Pregnancy

May 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We're at the end of National Women's Health Week and to celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite -- and fun -- ways to get in your 30 minutes a day of fitness, as recommended by the Office on Women's Health and many leading health experts around the country.... Read More
May 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is International Doula Month, and if you're a parent who's had a positive experience with a doula (and there are many!), you'll understand why we celebrate doulas! If you're hoping to be a parent soon or expecting a baby currently and haven't made up your mind about hiring a doula, you'll want t... Read More
May 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Unless you regularly eat "clean" and health-fully, making dietary changes during your pregnancy can be difficult. Eat this, not that, drink this, not that, more water, less saturated fat, cut sugar... gah! It's overwhelming. While it is optimal to make several changes at once and overhaul your diet,... Read More
May 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you are trying to get pregnant, just found out you are pregnant, planning for a pregnancy in the future, or seeking a new provider, it's important for you to know that -- like most things in life -- you have options. In honor of the International Day of the Midwife, we are presenting key facts an... Read More
May 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With pregnancy comes an onslaught of decision-making points. As someone who often struggles with making decisions on the silliest of things (I was the type of pregnant person to Google tbe stats on which pregnancy tests were most accurate and least expensive), I remember feeling overwhelmed with the... Read More
April 21, 2017 by Lamaze International
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The 2017 New York Baby Show, May 20-21 at Pier 94, will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring countie... Read More
April 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We have shared with you before the work that Consumer Reports has done on behalf of expectant families, including publishing hospital c-section rates, ways to avoid a c-section, and examining routine tests and treatment for children. Consumer Reports' investigation and advocacy for childbearing fami... Read More
April 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month. On the blog, we talk throughout the year about healthy birth practices, which also include the best, research-based ways to avoid cesarean. This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on specific things you can do to increase your chance of avoiding a c... Read More
March 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Do a quick search on Amazon and you'll find thousands of books about pregnancy and childbirth (21,701 to be exact, according to my most recent search). You'll even find a ton rated at four stars and up! So how do you choose? You can read some of the reviews to see what others liked about the book.... Read More
March 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality (mothers dying within 42 days after the end of pregnancy) among all industrialized countries. The highest. More than 50% of those maternal deaths are preventable. The state of maternal and infant care in the United States is a national cri... Read More
March 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Spring is in the air (unless of course, you're buried in snow -- sorry!), and for some, the fresh air and budding flowers prompt the need to clear out and clean out the house. Of course, preparing for the arrival of a new baby can also make you feel like you need to prep, clean, and organize (nestin... Read More
March 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nutrition resources for pregnant people on the 'net are seemingly endless, which is great -- and totally overwhelming. Below we're sharing some of our favorite links to these resources, with a variety of ideas, tips, and topics.

 

10 Surprising Prenatal Power Foods (Fit Pregnancy) - Some of these... Read More
March 15, 2017 by Lamaze International
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You just found out you are pregnant. You are excited, you’re glowing, and you may be outrageously hungry or a little bit nauseous. Whatever the case, being pregnant can be an amazing time, but also an overwhelming and uncertain experience; after all, you are bringing a new life into this worl... Read More
March 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a condition that affects about X percentage of those who become pregnant and causes you to vomit and/or feel nauseous throughout the day, during your entire pregnancy. Those who have experienced HG will tell you, "No. It is NOT the same as 'morning sickness.'"... Read More
March 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March is National Nutrition Month and throughout the month, we'll be sharing helpful -- and healthy -- resources on the role that good nutrition plays in a healthy pregnancy and birth. Today we address healthy fats, otherwise known as unsaturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. These kin... Read More
February 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For matters of childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum health during Black History Month, we want to highlight the disparity between white and black mothers and families -- and what you can do to help. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women die during pregnancy, childbirth... Read More
February 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I'm sharing with you 6 of the most important and my personal recent favorite posts from the net. Enjoy!

New fish consumption guidelines during pregnancy - The FDA has released new guidelines for which fish to eat and how much during pregnancy, according to mercury lev... Read More
January 25, 2017 by Lamaze International
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You are what you eat- these words are even more true when it’s in reference to when you are pregnant! In all honesty, right now, the phrase should be “Your baby is what you eat.” Your body is growing cells and processing at a rapid rate, literally what you are eating is becoming your child. There ar... Read More
January 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If your new to this blog or Lamaze, you may not know that we have a sister blog written for researchers and maternal-child health professionals called Science & Sensibility. From time to time, we'll review their posts and write up summaries that are more accessible to parents. Today, we're sharing t... Read More
January 11, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Well, today is my due date with no baby in sight, so I won't be one of the 5% who delivers "on time." I'm as comfortable as any full-term pregnant woman has a right to be, which is to say I'm pretty uncomfortable but I know it could be a lot worse. Mae keeps inching her way down and then leaping bac... Read More
January 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, an awareness event that helps spread information to parents about the most effective ways to prevent birth defects. This month, MotherToBaby, a service of the international non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), rele... Read More
December 30, 2016 by Lamaze International
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My apologies if you noticed that I missed my 37 week update and thought I might have delivered early. The combination of my last week at work and Christmas got in the way of everything else, and I’m just now getting my bearings. I’m still very pregnant and not feeling particularly ready to pop; I ha... Read More
December 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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2016 is coming to an end, but before it does, let's take a look at what happened here on the Giving Birth with Confidence blog from Lamaze. I'll share with you the most popular posts according to the number of views, my personal favorite posts, and the top 10 search terms. 

