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16 Ways to Support Your Partner Before, During, and After Birth

Supporting your partner through something as wild as pregnancy and birth can seem overwhelming. That’s why we polled our Facebook audience to nail down the most helpful things partners did before, during, and after, and as always, you didn’t disappoint. Here’s a sampling of the clever, kind, and downright impressive things partners did to take care of their other halves. How to support your partner through pregnancy, birth and beyond Exercise your empathy muscles. “My husband went through a labor simulation with me using a TENS unit […]

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Reassuring Words About Giving Birth in a Crisis.

I asked readers who had given birth in a less than ideal situation if they had any advice for someone facing the same challenge. Giving Birth in a Crisis Here are some great words of encouragement for people who might be facing a birth they didn’t plan for. Panicking never helps. “I just gave birth to my second 2 days ago during this pandemic. My first I gave birth to right before a 100 year flood in my town. Expect to make a lot of contingency plans […]

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All Hail the Exclusive Pumper

We all know that fed is best but there is one method of feeding babies – exclusive pumping – that I don’t think gets nearly enough credit. I should know. I did it for my first and I’m currently doing it for my second. In fact, even as I write this, I’m hooked up to a breast pump. The distinctive mechanical sound it makes has become the soundtrack of my life these past few months. I simultaneously love that I found a way to feed my newborn my […]

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Best Pregnancy Books for 2020 (That are Actually Worth Reading)

I often get asked for book recommendations from newly pregnant women – I can only assume it’s because they’ve already read every nook and cranny of Pregnant Chicken (cough). I actually read quite a few books the first time around and I didn’t like many of them (I was lucky to read a cereal box the second time). I found they were either scary, patronizing or both, and none of them made me feel more prepared for the arrival of my son. Instead, they made me feel completely […]

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Leap Year Babies – 8 Fun Facts

Although the probability is low, there’s a chance that you’re walking around with a February 29th due date this year. That’s right. This year is a leap year, where a few odds-defying babies will be born on a day that only shows up on a calendar once every four years. But what does that mean for you and your (possible) Leap Year baby? Here are 8 fun facts about leap year babies They come with a nickname  Babies born on February 29th are called leaplings, leapettes, leapsters, and leapers. […]

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The Baby I Didn’t Know I Needed

It was the day of my grandfather’s funeral, my period was late and a piece of me knew I had to take a pregnancy test. I was terrified. We already had two kids and to be honest, they weren’t easy. My marriage was struggling and the last thing we needed was a new baby. But, the test was positive.  I got into my clothes for the funeral, and I went downstairs with the pregnancy test in hand. I handed it to my husband and dropped to my […]

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When Did Women Start Laying Down to Give Birth?

Although they may not know the term, any television viewer can recognize the lithotomy position: the feet-in-stirrups, hair-perfectly-blown-out posture women assume for giving birth. It’s not a great position to be in even on routine checkup days, as anyone who has been asked to “scoot a little closer” and then somehow relax understands. But as a birthing position, the lithotomy position is even more controversial, having been linked to unnecessary interventions like inductions and C-sections. So why did women start laying down to give birth in the […]

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Is Your Doctor Evidence-Based? Questions to Ask When Choosing a Care Provider

Choosing a care provider is one of the first decisions you make after getting your positive test. One simple way to help narrow down your search is to prepare yourself with some questions ahead of time that go well beyond, “are they in my network?” and “how close are they to a decent burrito joint?” Why does it matter who delivers my baby? While each person should theoretically have a similar skill set, there are big differences between care providers – even within the same practice. The […]

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Remedies for After Birth “Exit” Care

721 Shares A few of you have asked me to put a list together of tips on how to care for the good china after giving birth. So thanks to your suggestions, and what I found online, here’s the glorious list on how to get your tender bits back in order. Here are suggestions for after birth care: • Ice wrapped in a washcloth • Use a squirt bottle filled with water to rinse while you pee • Hold a clean pad firmly against the wound and […]

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Postpartum Bleeding and Blood Clots (Fun or what?!)

466 Shares In pregnancy, a bleeding and blood clot discussion may not be high on your list of topics to enjoy with morning coffee. We can guarantee, however, you will be glad you had this information after your baby arrives! After nine blessed months of freedom from worry about ‘Aunt Flo’s’ arrival, suddenly questions about postpartum bleeding and blood clots will top your list. To save frantic Googling when the time arrives, here are the answers to the most common questions you are likely to have. Why […]

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