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568 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Preparing for Postpartum: Gathering your Support Circle

By Olivia Hinebaugh     A lot of new moms feel like they could use more help in those first few weeks. I wish I had thought about who I might need or want to talk to in those emotional, sleepy, overwhelming days.   Bottom line: you deserve and need help.   And you may need help in areas you hadn’t considered. Here are some roles you should try to enlist your friends and family to fill.   Your partner. If you have a partner in life and parenthood, you are obviously going to be leaning on them a lot during this time. Communicate with them. Tell them when you are... read more

The Wound of Mother-Newborn Separation

As I contemplate the 23rd anniversary of my daughter's birth this week, my thoughts go back to the oh-so-tender moments surrounding birth. How powerful they are, for mothers and for babies. (And for fathers, but that's for another day!) How imprints from these moments can mark us lifelong.   After Eve was born, she never left my side during our 24-hour ABC room stay. This in contrast to my son Ian's birth, when I gave in and allowed them to whisk him away to the newborn nursery (against the strong advice of his progressive pediatrician, Jay Gordon). With Ian I was in... read more

Emotional Prep For Birth: Letting Go

(Picture property of Birth Boot Camp, used with permission.)   So you are having a baby.   And you are stressed out.     Because that baby has to come out of your body and everybody says it hurts and it will be AWFUL and, oh my goodness!  You can't even sleep anymore.  How are you supposed to emotionally "prepare" for that?   I was asking some birth professionals what they thought I should write about over here at Mothering and the very first suggestion (from a midwife no less) was emotional preparation for birth and a reminder that stress can cause you to... read more

Preparing for Postpartum: Surprises

By Olivia Hinebaugh     I remember being pregnant with my first. It was hard for my brain to truly comprehend that I was going to have a baby. Even after the initial ultrasound, it took me a few months to really “get” that I was pregnant. In the last months of pregnancy, I knew labor was going to happen. I devoted a lot of time reading about it, attending childbirth classes, and watching birth videos. It wasn’t until the last weeks that I really believed, “Wow, I’m going to be in labor. I’m going to give birth. There’s going to be a baby in my arms.”    Because of... read more

The Lies We Live With

By Sheryl Paul Around the sixth month of my pregnancy with my second son, my hip locked up to the point of debilitating pain. I had experienced something similar in my first pregnancy, but the second time was more extreme and I knew I needed help. I booked an appointment with a bodyworker and hobbled my way to his office. He asked if I was enjoying my pregnancy and I said, “I love that I’m pregnant but I hate being pregnant.” He laughed and said that when his wife was miserably pregnant he conducted an informal poll asking pregnant women everywhere if they enjoyed it.... read more

Interview with a Midwife: Diet, Supplements, and Pregnancy

  Have questions for a midwife?  Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink is  a Naturopathic Physician and Registered Midwife practicing at the Family Health Clinic in Langley, BC with a focus on pregnancy, infertility,  and women's and children's health, and a mom of three girls born at home.  She's teamed up with longtime Mothering sponsor Floradix Iron and Herbs to answer some of our questions about diet, supplements and iron in pregnancy.  Check back next week for the second part of our interview!       What are certain foods every pregnant mom should include in her diet to... read more

Black Women DO VBAC!- An Interview With Birth Activist, Melek Speros

One of the wonderful things that my passion for natural birth has brought into my life is the chance to meet women from all over the country who otherwise I would never know.  I always come across women who are re-shaping and improving the birthing climate here in America and around the world.     At my most recent Birth Boot Camp birth instructor training I met just such a woman and I want to share the work she is doing with as many people as possible. Melek is working to reduce cesarean sections and increase VBAC among black women and I think we can help her do it... read more

Baby Fever: 5 Fun Ways to Tell Your Partner That You're Ready for Another Baby

  Please note: This article is intended to be humorous so please read it with that in mind.    People often think that half the fun of having children is actually...making them. But in reality, for many of us, we first have to CONVINCE dad that another baby is a good idea. You can find countless ideas online about announcing your pregnancy, but not so many about how to convince (cajole, trick, persuade, etc) your partner that it is actually time to start trying again.    So, for your reading pleasure, here are a few tips for getting the guy on board with making... read more

Breech Birth: Why Can't Women Have it Their Way?

                                      I am excited to share a piece today from a friend of mine, Lauren.  Lauren immediately caught my attention when I met her.  Easily one of the most passionate and knowledgeable breech experts out there, she is doing some amazing work on her website (www.MyBreechBaby.org) making information about breech birth options more available to women everywhere.     She echos many of my own feelings regarding how sad it is that physicians are not even well trained in breech delivery these days.  How tragic that a... read more

The First Birth Matters (More Than You Think)

  Birth is sacred.  It is the transition from couple to family, from woman to mother, from one to two.   Birth is also, for most of us, a touch scary.  It is still, after all these millennia, a mystery in many ways.  And so, it is somewhat natural to dismiss the first birth.  People often say things like, “Well maybe with the next one I will…(try to go natural, have a home birth, take a birth class, hire a doula, etc.) but with this birth we will just see what happens.”   While I understand the sentiment I must issue a warning cry against simply dismissing the... read more

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