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Week 11: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 11: Make time for exercise and how to beat the blues   Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. -Thomas Jefferson       Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!   What's Happening in Your Body? Your blood volume has now increased by 25 percent. Because of this, most women will begin to experience a gradual decrease in the extreme fatigue of the earlier weeks. What's Happening... read more

Week 12: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 12: What to do when your clothes don't fit   The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart. -Helen Keller       Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? Around this time, many women begin to notice a distinguishable bulge on their abdominal region. Your stomach may feel firmer to the touch as well. Your uterus is now about... read more

Week 13: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 13: Common concerns in the second trimester and the pregnancy food groups The body has its own way of knowing, a knowing that has little to do with logic, and much to do with truth, little to do with control, and much to do with acceptance... -Marilyn Sewell   What's Happening in Your Body? You may begin to notice an increase in your appetite. For most women, nausea is beginning to subside, although food cravings may increase and continue for some time. What's Happening with... read more

Week 14: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 14: Understanding weight gain during pregnancy   Being pregnant is like getting on a train that whisks you down the track to a destination not precisely known. -Rahima Baldwin and Terra Palmarini Richardson, Pregnant Feelings: Developing Trust in Birth   What's Happening in Your Body? Your clothes may be starting to feel snug. It's important to feel comfortable and unrestricted, so it may be time to start making some changes in your wardrobe. From this point on you will notice... read more

Week 15: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 15: All about amniocentesis Faith is belief in the unseen, the quietly held conviction that even though you can't imagine how, at some time, in some place, in the right way, the thing you desire will indeed come to pass. -Daphne Rose Kingman     What's Happening in Your Body? You may find fatigue lessening now. Some women report a surge of energy at the beginning of the second trimester, along with a general sense of well-being. What's Happening with Your Baby? Your baby... read more

Week 16: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 16: Dealing with powerful emotions   Everything becomes possible by the mere presence of someone who knows how to listen, to live and to give of himself. -Elie Wiesl     What's Happening in Your Body? You may begin to notice a dark line, called the linea nigra, in between your belly button and the pubic region. This normal pigment change will fade after the baby's birth. What's Happening with Your Baby? Your baby is beginning to make breathing motions and can turn her... read more

Week 17: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 17: Create a network of other women   To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. -Mother Theresa, Meditations from a Simple Path     What's Happening in Your Body? Most women notice that they need to urinate more frequently early on in pregnancy. Now you may also find that you need to get up during the night to use the bathroom. What's Happening with Your Baby? The hair on the baby's head and eyebrows is now becoming coarser and is beginning to develop... read more

Week 18: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 18: How to effectively communicate with your birth attendant Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -Dr. Seuss     What's Happening in Your Body? You may start to feel your baby's movements more reliably. At first this might just seem like a tiny flutter, but soon there will be no mistaking it. What's Happening with Your Baby? Your baby is now about five to six inches long-about as long as your... read more

Week 19: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 19: Is childbirth education for you? Lessons in preparing for childbirth are really lessons in living. -Lynn Moen, Around the Circle Gently       What's Happening in Your Body? Your nipples and the area around them (the areola) may start to darken. Hormonal changes and the increase in your blood supply cause many women to feel congested during pregnancy and also to sweat more or to notice an increase in vaginal discharge. This is normal. What's Happening with Your... read more

Week 20: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 20: How to create a birth plan Childbirth is not a physical function. The drama of the physical manifestations has blinded its observers to the truth-the birth of a child is the ultimate phenomenon of a series of spiritual experiences, from fantasy to fact and from fact to fruition. -Grantly Dick Read, MD-Childbirth Without Fear   What's Happening in Your Body? Your appetite continues to increase, and you may find that you are not just hungry-you are ravenous! The risk of... read more

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