 

Most Popular Posts fr... Read More
December 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Virtual instruction can be a great place to start on your journey toward childbirth education. Webinars are usually about an hour long and include a recorded presentation from a professional in the field. I've provided a list of a handful of free recorded webinars available from Lamaze and other res... Read More
December 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many, the weekends are all about getting together with friends, catching up on household to-dos, and sleeping in. But what about if you're pregnant? Of course, those things will likely still be on your list, but let's take a look at the other helpful things you can do during the weekend if you'r... Read More
December 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My only major pregnancy update from the last two weeks is that Mae is now responding to outside stimulus - when I press on her foot, she generally kicks back. It's also very easy to see when she's moving around in there, and it has been fun to share that experience with Carson and others. I play and... Read More
December 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on the oft-talked-about, much loved and sometimes loathed birth plan. We'll address what a birth plan is -- and what it isn't, resources on different kinds of birth plans, and critical tips for communicating your birth plan (perhaps the most im... Read More
November 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The holiday season is full of fun, nostalgia, merriment, and -- let's face it -- stress. Being pregnant during this time can bring added excitement -- and also more stress. (Do you see a pattern here? Where's there's excitement, there's likely to be stress!) And we are learning, more and more, the i... Read More
November 25, 2016 by Lamaze International
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This week's post is going to be a hodgepodge of topics because I'm not feeling clever enough to tie them together into a theme other than "Whoa all of a sudden I'm super pregnant." I am starting to adjust to the reality of dressing my larger body. I took being small for granted for so long, and it's... Read More
November 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For most people in the United States, today is Thanksgiving Day -- a time-honored holiday tradition that recognizes history, provides opportunity to give thanks for the good things in life, and encourages people to overindulge on comfort foods. If you're pregnant this Thanksgiving, your holiday c... Read More
November 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Adorable Preemie Clothes Made & Donated to Babies in NICU

 

Look But Don't Touch - Life After Neonatal Care

 

Tips for getting through the days in the NICU from a dad who’s done it

 

Prematurity in 2016: Concern, Hope, and the Landscape of Unknowns

 

5 Things That May Help Your Process Your... Read More
November 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 is World Prematurity Awareness Day, a recognition day promoted by several organizations in the World Prematurity Awareness Network to raise awareness of the fact that premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. It is a global health cr... Read More
November 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many parents, premature birth is unexpected, scary, and overwhelming. It's true that medically, we have made many advances to help premature babies survive and thrive, but even so, it can be a time of great uncertainty and heightened anxiety caused by the many ups and downs that are often the ha... Read More
November 11, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Cara... the second half of this might be hard for you to post, but I had to write it.Well, it happened. I "popped." That is a word that has been used in reference to my stomach at least a dozen times in the past week, almost always accompanied by how "cute" I look. Guess how much I love this new com... Read More
November 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy lasts nearly 10 months. (Oh, you thought it was 9? Sorry to disappoint.) During that span of time, it's inevitable that you will experience an event or multiple events that will cause emotional distress. For some, today, it may be the presidential election results. For others, it could be... Read More
November 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According the the March of Dimes' most recent report card, the United States scored a "C" on premature birth rates. For the first time in eight years, the percentage of premature births in the United States increased, and what's most alarming is the widening difference in prematurity rates for diffe... Read More
November 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For your Friday, below are recent articles from the collective world-wide voice of parents. These days, your village often includes those you find support and solace in online as well as in person. 

"They Should've Warned Me" (Huffington Post)

This sweet twist on the warnings many parents get duri... Read More
November 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that every day and week of pregnancy is critical for baby's development. In a news release about the study, Children's National Health System reports:

"During the third trimester -- the final 13 to 14 weeks of gestation -- fetuses' brains grow e... Read More
October 31, 2016 by Lamaze International
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How to get your nutrients during pregnancy Last month we stressed the importance of not only taking your prenatal vitamins, but the importance of eating a sound and nutritious diet during pregnancy. That, unfortunately, though prenatal vitamins are a great addition to fulfilling nutritional needs du... Read More
October 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You may or may not have noticed that I skipped the 27 week blog. My apologies! Carson and I were in Seattle for my sister's wedding and our baby shower, and we took a mini road trip in between, and blogging went by the wayside. I'm happy to report that both the wedding and shower were great successe... Read More
October 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've been on Pinterest searching Halloween costume ideas, no doubt you've seen a ton of cute ideas for Halloween costumes during pregnancy. With a week left to go, you'll easily be able to pull off any of the following fun ideas.

 

Belly paint - A classic that leaves room for so many options!... Read More
October 21, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Whether it’s diet, medicines, or daily practices, our habits influence which microbes are in and on us. Our health is intricately intertwined with the health of our microbiomes. The first few years of life are particularly important, as the human and microbial “self” of a person is developing. Our m... Read More
October 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're not using Pinterest on the regular for all things pregnancy, birth, and babies, get thee there ASAP! Seriously, Pinterest is a fantastic resource for so many things related to parenting and children. Plus, the visual layout is super helpful to spot targeted resources quickly and easily.... Read More
October 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the Southeastern U.S. coast, people who live in the projected path are making preparations for safety, like filling up on gas, purchasing non-perishables, protecting valuables, and securing their home. Pregnant women, especially those in the late stages (7-9 mon... Read More
September 30, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Carson and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary (4+ years as a couple, though; it's weird to "start over" at 1) last weekend. We went to the county fair, which is where we started our honeymoon, and watched sheepdog trials and the rodeo. We also won first place for our wildflower honey! It's f... Read More
September 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Wrapping up National Yoga Month, we have guest writer, yoga instructor, and Lamaze educator Leslie Lytle providing us with simple and effective yoga poses to help with common pregnancy discomforts. 

