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44 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Medical Marijuana: A Surprising Solution to Severe Morning Sickness

Sidebar: Is Marijuana a Valuable Treatment for Autism?Sidebar: Common Treatments for Hyperemesis GravidarumSidebar: Use of Marijuana during Pregnancy Medical Marijuana: A Surprising Solution to Severe Morning Sickness By Erin HildebrandtIssue 124 May/June 2004 As is the case for many young women, my indulgence in recreational drugs, including alcohol and caffeine, came to an abrupt halt when my husband and I discovered we were pregnant with our first child. To say we were ecstatic is an understatement. Doctors had told me we might never conceive, yet here we were,... read more

Painting Your Fears Away

Late pregnancy is a time when fears may resurface, and art is the perfect medium to address challenging emotions. Gather together five small sheets of paper, an envelope to hold them, some inexpensive finger paints, and several large pieces of paper. Choose some open-ended time when you won’t be interrupted for awhile. On the small pieces of paper, write down five things that you are afraid of at this time in your pregnancy. Use just a few words or a title that signifies the fear, then fold the papers and place them into an envelope. When you’re ... read more

Fragrant Pregnancy

By Kamyar M. Hedayat, MD Web Exclusive - September 01, 2009 IntroductionIf I asked you to describe pregnancy, would one of the words you used be fragrant? Probably not. If you think of ways of describing pregnancy, scent is probably not one of them. When women do remember the scents of pregnancy, they tend to use such words as putrid (after throwing up from morning sickness) or acrid (from acid reflux) or hircine (i.e., goat-like; from the smell of amniotic fluid and afterbirth). It would seem that there’s nothing fragrant about being pregnant or delivering a baby.... read more

Beads and Blessings

By Anne Nicholson WeberWeb ExclusiveWhen my friend Sandra was pregnant with her second child, she had a blessingway instead of a baby shower. Eight of her closest women friends came together one afternoon, each with an offering for a birth altar: a fan (to symbolize opening), a candle shaped like an egg to burn during labor, stones and feathers and talismans of all sorts. Each woman spoke in turn, placing her offering in the center of our circle and explaining its meaning. Some brought poems or other readings. We ate good food, and Sandra told us she felt strengthened to... read more

My Perfect/Not-So-Perfect Moment: The Play Birth and BOLD Turn Five

BOLD 2011 Muskoka, Canada   “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” -       Anna Quindlen   I’m a perfectionist, or so I’ve been told. Recently as a mom being perfect has been a tough calling. This summer I’ve felt like the captain of team Loser Mom. The kids are dressed – probably because they are ten and twelve now and dress themselves – but the rest of my household is an utter mess. Perfect started slipping in June.   Now, late... read more

Five Factors to Consider when Choosing a Childbirth Class

    Thank you to Lamaze International for this guest article.   By Allison J. Walsh, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE   Just as every pregnancy and birth is unique, so too is every childbirth class. While the options available to you may seem overwhelming, it is important to do your homework. A good childbirth class can not only prepare you for labor, it can expand your personal view of birth, lessen your fears and, most importantly, build your confidence in yourself and your body. To find one that works for you, take into account the following five factors.   1.... read more

A Hollywood Tale: Fox Television Casting Call for Pregnant Women in Southern California!

Fox Television's, "Mobbed" Fox producers are looking for pregnant women to ANNOUNCE THEIR PREGNANCY to the grandparents-to-be or to the husband, on national tv in a flash mob on the new hit show, Mobbed. From the casting agents: “Must be 18-years or older and US citizen or permanent legal resident of US Outgoing & charismatic & willing to share your news on national tv Ideally in Southern California, but if you have a GREAT story, we will consider you” Email: MobbedTV@gmail.com Email attn. Chrissy,... read more

Pondering Origins

I am constantly comparing the very different personalities of my two sons. They are two years apart and from the time “Segundo” was born, “Primero” made it clear that they were going to mix about as well as oil and water.  I don’t really think its so strange that siblings can have such different personalities or outlooks on life, but seeing first hand every day the way that they interact with (and sometimes repel) each other makes me ponder the reason why they are so different. A close friend, my soul sister, and a mother whom I deeply respect and try to... read more

Retreat for Pregnant Women and New Moms!

Join me for a Mindful Motherhood retreat in O’Keefe Country – the high desert of Northern New Mexico! Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year June 20-26, 2011 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico Based on research on the benefits of mindfulness training for pregnant women and new moms this retreat is for pregnant women, moms of all ages, and professionals who want to incorporate mindfulness into their work with mothers. Bring your kids! Fabulous children’s program, and afternoons free... read more

Mindfulness in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood: Why Now?

I’m working on a Mindful Motherhood online course, a meditation and yoga-based program for pregnant women and new moms based on our research project and book of the same name, and was asked to come up with a list of “frequently asked questions” about how mindfulness relates to pregnancy and motherhood. I’ll post the FAQ questions and answers here as they are edited…they provide a nice little introduction to mindfulness during pregnancy and early motherhood. (P.S. Join me for the next Mindful Motherhood workshop, June 2011, in the high desert of New... read more

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