flub.  Hearing the heartbeat calms my nerves for a few seconds, as the nurse lets the Doppler linger a little longer than what I believe is normal on my small but swollen belly. At 17 weeks I’m at … Continue reading

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You spin me right round, baby

Though the thought of becoming a parent can make you feel a bit woozy, it’s not the culprit behind that spinning sensation. Vertigo is a common pregnancy side effect and can happen during any trimester, but is most common around … Continue reading

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Celebrity Pregnancy Confessions

While pregnancy can be a joyous time, it can also present some odd symptoms and fears. From Jenna Dewan-Tatum‘s hormonal dreams, to Kim Kardashian‘s wacky food cravings, to Kristin Cavallari‘s delivery dilemma, let’s hear from 7 celebrity moms and their pregnancy confessions. Kim … Continue reading

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Stand tall

According to Esther Dolowich, MPT, a physical therapist with Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, who specializes in women’s issues, the biggest mistake expectant moms make is letting their bellies lead them to an excessively swayed … Continue reading

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Book Club: The Honest Toddler

This month, Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is reading The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting. Twitter’s youngest superstar, @HonestToddler, finally breaks into the book world, bringing all the sass you’ve come to love to this parental guide. Full … Continue reading

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Prenatal platitudes

What you’re told: Your belly will expand. What actually happens: Your belly expands. And your fingers. And your ankles. And your rear end. And your nose. What you’re told: You’ll experience morning sickness. What actually happens: You experience all-the-time sickness. … Continue reading

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Book Club: BirthCONTROL: A Husband’s Honest Account of Pregnancy

This month, Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is reading up on one husband’s hilarious recount of becoming dad. BirthCONTROL, by James Vavasour, is a man’s guide to the joys, anxieties and downright absurdities of pregnancy, but you don’t have to … Continue reading

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Week 27: Emotional turmoil

Hormones, or “whoremones” (as my knocked-up friend and I like to call them), have certainly taken their toll on my emotional state. I’m normally a sensitive person, and I can easily get choked up or distraught over things that other … Continue reading

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10 ways pregnancy changes your life

Becoming a first-time expectant mom—of twins, no less—has certainly been an eye-opener for me. The realities of pregnancy have regularly caught me by surprise as my amount of responsibility skyrockets and level of energy plummets. The life I had lived … Continue reading

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Week 23: My favorite accessory

My newest accessory is a hand magnet and conversation starter. You can’t get it in stores. And my husband and I get excited about it whenever it moves. What else could I be talking about? My baby bump! It popped … Continue reading

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Week 22: Big brother

Even though he’s our firstborn, Roo already has competition for his parents’ love and affection – our dog, Finn. This furry little companion is obsessed with his Papa (not that I can blame him). He greets him at the door … Continue reading

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Week 26: The perfect name

Generally, I’m not the romantic, sentimental type. For the most part, I approach life–and, hence, pregnancy and motherhood–with more practicality and less mush. But there is one aspect of becoming a mother that I see as almost sacred: Choosing a … Continue reading

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Sleeping with my husband

Sleeping with my husband is never boring. (Sorry, Dad.) I believe this is because he’s always so on top of keeping our nighttime relationship fresh and exciting. His way of thinking hasn’t stopped even with this bowling ball-like protrusion where … Continue reading

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Week 23: Pees, please

You know that age old conundrum you hear about pregnant women having to get up a bajillion times in the middle of the night to pee? Well, I wish I had that problem.* Don’t get me wrong. My bladder is … Continue reading

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Barefoot and pregnant

I am Cinderella’s ugly stepsister. (The pretty one.) It’s not an easy admission to make, but I can’t escape the truth. Since my sixth month of pregnancy, every time I try on my shoes I feel like an evil stepsister … Continue reading

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Week 22: Weigh in

Before I found out I was expecting, I had heard all of the warm and fuzzy things you hear about pregnancy — how you’ll glow and how it will be one of the most beautiful and cherished times in your … Continue reading

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Week 20: 20 and counting

Last week, I got to share the oh-so-exciting news that we are expecting a baby girl. (The pink parade? Oh yeah, it’s on.) This week, the fun continues with more good news: I’m now more than halfway through this pregnancy, … Continue reading

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Smart snacks

You’ve heard it before: Eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day rather than indulging in three whopping meals is the way to go. It keeps your belly full, which provides your wee one with a steady flow of nutrients—and … Continue reading

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Not your grandmama’s pregnancy

The [arguably] good old days If you found yourself expecting a baby in the 19th century, you might view your condition with limited enthusiasm. Of course, you would hope for a healthy child and a happy future, but precedent would … Continue reading

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Dermatological drama

Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, but as your body changes inside and out to accommodate baby, your skin may bear the ugly brunt of it. There are all kinds of epidermal issues affecting the expectant crowd, but with these tips, … Continue reading

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Week 18: Smell test

You know that question you used to get as a kid about what power you’d pick if you could be a superhero for a day? Take a moment to walk down memory lane with me, and think about what you … Continue reading

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Week 11: I’m thrilled … really!