 

By Leslie Lytle, MS, LCCE, RPYT, ERYT500

 

The capacity of the female body to shift and change... Read More
September 23, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Take a look at the following top 5 reads for your Friday. We think our own resources are great, of course, but love sharing other worthy, evidence-based tips and articles, too!... Read More
September 21, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last month, we reported on new research that questions the purported benefits of prenatal vitamins. Our in-house nutrition expert told us about how obtaining nutrients through diet is critical. That said, there are still some important nutrients that are recommended to be taken in supplement form, a... Read More
September 16, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Before I got pregnant, I worried that people would comment on how big I was getting. I assumed that since I had a short torso I would pop out like a balloon. However, at 5 1/2 months pregnant, if I wear a flowy top or you look at me from the front I don't look pregnant at all. I went to a wedding ov... Read More
September 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The benefits of prenatal yoga are solid, so I'm not going to spend any time here explaining why you should make it a priority during your pregnancy. Instead, let's talk about how to better access yoga. Some would argue that yoga is only for [already] fit, non-working, affluent women. But that couldn... Read More
September 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hello from week 21! (Or, by the time this is posted, almost 22 – time flies.) This post is going to seem off-topic for a bit, but bear with me. Years ago, I discovered that a woman who had been using my computer didn’t sign out of her email account. We were both teaching abroad and had only known ea... Read More
September 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Hump Day! Why not celebrate with some fun and informative internet reading on pregnancy and birth? I love combing the net for new resources and posts to share, spending time carefully choosing just the right content (because there is a plethora of bad content, let me tell you!). 

 

How to Su... Read More
August 29, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You just found out you’re pregnant, about 2 or 3 weeks along. Your pediatrician will mention what to expect during the first trimester, how much weight you’ll expect to put on... and don’t forget those prenatal vitamins! But, are prenatal vitamins as beneficial as we think they a... Read More
August 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As I write this, I am five days past my due date with my third baby. I'm no stranger to being "overdue." With my last pregnancy, I gave birth five days after my estimated due date. I was lucky enough with my first to go into labor three days before being due. Despite the fact that a perfectly health... Read More
August 19, 2016 by Lamaze International
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It's official - the world can tell I'm pregnant! I hadn't really noticed a difference until two friends in one day commented that I was finally showing.
I had a minor meltdown on my first day in Los Angeles (if you recall, two weeks ago I wrote about taking 11 teenagers to LA for a college access re... Read More
August 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I'm not going to lie, the last two weeks have been rough. On Friday, July 22 I got a weird virus that impacted a lot of pregnant women in my area. It manifested with mild flu symptoms - low grade fever and aches but no loss of appetite - with major vertigo. I went home sick and didn't come back to w... Read More
August 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today, August 3 is #BumpDay 2016, a day designated to raise awareness of maternal health care issues across the world. The cause urges women to share pictures of their "bump" (or pregnant belly -- current or previous) to help raise awareness of the maternity crisis that exists worldwide. More import... Read More
July 29, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There have been some helpful and interesting bits of information in the news this week on pregnancy and birth. Below is a round-up of current stories, research, and events. 

 

Induced Labor Not Linked to ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) - Medscape

While there was once believed to be a link, a new... Read More
July 27, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Throughout the ages, pregnancy and childbirth has often been seen as a sort of mystical, magical experience. When you think about the awesomeness of creating and producing new, human life (a real, live, breathing and thinking human!), it's understandable that many view it as an experience of the div... Read More
July 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My post is a little late this week because I have struggled with how to write the truth of the last two weeks, which is that I have felt detached from my pregnancy. I’m still not showing, my symptoms are gone, and my brain isn’t occupied by the insistent thought “I’m pregnant!” every five seconds. I... Read More
July 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, hilariously awesome comedian and author Jessi Klein published an opinion piece in New York Times called, "Get the Epidural." In an unexpected and off-putting exchange with a stranger, Klein is asked whether she will get an epidural during birth, to which she replies, "At the very least."... Read More
July 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Moving your body throughout labor and birth has so many benefits. It can reduce your time in labor, reduce your pain, and reduce your risk of unwanted interventions. We've talked at length about how you can maintain freedom of movement during labor and birth. But how will you know what to do when it... Read More
July 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Mindy Cockeram,

On the first night of my Lamaze Class, we always discuss fears that women and men have about pregnancy and childbirth. One of the most consistently expressed fears is the worry over the health of the baby before, during and after the birth. It is common for members of the class t... Read More
July 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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I am now in what I hope to be is my son’s birth month! Emotions are running high….I find myself crying over the smallest of things. I wasn’t really very emotional in early pregnancy, so my husband finds it super funny that I am crying so much now. And I don’t even tell him every time that I tear up-... Read More
July 8, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Good news! We got the blood work results back and everything looks healthy and normal. We also found out that we're having a baby girl! This came as a bit of a shock since we were convinced it was a boy, but we really should have known based on the evening we had spent discussing names. We talked fo... Read More
July 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many of us, summer is synonymous with sun, heat, and humidity. When paired with pregnancy, these conditions can be hard to tolerate. This is true for those early in pregnancy as well as in the late third trimester. And of course, summer also is a time where there are more outdoor activities, fam... Read More
June 29, 2016 by Lamaze International
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I’ll never forget the moment I saw my positive pregnancy test last year.
 

