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44 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Preparing Your Child to Attend a Sibling's Birth

By Olivia Hinebaugh     I knew when I found out I was pregnant for the second time that I wanted my son to be included in as much of the pregnancy and birth as possible. I grew up knowing all about pregnancy and birth thanks to my mother’s career as a childbirth educator. I think it really helped me in how I viewed birth and pregnancy as a natural healthy period in a woman’s life. I want my children to view birth similarly and I wanted my son to be with me throughout the process.   This is not for everyone, but if you want to include your child in the birth of... read more

Belly Binding for Prenatal Comfort and Postpartum Healing

Originally posted at motherwiselife.org Have you heard of belly binding?  I hadn’t until I took Gena Kirby’s Rebozo class, where she demonstrated (among the many uses of Rebozo) prenatal belly binding for comfort and support. Belly binding has a long history in many different cultures, including West Africa, South America, and Asia, where both prenatal and postpartum belly binding are popular traditions. Considering the fact that most women gain somewhere around 30lbs during pregnancy, most of which is carried in our bellies (putting considerable strain on our... 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

Labor Day rallies call for "Improving Birth"

                  D.C. birth activists rally in front of U.S. Capitol   In more than 170 cities in the U.S. Japan, Australia and Canada, birth activists held Labor Day rallies to advocate for “evidenced-based care for all moms and babies.” Organized by volunteers on behalf of ImprovingBirth.org, more than 12,000 people were expected to come out in support of improved maternal healthcare in the U.S., which ranks 45th in maternal safety, according to the United Nations.   Two of the local coordinators were Nicole Bruno, a doula and Bradley Method teacher, and Kelli... read more

Gurmukh's Postpartum Wisdom

When I was pregnant with our daughter, I took prenatal yoga with the renowned Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Gurmukh's wisdom encircled and empowered me through my pregnancy, and nourished me through the tender postpartum period -- inviting us to engage an ancient wisdom prescription: cocoon at home for forty days.   We closed each class by singing a Kundalini farewell blessing (originally lyrics from an Incredible String Band song):   May the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on.   Isn’t this... read more

Chinese Gender Prediction for Baby: How accurate is it?

                         Thousands of years ago the Chinese developed a calendar to predict a baby's sex. It was supposedly discovered buried in a royal tomb about 700 years ago and is said to be over 90% accurate when used correctly.    Of course, this is really just for fun--but we would love to hear from you (and we are sure many pregnant mamas would as well) whether the chart is accurate for your past births. Please check the chart and tell us about the prediction(s) in the comments below!    How Do I Predict My Baby's Gender Using This Chart?... read more

Taking Care of Yourself After Baby: There is No Such Thing as Normal

  Embracing and Nurturing your Overwhelmed Self Post-Partum and Beyond   by Katharina Sandizell   When I had my first child, I spent a lot of time thinking about and preparing for the birth. When the baby finally came, I was mildly depressed and out of sorts for a while, at the same time feeling guilty that I wasn’t overflowing with an abundance of selfless love and joy. I realized that every second of what had been plenty of personal space was now taken over by a baby that would require all of my attention and more.   These overwhelmed and depressed... read more

New Mama Survival Guide: Simple Tips for Going Natural

  The first book I ever read about pregnancy, birth, and babies was Ina May Gaskin's Spiritual Midwifery.  I wasn't interested in becoming a midwife, and this was several years before I even thought of becoming a mother, but it looked interesting so I picked it up.  It rocked my world.  I had never thought of birth in such earthy terms; I had never considered mother-directed birth, and I definitely hadn't thought that birth could be pleasant or even pain-free!  I feel so fortunate to have discovered this book, discovered this whole world of thinking differently about... read more

A Sacred Pregnancy

A special thank you to Anni Dautler for writing this guest blog post on the sacredness that is pregnancy and birth! When I was pregnant with my second child, Lotus, I became obsessed with trying to find women I could connect with that knew about the sacredness of birth and the rite of passage process that every mother goes through, but few mark. My pregnancy craving was for that sisterhood that used to exist back in the day when women lived in tribes and pregnancy wisdom was passed down from mother to mother. Not being able to find what I was truly looking... read more

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