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Childbirth

Pregnancy Not Your Thing? You're Not Alone

 I’m 34 weeks pregnant with Baby #1, and it’s taken me an hour to get the first sentence of this story typed. I blame the restless legs, heartburn, aggressive kicking, baby brain, aching lower back, tiny feet stuck under my ribs and grumbling stomach all caused by this 5 pound tiny human squished in my […]

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Taking care of moms is taking care of kids

My husband and I recently decided we’re ready for kid #2, which means I’ve been trying to relearn all the dos and don’ts of preconception health and pregnancy. Since I’m actively trying to get pregnant, I’ve decided I am “pre-pregnant” and, thus, have been following most of the nutrition, exercise and environmental guidelines that help […]

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Why one mother says induced labor isn't a good idea

A new study recently came out linking autism to labor induction. I will not get into the weeds right now on that particular study, but it got me thinking again about labor induction, a topic that I cover at some length in “Expecting Better.” When I was 39 weeks pregnant, my doctor offered to schedule […]

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Becoming Mothers: The Day I Saw the Light

I always knew I wanted to be a mom and I truly loved being pregnant. No, really, and don’t hate me but pregnancy became me and it was easy. For me, all the hard work began after I went into labor and harder yet- raising two daughters. Our first was born May, 2007. We named […]

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In wake of Jessica's slaying, focus was on a safe and fun Halloween in her neighborhood

The sound of laughter and celebration returned to the neighborhood that separates the homes of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway and her alleged killer, 17-year-old Austin Sigg. “The past month has been the nightmare,” said Mike Harper, who lifted his garage door about two blocks from Sigg’s home Wednesday to expose a bounty of Halloween chocolate. “Let’s […]

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Are You Feeling Baby Name Regret?

Would you regret giving your baby a common name? So much so that you would change it? Regret for common names and names that don’t suit are, reportedly, on the rise. Too common a name can be just, well, common. On the other hand will an unusual, unique name create some big shoes to fill? […]

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'What to Expect' writer becoming a grandmother

Welcome aboard the mother ship, Emma Bing. The woman who was her mother’s inspiration for writing what millions of pregnant women consider their bible, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” is now pregnant herself and joining the family business. Bing, 29, is due on her second wedding anniversary, Feb. 18, and guess who’s going to […]

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