It was the day before Valentine's Day and I woke up early to go teach in the city. Before leaving, I decided to take a test even though I was still days away from a missed period. I had been trying to conceive for 6 long mon... Read More
June 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I've entered week 11 and we're just one week away from sharing the good news far and wide, so for my last week of relative pregnancy privacy I figured I'd share a smorgasbord of symptoms and experiences with the World Wide Web.
1) IRRATIONAL CRYING. I inherited my mother's ability to be very emotio... Read More
June 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Anna Glezer, MDThere is an essential connection between the mind and body. We cannot think of one without the other, and most distress comes from an imbalance in both. More and more patients are turning to mind-body interventions to treat various conditions – from major medical illnesses to menta... Read More
June 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. Many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. But for some women, these emotions are more serious and may stay for so... Read More
June 6, 2016 by Lamaze International
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We'd like to introduce you to our newest Great Expectations blogger, Elizabeth, who is 9 weeks pregnant with her first baby. Welcome and congratulations, Elizabeth!

Hi, I’m Elizabeth and I’m nine weeks pregnant. My husband Carson and I live in Mendocino County in Northern California; I work for a n... Read More
June 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With recent research telling us that your choice of birth location (hospital, birth center, home) has the most impact on birth outcomes and interventions used, it's also important to point out the impact of your choice of care provider on your birth, whether doctor or midwife. Taking the time to cho... Read More
May 27, 2016 by Lamaze International
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The last couple of weeks have been marked mostly by the same symptoms I’ve been having: nausea off and on, heartburn and acid reflux, fatigue, and feeling uncomfortably bigger. One new symptom: Braxton Hicks contractions. These are so weird to me! I’ve read about them, but I had to ask a friend and... Read More
May 23, 2016 by Lamaze International
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This is the first in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue monthly until we reach the end of the 20th century.



Birth Stories of the Past: Albert Jr., Born May 12,... Read More
May 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and the Preeclampsia Foundation has proclaimed this year's theme "The Faces of Preeclampsia: Any Woman, Any Pregnancy." As the name of the theme implies, any woman can develop preeclampsia, and any woman can develop preeclampsia during any pregnancy (whether or n... Read More
May 18, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Here we are, mid-May and I am nearing 37 weeks of my pregnancy. I am barely keeping up with my life. Or maybe I am expecting myself to keep up with it too much. I have no idea how women with multiple children handle the ups and down of carrying a new life. I guess you just have to do what it takes.... Read More
May 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The following is an interview with Esther Gokhale, creator of the Gokhale Method, a set of steps that center around healthy posture and movement to relieve back pain. Esther has spent years studying and researching integrative therapies, and after experienving crippling back pain after her first pre... Read More
May 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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The baby belly is really starting to pop now! I’m beginning to struggle with putting shoes on, picking up dropped items, and moving around in general. My husband is getting a kick out of seeing me waddling around and bumping into things, and I guess I’m just glad that someone is enjoying my new bumb... Read More
May 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze wishes all of the new moms, expectant moms, seasoned moms, and grandmas out there a Happy Mother's Day. As our treat to you, we created a little video that celebrates the very beginnings of the journey into motherhood. "Life Lessons Begin Before Birth" also shows how Lamaze can help expectant... Read More
May 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lots of big stuff has been happening since I last wrote in. First off, you are now reading the blog of a 41 year old woman! My birthday was fairly uneventful and was mostly celebrated at work with Greek food and a Carvel ice cream cake. My husband made tacos when I got home and brought me flowers. M... Read More
May 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Mother's day is this weekend! If someone you know is pregnant, consider gifting this special mom-to-be with something that celebrates and honors their pregnancy. Even if they don't have a baby in hands yet, their journey to motherhood has already begun and is deserving of recognition. 



Mother & d... Read More
April 27, 2016 by Lamaze International
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I’m now one week away from turning 41 years old and T-minus 10 days from my baby shower. I finally, finally have been able to get on “the ride.” For years, I watched my friends have children, while I struggled with my fertility issues. So having a baby shower has been sort of a right of passage and... Read More
April 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Okay, I’ll give the bad news first: nausea the past two weeks has been awful! I’ve had to cancel and say no to many fun activities with friends and family, and I feel like I’m barely making it through the workday before collapsing at home. And then, I can only stomach one or two chores around the ho... Read More
April 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Here I am, rounding out about 32 weeks of pregnancy (pun intended)…I have no idea how this happened. I mean, I remember the day that we drove out of state to have the IVF done. I remember seeing the little shooting star on the screen as they jettisoned the embryo, who is now our daughter, into me. I... Read More
April 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When we had our first sonogram at about 8 weeks, my husband and I were told that our baby’s umbilical cord was not attached in a preferable location to the placenta. While they like to see it around the center of the placenta, ours is attached at the very “tip top”. We are going to have regular sono... Read More
March 30, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I have gracefully entered my third trimester. Last week was appointment-laden. Monday: special egg donor recipient therapist. Tuesday: 28w midwife appointment. Wednesday: vascular neurologist at Johns Hopkins. Thursday: 28w growth scan at Maternal and Fetal health. And Friday? I’m trying my best not... Read More
March 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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With Spring approaching, we finally get to move away from the winter nutrition staples of squash, cauliflower, apples and pears, into the bounty that grows from now through the summer. This means our pregnant mamas out there can start to taste the fresh, local goodies becoming available in March and... Read More
March 23, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Join me in welcoming our newest Great Expectations blogger, Emily Cline! Emily joins us at 22 weeks in her first pregnancy. We're happy to have this new perspective and journey to follow along with in our Great Expectations series. -Cara Terreri, Giving Birth with Confidence Community Manager

