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Second Trimester

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.

Prenatal Visit: Fundal Height Measurement

Q: My OB recently started measuring my belly every time I see her. Why does she do this?

A: Starting between 12 weeks and 14 weeks pregnant, many doctors and midwives perform a fundal height measurement at each prenatal visit to monitor
 the fetus’s growth. This involves measuring the distance from the top of the pelvic bone (symphysis pubis) to the top of the uterus (fundus).

Prenatal Yoga: Hands and Knees Yoga Flow

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Prenatal Yoga: Warrior Poses

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Week 20: Itchy Rash

As spring heads toward summer, my baby boy is growing and developing right on schedule. He’s approximately the length of a carrot now (about 10 inches long), weighs ¾ of a pound and for the next several weeks, I’ll be gaining around a pound a week. Not to sound like a broken record, but yep, I still feel great! I am amazed at how easily I’ve had it so far.

Prenatal Yoga: Tree Pose

See more poses in this series: Goddess Pose   |    Lunge Pose   |    Tree Pose  |   

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