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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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Week 34: Hope

“Do you think this time it will be different?” I asked in a soft fragile tone to my husband as we sat in the car waiting for the light to turn from red to green. Nick let out a deep … Continue reading

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Week 18: My pregnancy is not your pregnancy

“You haven’t felt her kick yet?” A friend of mine asked me when I revealed that our sweet baby was a little girl. Instinctively, I placed my hands over my belly, and shook my head no.  “Not yet,” I said. … Continue reading

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Week 33: Pampering pregnancy

 “Oh, you look so much bigger than last week,” a coworker said this to me on a Monday morning after not seeing me over the weekend. “What every pregnant lady wants to hear,” I responded in a playful, yet sarcastic … Continue reading

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March 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,800 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our March issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes March 31st, 2014. … Continue reading

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Week 16: Belly changing invasion

When I was around 8 weeks pregnant, I remember cooking breakfast in the kitchen with the top button of my blue jeans undone. The bloated baby “bump” I read so much about had finally reared its … well … bump. … Continue reading

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February 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,500 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our February issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes February 28th, 2014. … Continue reading

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Week 28: To share the name or not share the name

That is the question.  Whether it is nobler in the heart to suffer the harsh words and unwanted critiques of family members and friends, or to take the risk and share the joy you have for naming the little bundle … Continue reading

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Week 30: Shower, sprinkle, or skip?

I found out this week that my poor mom has been feeling tortured. She’s torn between wanting to throw me a baby shower and wondering if it’s appropriate to do so since this is my second child. When I found … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Q&A with Shameless star Shanola Hampton

Shameless actress Shanola Hampton is returning to the Showtime drama when it premieres on January 12. She’s also expecting her first child with husband Daren Dukes and is due on January 23rd. Shanola – who plays Veronica Fischer alongside Emmy … Continue reading

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Week 25: Trust

It took me 30 years to come to terms with my body.  To accept all of her beautiful flaws and revel in her extraordinary womanly wonders, such as being able to create, support, and maintain life, not just my own … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Gwen’s pampered pregnancy

Gwen Stefani went to another acupuncture appointment in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday (January 6). Last month she also indulged in the de-stressing treatment. The day before the pregnant singer, Gavin Rossdale and their boys Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5, spent their last day at Mammoth Mountain. … Continue reading

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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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