 

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March 21, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As part of National Nutrition Month, we'd be remiss to overlook concerns in pregnancy over foods to avoid and why. Many foods on the "no-no"/caution list in pregnancy are on that list due to the food-borne illness called listeriosis, caused by bacteria called Listeria. Listeria is a type of bacteria... Read More
March 18, 2016 by Lamaze International
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At 27 weeks pregnant, I think I have made enough changes to clear up my mood a bit. A few weeks ago, and for many weeks prior to that, I was feeling pretty low. I just could not keep up with my life and all of my intentions. I had created a huge amount of internal pressure to achieve so much and jus... Read More
March 16, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Meet today's author and nutrition expert, Petra Colindres, Family Dietitian, Lactation Consultant and owner of Nutrition by Petra in Oklahoma City. Today, Petra hones in on the most important nutrients needed by trimester. Take a look and consider revising your grocery list! Also, be sure to join us... Read More
March 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Continuing our month-long spotlight on nutrition to celebrate National Nutrition Month, today we share some of the best online resources for nutrition during pregnancy.


Pregnancy Nutrition - American Pregnancy Association
Simple overview on nutrition during pregnancy, including key nutrients to in... Read More
March 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Adding a baby to the family can sometimes come with mixed emotions from parents, but more likely from siblings. Even siblings who express excitement at the announcement of pregnancy and enjoy touching mom's belly and talking to the baby can later act out and experience difficult emotions over the ne... Read More
March 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For even the most health-conscious of people, pregnancy can bring out the best (er, worst?) in us when it comes to cravings and snacking. Pregnancy hormones are responsible for lots of things, including causing the irresistable urge to down a bag of Cheetos and sauerkraut (for example -- not that I... Read More
March 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you have been following along with my journey on the blog, you know that I have a lot of expectations for my life and myself. Those expectations have had to be readjusted over the course of this pregnancy. I was going to say that some important things have been let go of gracefully and others hav... Read More
March 4, 2016 by Lamaze International
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In January, we released a most-important-facts sheet about Zika and the current status based on reports and information from the CDC and World Health Organization. Today we give you an in-depth discussion on the current status of the Zika outbreak, its presence in the United States, and how to gauge... Read More
March 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March is National Nutrition Month, and throughout the month on the blog, we will be sharing tips, ideas, and resources for making nutrition during pregnancy a priority. Many who are pregnant focus extra energy on what they eat during pregnancy for two reasons -- appetite often grows in pregnancy, an... Read More
February 26, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, I had my first appointment with the midwives. My intent has always been to have a midwife birth. When I was in college, a very long time ago, I read a paper on the medicalization of birth and ever since that reading, had planned to not give birth on my back, with an epidural. Of course, I... Read More
February 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Rounding out our month-long theme on love, relationships, intimacy, and sex during pregnancy and beyond, let's talk about specific ways to keep your relationship strong and connected during pregnancy. As we discussed earlier this month, pregnancy is often like the "calm before the storm" of caring f... Read More
February 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In today's times, we are (generally) a culture that spends a lot of time doing activities that don't do many favors for the health and well being of our bodies. What am I talking about, specifically? Sitting. We sit to drive, we sit to work, we sit to rest. And for many of us (raises hand over here)... Read More
February 19, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're in the midst of planning your own or a friend or family member's baby shower, you might be interested in arranging some meaningful activities or gifts to bestow upon parents and baby. Not that there's anything wrong with playing the diaper pin game or guessing which candy bar is melted in... Read More
February 17, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are common myths that continue to circulate when it comes to sex during pregnancy. It's always in your best inerest for health to consider your relationship (Is it healthy? Am I doing this for me?) and to protect against STIs (sexual transmitted infections) before considering sexual contact. P... Read More
February 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We are back from Aruba. Baby girl has neared viability at 23 weeks. She is kicking like crazy, which I am enjoying a lot. Nothing like unexpected reassurance throughout the day (and night)! My uterus is just about up to my belly button and depending on which way I move and lay down, it forms a giant... Read More
February 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released a new public information campaign aimed to inform women about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy. While none of the information presented was new or based on new research, the CDC reiterated it's no-tolerance for alcohol use during pregnancy... Read More
February 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As promised in Monday's post, today I am reviewing the new online class from Lamaze: Sex During Pregnancy and Beyond. I'll review the objectives for the course as well as specific feedback on what I liked and found particularly useful. 

So let's dive right into this juicy, hot-button topic (I promi... Read More
February 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Being in a relationship can be wonderful! beautiful! amazing! fulfilling! And of course, complicated, confusing, and frustrating. And this is all before starting a family! Add pregnancy, trying to conceive, and parenting to the mix and WHOA! It's a whole 'nother ball of wax, as they say. As with any... Read More
February 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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(The first part of this title is in reference to this song. I fear I may be dating myself...) 

