ANOTHER Office Baby Shower: How To Cope When You’re Still Waiting For That BFP

Susie has just announced that she is pregnant with her third baby and the office party planner has decided to throw her yet ANOTHER baby shower. Which, for someone who isn't struggling with infertility or who hasn't had a miscarriage, might just be another office event. However, for you, it seems like torture. After trying …

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One-Stop Guide for Surviving Your First Trimester

So you’ve peed on the stick and it’s positive! Congratulations!! Now what?? Everyone’s journey into pregnancy looks different. For some, it may be quick or unexpected, met with shock or surprise. For some, it may have been long and arduous following many months or years of fertility issues or IVF cycles. For others, the road …

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My Three Favorite Period/Fertility Tracker Apps

When we started trying to conceive this last time around, I became obsessed with tracking my cycles. I tried a bunch of different apps, but the 3 I kept coming back to were FLO, Fertility Friend, and Period Tracker Deluxe. Every morning, I would wake up an hour early to take my BBT, record it …

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For Maternal Health and Covid-19, a Racial Divide

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus,  speaking at the Black Maternal Health Caucus Stakeholder Summit at the Capitol in Washington, DC on July 11, 2019.  © 2020 Sipa USA via AP (Photo by Michael Brochstein) In the week and a half leading up to my daughter’s birth last July, I …

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What Couples Who Are Trying To Conceive Wish You Knew

Hoping for a Baby You're ready to get pregnant and grow your family. There’s a lot to look forward to and plan for. And although it might happen quickly, it could take longer than expected, even if you and your partner are healthy.  Hearing questions like: "When are you going to get pregnant?""When are you …

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American Pregnancy Association: Home Birth

https://www.romper.com/p/i-had-unassisted-home-birth-again-19428177 Home Birth: Benefits and Tips For centuries giving birth at home was the norm. By the 1900s increasing numbers of women started having their babies at hospitals. However, as our understanding of anatomy, modern medicine, the mechanics of childbirth, and technology have significantly increased, more women have been willing to consider the option of …

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Choosing Your Birth Team

Choosing Your Birth Team Choosing the members of your birth team is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make during your pregnancy. This person or group of providers will support you emotionally and physically throughout your pregnancy, advocate (and hopefully pursue) your wishes during labor, and check in on you during your postpartum …

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Your Top Questions About HomeBirth… ANSWERED!

By 3under3andme On January 7, 2020 Back in September when I published my birth story I promised to answer the most popular questions that I received about homebirth “in a few weeks.” A few weeks came and went and well, here we are in January. While I didn’t make the goal on timing, I am happy to deliver …

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Is Home Birth For You?

Long before there were hospitals to deliver in (and even long after hospitals started to spring up), women were having babies at home — often in the same bed they themselves were born in. But with the unsanitary conditions and haphazard medical care that were the norm a couple hundred years ago, it was hardly …

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Midwives Explain What a Home Birth Really Means

BY LAUREN VALENTI April 16, 2020 Photo: Getty Images The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique set of emotionally distressing challenges for pregnant women. From concerns about their health and that of their baby, to the prospect of having to go into labor and birth alone in hospitals, mothers-to-be are facing extreme fear and uncertainty in an already vulnerable …

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Birth Prep…

Maternity Photos taken for Nico’s Pregnancy in May 2016, by Dana Monticelli Photography By 3under3andme On April 18, 2019 Today we’re talking all things Birth Prep! And because I don’t have any pictures of me reading labor and delivery books or listening to podcasts, I shared some maternity photos instead. Because what’s a blog post with pictures? Earlier …

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So You’ve Heard About Home Birth…

Located photo here. Pretty sure it wins for best home birth meme of all time!! We all know how the story goes, right? Contractions start, our water breaks, we rush to the hospital and the doctor delivers our baby, we stay 2 days and then go home. But what if you wanted a different story? …

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Honest Thoughts On Having a Fifth Baby

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser - Jan 10, 2017 The big news is officially out: My husband and I are expecting our fifth baby. Yep, you read that right — we’re having baby number five. In today’s world, that makes us a bit of an anomaly. Most people don’t have big families anymore. The average number of children families …

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