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Third Trimester

VIDEO: Yoga Poses to Prepare for Labor & Delivery

Practicing yoga throughout your pregnancy is a great way to strengthen and stretch the muscles you'll use most during childbirth. From easing tension in your back to opening your hips and increasing circulation, these yoga poses will prepare your mind and body for labor and delivery. Looking for more? These 10 yoga poses are safe for every trimester.

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.

Strength-Training "Super Mom" Workout

This "Super Mom"strength training workout is perfect to do during pregnancy because it mimics what you'll be doing as a new mom: carrying, lifting, and pushing your new baby.

Week 38: Pain & Beauty

I’ve been blessed with a healthy, relatively pain-free pregnancy apart from the typical first trimester nausea and round ligament pain. But at 38 weeks and feeling like a giant beach ball, I all of a sudden got hit with an excruciating pain in my left side that stopped me in my tracks and lasted more than 48 hours.

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.”

VIDEO: Prenatal Yoga for Princess Kate

From Cat/Cow to Child's Pose, Hip Openers to a restful Side-Lying Shivasana, every mama-to-be can benefit from

Week 37: Greening Up My Baby Act

I'm the furthest thing from Betty homemaker (I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never even ironed before!). Yet as my baby bump continues to grow (and grow!) I’m finding that so do those notorious nesting instincts.

6 Tips for Dads “In Labor”

For every mother who goes into labor, there’s a guy out there (and very likely right there in the labor room) who’s having a baby too. I don’t mean that literally.  Lots of women have babies without a guy in sight and none of the men becoming new fathers actually have even one single contraction.  What I mean is, guys in the labor room are important too. They have an important role to play in supporting the laboring mother and welcoming their new babies, but they also have needs of their own.

I Don't Want My Mom & Sister in the Delivery Room

The Dilemma

I only want my husband in the delivery room with me. How do I tell my mom and sisters?

Pregnancy Meditation and Resting Shivasana Pose

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

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