February is here! The month of love! Of course, there should be a celebration of love every month, but with Valentine's Day soon approaching, Giving Birth with Confidence is hopping on the love fest bandw... Read More
January 29, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I am now 21 weeks pregnant with my little girl. We had her 20 week anatomy scan last week and she’s doing great. She weighed 11 oz. and is in the 40th percentile. We got 20-25 minutes of staring up at her on the screen, endlessly moving as the tech went over each part of her body: her brain, palate,... Read More
January 27, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With news of the Zika virus spreading faster than the virus itself, there is a great deal of concern -- and even panic -- about what to do, especially as it pertains to pregnant families.... Read More
January 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and as one of the leading resources for healthy pregnancy and birth, we want to share with you important resources for cervical health. That National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), a division of the American Sexual Health Association, seeks to highlight... Read More
January 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Expectations…I have had a lot of them over the course of my life and how pregnancy was going to be for me has been no different. I started running about six years ago and kept up with it throughout my first three pregnancies (that ended sadly). I lost forty pounds and kept it off through exercise, e... Read More
January 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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First trimester symptoms often come as a surprise to people, as it just doesn't seem possible that the body can experience so many changes before the belly even begins to show! But for most people, long before anyone notices your pregnancy from the outside, you feel pregnancy from the inside out. Fi... Read More
January 15, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hello! As you can see, this is my first blog post about my pregnancy. I am 19 weeks pregnant with my first child and we are expecting a little girl in early June. We could not be more thrilled about this baby, particularly as our fertility journey has been a long and arduous one.

 

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January 13, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, organized by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN). A birth defect is something no parent wants to think about, but it's important to talk about! Birth defects are common, and cause additional emotional, financial, and health issues... Read More
January 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester of pregnancy is the perfect time to be selective when choosing who will provide your prenatal care and attend your birth. Once you have decided on either a hospital, home, or birth center birth, you then must choose a care provider. It's not always the case that your existing obs... Read More
December 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If ever there's a time in life to start eating a more nutritious, balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables, it's during pregnancy. Nutritious foods will not only help your growing baby, but will also boost your well being and immunity, and reinforce good habits that will stick with you and yo... Read More
December 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You peed on a stick and it was positive! Congratulations, you're pregnant! Now what? Of course, there are the typical things many people do after finding out they're pregnant, like telling close family and friends (or waiting until after the first trimester), scheduling a first appointment with thei... Read More
December 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you early on or in the middle of your pregnancy and wishing you had a way to record your experience, or perhaps, share it with others? Well then, we need to talk. In the past, Giving Birth with Confidence has followed along with women throughout pregnancy (every other week) through birth and ear... Read More
December 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a revised "Committee Opinion" paper on "Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period." The paper reflects the latest scientific research on the safety of, recommendations for, and reasons... Read More
December 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We are in the throes of the holiday season, and along with the joy and merriment often comes stress and exhaustion. This is especially true if you are pregnant this holiday season. Our friends over at MotherToBaby, the experts in teratology (the study of how medicinal and environmental exposures can... Read More
December 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This holiday season, Lamaze is joining in the gift-giving fun. Now and throughout the early part of the new year, the Lamaze online class, Prepared for Pregnancy: Start Off Right, is FREE! This go-at-your-own pace class, normally offered at $29.95, is the perfect primer to get your pregnancy on the... Read More
December 7, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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'Tis the season! If you're pregnant, this year's holiday gift wish list may look a little different than in years past. There are special items for baby, of course, but what about you? There are a whole host of items that can help make your pregnancy more comfortable and fun! When making your wish l... Read More
November 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If I had a dollar for every pregnant person who has said, "You know, I have this feeling I'm going to go into labor before my due date" and then went on to have a baby after the due date, I would be rich! Or at least I'd have a nice little rainy day fund. As a doula, I encourage clients to listen to... Read More
November 23, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you type "Thanksgiving and pregnancy" into Google, you'll find scores of articles about food, drinks, and activities to avoid this Thanksgiving. While some of that information is helpful for your health and safety, it can feel deflating. It's no fun to hear (time and again) all the things you can... Read More
November 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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November is Prematurity Awareness Month, as designated by the March of Dimes, and November 17 was World Prematurity Day. Families and organizations around the world are celebrating life and life saving measures for babies born too early. More than 15 million babies around the world are born prematur... Read More
November 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Exercise during pregnancy isn't about losing weight or prepping for pool season -- exercising while you're pregnant can improve your overall state of well being, help relieve common pregnancy discomforts, physically prepare your body for the hard work of labor and birth, help your body recover faste... Read More
November 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're pregnant and haven't been on Pinterest lately, it's time to take a second look. Pinterest is a picture perfect curated collection to assist you in your pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. Just take a look:



