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Third Trimester

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

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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 36: Finding Balance

Moving my body is what I do to release stress and feel strong and energized. So when I didn’t know I was pregnant and was doing 20-mile training runs back in October for the New York City Marathon and climbing obstacle courses while competing in a Tough Mudder mud run, I couldn’t figure out why I was slowing down so much.

That is, until I had a dream of a little baby with blue-green eyes and dark hair that felt so, well, real that I immediately drove to the store to buy a pregnancy test…which came back positive. Surprise!

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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New Research Questions the "Epidemic" of Early Inductions

Doctors’ increasingly frequent decisions to induce labor instead of waiting for nature to take its course have played a significant role in the rise of preterm births over the past two decades, according to new research.

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