My husband and I have been telling our friends and family about our little Roo (our nickname for whoever is growing in there) in waves as we get closer to the 12-week mark. Seeing their reactions and feeling their excitement … 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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Babe’s anatomy

My husband always said that when it came time for babies, he’d want to save the big son vs. daughter surprise for delivery day. A planner by nature and a romantic at heart, I could’ve swayed either way. But by … Continue reading

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Week 12: (Not so) sweet sleep

During the day, things have been pretty quiet around the Palmer house for the past few weeks. Thanks to morning sickness (a total misnomer if ever there was one), I’ve been tapping into my inner hobo and logging most of … Continue reading

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Under pressure: Heart Health Awareness

With all the overwhelming love you already feel for your new child, you may feel like your heart is working overtime. As it turns out, you couldn’t be more right: Your heart is now pumping 30-50% more blood than normal … Continue reading

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Knockin’ boots

Bringing a bump into the boudoir can bring a slew of unexpected concerns to the minds of even the most seasoned vixens. If you’re feeling jittery about jumping in the sack, it’s time to calm your worries, find your hot … Continue reading

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Positively pregnant

Your entire world is about to switch directions: You’re going to be a mom. Here’s what you need to do to get ready for the next nine months and beyond. Out with the old There are a few habits that … Continue reading

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Get it right

Every expectant mom tries to do what’s best for the growing baby inside her, but with all the different guidelines and opinions floating around the webosphere, knowing what’s right can be confusing. The best rule of thumb: Talk to your … Continue reading

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The truth about pregnancy brain

Mental hiccups commonly known as “pregnancy brain” have become an accepted side effect of human gestation, much like swollen feet or heartburn are expected to be par for the course. Ask any current or formerly pregnant woman if she’s had … Continue reading

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Ew, gross

To put it simply, pregnancy is packed with opportunities for embarrassment. Here’s how to deal when the blush-inducing moments strike. Scenario 1: You’re in a staff meeting when the urge to purge strikes … and you only make it as far … Continue reading

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Around the world in 280 days

Babies are conceived and born each day all over the world. While most of us are familiar with childbirth norms and traditions in ourown country, we often know very little about customs and practices in other countries. Within every culture, … Continue reading

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Craving conspiracy

When it comes to eating healthily during pregnancy, a woman’s cravings can sometimes get the best of her. Even the most disciplined moms-to-be find themselves struggling to eat enough folic acid-rich foods, among other prenatal diet recommendations, when all they … Continue reading

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Maternity makeover: Six lifestyle changes that should top your list

Pop those prenatals If you’re not already, start taking prenatal vitamins immediately. Ask your doctor which type is best for you, or—if the clock is ticking and your doc is unavailable—pick up an over-the-counter variety at any grocery or drugstore. … Continue reading

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The great gender debate

So, do you know what you’re having?” asks the checkout gal as she glances at my beach ball of a belly. “No,” I smile, “we’re not going to find out.” Even before the rehearsed words leave my mouth (this isn’t … Continue reading

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Documenting your pregnancy

You’re about to grow in amazing ways, both physically and emotionally. And although every detail of your evolution may be extraordinarily vivid as you experience it, the changes you undergo and the feelings that overwhelm you will become less lucid … Continue reading

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Fear not!

You know the feeling: It’s 3 a.m. and your partner is snoring beside you, but you’re wide awake, playing out 100 different scenarios of what motherhood is going to be like … Will my baby be healthy? What if I … Continue reading

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Prebaby paperwork

Pick out crib bedding, enroll in childbirth classes, choose a name … preparing for baby’s arrival includes a lengthy to-do list of all sorts of exciting hustle and bustle. But laying the groundwork for successful parenthood isn’t all fun and … Continue reading

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Pregnancy jealousy

The word “green” can imply a host of meanings. Perhaps you correlate green with the eco-lifestyle you’ve recently adopted. Maybe you associate the hue with the gender-neutral scheme you’ve selected for the nursery. Shoot, green could even describe the shade … Continue reading

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Good to go: Traveling while pregnant

When it comes to making travel plans, being knocked up doesn’t have to keep you down. Let your doctor know your itinerary and be patient with your preggo self (your trips might need to be a tad less action-packed than … Continue reading

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Passport to pregnancy: Traditions from around the world

There are almost 7,000 recognized languages throughout the world—and each and every one of them has a word to describe dear ol’ mom. Across many of these languages, the quests toward motherhood are as different as the cultures that speak … Continue reading

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Office politics and pregnancy

Breaking the big (and getting bigger!) news to the boss can be a frightening prospect. Believe me, I’ve been there! While there is no perfect time to announce your pregnancy, your body might just make the decision for you. Like … Continue reading

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