Search "document pregnancy" for creative ways to memorialize your pregna... Read More
October 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze has released another great infographic! This time, the topic is "Who Should Be My Pregnancy Care Provider?" also known as "The first and most important decision in pregnancy." This couldn't be more true! Who you choose to care for you in pregnancy and birth will dictate how you and your baby... Read More
October 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last Week, October 4-10, the world celebrated National Midwifery Week with a formal recognition and awareness campaign to share information about the difference of midwife-led care. Hiring a midwife to care for you during pregnancy and birth can be an exellent choice for safe and healthy birth. Midw... Read More
October 7, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, along with SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) awareness, and Pregnancy After a Loss Awareness. Losing a child -- no matter what the cause -- is devastating. Families whose babies are stillborn, who miscarry, or who lose an infant face unique cha... Read More
October 5, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The short answer is, it depends. In general, women report needing to buy maternity clothes between four months and 6 months. While you might be tempted to give in to your excitement and run out to buy cute new maternity outfits after your positive pregnancy test, you might do better waiting until yo... Read More
September 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy is a time of joy! And wonder! And beauty! But not every pregnant woman feels joyful, wonderful, or beautiful during their pregnancy --or certainly not all throughout pregnancy. In fact, for some women, pregnancy is downright difficult. For others, pregnancy, like many things in life, has i... Read More
September 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many women, pregnancy seems to last a lifetime. It's not until they have their baby in arms that they say things like, "I can't believe he's here already!" or, "My pregnancy flew by!" It doesn't take long to forget the many moments during pregnancy that seemed to drag on and on.... Read More
September 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Everyone loves something for free, right? How about something incredibly useful and high quality for free? Lamaze International offers a large variety of helpful, evidence-based materials and resources for families during pregnancy and in preparation for labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and... Read More
August 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Unless you've done extensive reading and research (not counting 8th grade sex-ed class), conception can be a confusing an somewhat mysterious topic. But when you're TTC (trying to conceive), it becomes an all-consuming topic! OvulationCalendar.com together with Professor Allan Pacey, BSc, PhD, FRCOG... Read More
August 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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So much of what you learn about breastfeeding will be "on the job" training -- that is, you'll learn and grow as you go along. However, there are key steps you can take to better prepare and inform yourself before baby even arrives -- and doing so will help you tremendously in the long run! Below ar... Read More
August 10, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week was World Breastfeeding Week, and the entire month of August is National Breastfeeding Month, as declared in 2011 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee. As an expectant or new parent, you will find that the web is chock full of several, awesome breastfeeding resources. We'll share s... Read More
August 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week, a week of awareness hosted by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Alliance. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make it Work!" The goal behind the theme is to not only raise awareness about breastfeeding, but more specifically, br... Read More
July 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
July 27, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're new to this blog or to Lamaze and if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant soon, listen up. I'm going to share with you vital -- and SIMPLE -- information on how to have are more satisfying, safe and healthy birth. This information not only helps you achieve a healthy mom and baby, b... Read More
July 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I'm so excited to share with you the news that not only does Lamaze have a new online class called Prepared for Pregnancy: Start Off Right, but right now through Labor Day, it is FREE! This go-at-your-own pace online class, which is normally offered at $29.95, is the perfect primer to help you get y... Read More
July 22, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze has designed and released a new mobile app just for expecting and new parents! The "Pregnancy to Parenting" free mobile app from Lamaze brings you the same quality of evidence-based information you can always expect from us, now available as an app you can access any time and customize to you... Read More
July 20, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Current medical guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) state that low-risk pregnant women may receive one to two ultrasounds during their pregnancy (generally one before 13 weeks to date the pregnancy and one between 16-20 weeks). There is growing inconsisten... Read More
July 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Wondering what's happening during this week of your pregnancy? Lamaze offers a free weekly email called "Lamaze Pregnancy Week by Week," and we've also published this helpful information on our blog! Browse below to find your week and click through to learn more. Be sure to also sign up for our free... Read More
July 13, 2015 by Lamaze International
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The following information -- and much more -- can also be found in the free weekly email "Lamaze Pregnancy Week by Week." Sign up now to receive helpful information for your stage of pregnancy. Subscribers will be given the opportunity to complete a Lamaze Parent Satisfaction Survey and receive a La... Read More
July 6, 2015 by Lamaze International
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The thought of caring for your newborn may intimidate you. Perhaps you wonder if you’ll know how to nurture such a little child. Be assured, you already know.... Read More
July 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Depending on where you live, summer can bring on some extremely hot and humid temperatures that will test even the most seasoned outdoorsy people. Being pregnant during the summer heat, especially for those in the third trimester, can be especially challenging. We have some simple tips to help you g... Read More
July 1, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Nothing can describe the moments when you first gaze at your newborn’s face and the following hours when you marvel at everything your baby is and does. This time is more than a sequel to birth—it’s another part of the beautiful, unique dance between mother and child.... Read More
June 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Most first-time moms I encounter have one thing in common: they have fears about childbirth. Of course, it's normal to fear the unknown. You may have experienced the same kinds of feelings the first time you rode a bike, drove a car, went off to college, tried sushi, started a new job, or swam in th... Read More
June 26, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy the second time around looks a little different than the first time. You are more aware of what to expect (although every pregnancy can vary in its symptoms), you aren't as likely to know the exact week and day of your pregnancy, and -- this is a big one -- you already have a child to care... Read More
June 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
June 10, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Have you ever heard an old-forgotten song or smelled a familiar smell and found yourself thinking of a particular place or time? Stimulating your senses of touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell can be a powerful way to focus or distract your mind.... Read More
June 1, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Do not force nature, do not insult it, for it is as if you were to open the ears of corn to make the stalks grow.”
– Chinese Medical Review (1852)... Read More
May 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The modern day celebration of the anticipated birth of a new baby -- otherwise known as a baby shower -- is often filled with friends, family, games, gifts, and refreshments. Much of the focus during a baby shower is on, well, the baby. Mom typicall receives an abundance of baby gifts while attendee... Read More
May 27, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Can you see a little arm or leg moving about when baby stretches?... Read More
May 22, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When it comes to changes in mood and behavior during or after pregnancy, one of the most common questions I come across as an educator, doula, and friend to other moms is, "How would I know if I need professional help, or if this is 'just hormonal' and something that I can manage on my own?" With re... Read More
May 20, 2015 by Lamaze International
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In the moments right after birth, babies go through an amazing and challenging transition. Inside the womb, they are kept at the perfect temperature and get everything they need through their umbilical cords.... Read More
May 15, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and like this year's theme and the title above, we want to help make sure women everywhere know the symptoms and spread the word. Even if you aren't pregnant, helping another woman spot a potential symptom could save her and her baby's life. In fact, new research... Read More
May 5, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Tuesday, May 5 marks International Day of the Midwife. This day, which was officially designated in 1992 by the International Confederation of Midwives, recognizes the invaluable work of midwives around the world. This year, the theme is "The World Needs Midwives Today More than Ever," which highlig... Read More
May 4, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Although the big day is still several weeks away, your baby is preparing for her grand entrance into the world.... Read More
April 28, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.”
– Ani DiFranco... Read More
April 22, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In an amazing new research compilation and review, Evidence Based Birth has done it again. Author and site owner Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, has combed through existing research and studies and gives us an in-depth look at what it all says -- and what it means -- regarding due dates. She answers... Read More
April 20, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Ask women who have given birth naturally what helped them ease the pain of labor, and many will say it was the ability to move around and change positions.... Read More
April 15, 2015 by Lamaze International
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You want your birth to be as safe and healthy as possible for you and your baby. The Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices outline ways to increase your chances of a safe and healthy birth.... Read More
April 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Yesterday, the world lost a beautiful, bold, and trailblazing expert in and champion for women's choices and freedom in childbirth. Renowned author and women's rights advocate, Sheila Kitzinger, died in her home in England yesterday after a short illness. She was attended by her husband of 63 years,... Read More
April 6, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson... Read More
April 1, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Due dates are double edged swords. Many women calculate or are given a due date early in pregnancy, which on one hand, is so exciting! It's like being invited to a party where you are the star! Except, this party could happen at any time, with very little notice. In fact, only about 5% of babies arr... Read More
March 30, 2015 by Lamaze International
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With pregnancy comes an avalanche of change for your body. By now, you’ve adjusted to many changes, both emotionally and physically. You and your baby have set up a nice, calm rhythm, as you grow together and get ready for labor and birth.... Read More
March 27, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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"You're pregnant! Yay!" Or, maybe, "You're pregnant?! Whoa." Whether your pregnancy was intentional or not, if you become pregnant and are the only or few among your social circle to be pregnant, the transition can be difficult. The value and support from friendships is often a huge component of our... Read More
March 23, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Having a child, I discovered, makes you dream again and, at the same time, makes the dreams utterly real.”
– Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post... Read More
March 16, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Breastfeeding is nature’s most powerful way of helping mothers recover from birth, learn mothering skills and fall in love with their babies.... Read More
March 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, an event that is recognized worldwide. Since endometriosis affects around 176 million women around the world, it's likely you know someone who is dealing with the disease. Endometriosis is a disease that causes tissue similar to that which is found in the lini... Read More
March 9, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain... Read More
March 2, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Empower yourself with knowledge. You can’t possibly make the best decisions for yourself if you don’t have every scrap of information available.”
– Listening to Mothers Survey I Report... Read More
February 23, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Love makes a family.”
-Gigi Kaeser... Read More
February 16, 2015 by Lamaze International
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What is it about birth shows that make pregnant women love to watch them? Like other reality shows, they depict only part of the reality. These glimpses of actual births are carefully edited to create exciting scenes that draw in viewers. Pregnant women, beware!... Read More
February 9, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“The knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on the acceptance of the process.”
– Suzanne Arms... Read More
February 6, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Cara Joyner
 
