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38 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

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

Weeks 1 to 4: Pregnancy Week by Week

Find our full Pregnancy Week by Week Guide here.           Weeks 1 to 4: Confirming pregnancy and establishing due date   Becoming a parent may happen on purpose or by accident, but however it comes about, parenting itself is a calling. -Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Parenting     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? Even though you've just discovered that you're pregnant, you're already noticing some changes. You may... read more

Week 5: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 5: What to avoid, steps to a healthy lifestyle   It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready for change and others are not. -James Gordon, M.D.     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 uterus is beginning to expand, and if this is your first pregnancy, it will be about as big as a tennis ball. With subsequent pregnancies, your... read more

Week 6: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 6: What to do about morning sickness and nausea   Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. -Benjamin Franklin     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? You may begin to notice sensitivity to certain smells, especially food odors, or even experience slight nausea at times. Some women will experience more serious morning sickness or... read more

Week 7: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 7: How much does diet matter?   When I use the words eating well, I mean using food not only to influence health and well being but to satisfy the senses, providing pleasure and comfort. -Andrew Weil, M.D., Eating Well for Optimum Health     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? You may begin to notice that you are responding to many things in your life with stronger emotions than... read more

Week 8: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 8: How to choose a place for your baby's birth Human beings are mammals. All mammals hide themselves, isolate themselves to give birth. They need privacy. It is the same for humans. We should always be aware of this need for privacy. -Michel Odent, M.D., Birth Reform     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? You may begin to notice some weight gain. Although your uterus may not... read more

Week 9: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 9: How to choose your birth practitioner Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians. -Greek Proverb       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 uterus has expanded to about the size of an orange by now, although you still probably won't be able to see this increase from the outside. What's Happening with Your Baby? It is not yet possible to determine if... read more

Week 10: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 10: Prenatal testing, and how to have a better relationship with food Birth goes best if it is not intruded upon by strange people and strange events. It goes best when a woman feels safe enough and free enough to abandon herself to the process. -Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman, A Midwife's Story     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? You may begin to see changes in your... read more

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

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