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  1. Queer Parenting
    Welcome queer, pregnant and parenting folks! This is the late winter/early spring thread, for the months of February and March 2013. If you want to be added, just post in bold with your due date. Also, if you have recently had your babe(s), please chime in with the name and birth date in bold...
  2. Pregnancy & Birth
    Pregnancy Weeks 1 to 4 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 View a different pregnancy week Join one of our popular due date clubs What's Happening in Your Body? Even...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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 *****, in between your...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  19. Pregnancy & Birth
    Week 21: Doulas for labor support A doula provides support consisting of praise, reassurance, measures to improve the comfort of the mother, physical contact such as rubbing the mother's back and holding her hands, explanation of what is going on during labour and delivery and a constant...
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