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Second Trimester

Why Pregnant Women Are So Tasty to Mosquitoes

If you’ve been outside at all this summer, you’ve probably noticed that the mosquitoes are biting, and it’s likely to get worse! Especially if you’re pregnant.

How to Sleep Comfortably as Your Pregnancy Progresses

Q: I'm a stomach sleeper. How can I make myself more comfortable sleeping on my side? 

Is Worrying Part of Motherhood?

Telling a mother not to worry is silly.  It’s in our nature. It’s what we do. That said, that’s exactly what I’m going to say this week. Quit worrying, my dears.  It’s not good for you.

How to Change Your Care Provider During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is full of changes. Your body changes, your emotions are all over the place, and even your house changes to accommodate all of the “necessary” baby accessories. One of the less common changes – but one with potentially big impact – is changing your doctor or midwife. If the prenatal care you’re receiving isn’t meeting your needs or if your care provider doesn’t support your preferences for birth, consider switching to a new practice. Finding a new doctor or midwife, even if you’re in your third trimester, isn’t as difficult as you may think.

3 Steps to Finding Dr. Right

Unless you’re a detective or have the last name Woodward or Bernstein, you may not feel all that comfortable asking your OB-GYN difficult questions. Why? They can make your subject—and you—uncomfortable, squirmy or standoffish.

HypnoBirthing 101

Having a baby is one of life’s greatest gifts, and the ability to create, nurture and eventually birth a brand new human being is nothing short of a miracle. Yet, when many women think about the actual process of giving birth, fear of pain (and how to avoid it) is at the forefront of their minds. Something as simple as the term labor can feed into the fear. Language is a powerful thing, and the very definition of labor is “physical or mental work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil.”

7 Reasons It's Great To Be Pregnant In The Summer

When I found out last February that I was expecting for the first time, I was ecstatic. My midwife told me early on that my baby would be due approximately the end of September. Great, I thought—the baby will share a birthday month with his dad! Then I realized that just as I would be hitting the “big belly” stage of the pregnancy, we’d be heading into summer time, and during August, one of the hottest months of the year, I’ll be close to due.

Pregnancy Meditation and Resting Shivasana Pose

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Pregnant Belly Basics: Linea Nigra

Q: I'm five months along and have noticed a strange dark line on my belly? Is it dangerous?

A: Nope. While the linea nigra, or “black line,” may be disconcerting, it’s perfectly harmless—and perfectly normal. In fact, up to 75 percent of women will experience this hormone-induced darkening of the skin during pregnancy.

Week 24: Back Aches and Belly Envy

In the last four weeks since the previous blog, what I’ve noticed most is that my pregnancy symptoms seem to be amping up a bit. Still minor overall, but here’s an example: At 22 weeks pregnant, my emotions bubbled up.

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