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23 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

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

Optimal Cord Clamping Gives Your Baby A Boost!

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   From the moment Daddy or your birth partner cuts your newborn’s umbilical cord, your infant begins her life as an autonomous being. Both symbolically and literally, your baby will now seek nourishment as a being separate from you. While the act of cutting the umbilical cord can be filled with meaning, there are practical elements to consider.   Dr. Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green, is at the forefront of a movement called TICC TOCC, which seeks to educate parents about the importance of... read more

IUDs: Benefits and Risks of Using Mirena or ParaGard for Birth Control

  What is an Intrauterine Device (IUD)? IUDs are small T-shaped plastic devices that are are either wrapped in copper or contain small amounts of synthetic hormones. Once inserted into the uterus they are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. There are several types of intrauterine devices. This article looks briefly at the two most popular brands, ParaGard and Mirena, as well as some of the known benefits and side effects of these devices.    The Good and the Bad: the benefits and negatives of IUDs at a glance   Benefits up to 99% effective in preventing... read more

What to Buy Before Baby Arrives: 25 Truly Useful Items for Infant and Postpartum Care

  Recently a story about Baby Boxes given to new moms in Finland hit the news and struck a chord. The concept of one box packed full of everything a new mama needs for herself and baby is a great one and we wondered -- what would Mothering mamas put in such a box? What would really be useful to a new parent?    So we went ahead and asked our readers and here are the results -- the ultimate Mothering baby box packed full of helpful, safe and natural items to grab before the little one arrives!   Clothes and Baby Care   Under... 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

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Choosing a Place to Give Birth

Why choose the birth setting before even deciding if you want to have a midwife or a doctor? Studies have shown that a feeling of comfort and safety in your surroundings might be the biggest contribution to a smooth labor—and the best way to reduce the need for medical interventions. Which birth environment is safest? Surprisingly, homebirths, births in birthing centers and hospital births are comparably safe. Recent studies show definitively that there is no improvement in outcome, for mother or baby, in hospital births as compared to those that happen at home... read more

Unique Baby Names: 30 Unusual Suggestions to Spark the Imagination

Boys   Aquila eagle Latin   Duarte wealthy guardian Portuguese   Elsu flying falcon Native American   Faolan wolf Irish   Gaagii raven Native American   Lywanu growling... read more

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