We really are in the final stretch! If one of my doula clients had reached 37 weeks, I’d be keeping my phone close by just in case the baby decided to make an early entrance in about a week. However, given my first two boys – who came along 12 and 10 days past 40 weeks – I’m not e... Read More
February 2, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Healthy Tip: Tension Release
Spend some time each day practicing a relaxation technique that will help you naturally handle tension.... Read More
January 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As a childbirth educator, I often hear, "When's the best time to take a childbirth class?" And it's a great question! For a general "childbirth 101" class, it's important to take it close enough to your due (guess) date so that the information will still be fresh, but not too close in case your baby... Read More
January 26, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Focusing on your thoughts and daydreaming about motherhood can be a great way to slow down and relax. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer, journaling can help make your feelings, thoughts and concerns clearer to you... Read More
January 23, 2015 by Lamaze International
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By Cara Joyner

When I was pregnant with my oldest, I noticed everything. Each ache, twinge, kick – all of them crossed my radar at full volume. To say that I was hypersensitive would be a kind way of describing my general neuroticism during those 41.5 weeks. But now, everything about our life is so... Read More
January 12, 2015 by Lamaze International
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For some women, weight gain during the second trimester is not so fun. The second trimester can be seen as an awkward ‘in between’ stage, when you have noticeably gained weight but may not look obviously pregnant just yet.... Read More
January 9, 2015 by Lamaze International
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By Cara Joyner

You may remember, from the last update, that we moved. One week before Christmas Eve, we bought our first house – and not just a house, but an old house needing work in every corner.

Even as I sit here, trying to find words to describe these days and this growing baby, my mind is... Read More
January 7, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Lynn Martinez and Julia Robertson, CPM, MotherToBaby Utah

During the more than 30 years MotherToBaby affiliates have been serving the public with education regarding exposures during pregnancy, many women have called who are very distressed, sometimes in tears, about finding out they were pre... Read More
January 5, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Folic acid is more than just a pregnancy buzz word -- it's a critical vitamin required to help build DNA and grow and reproduce cells. The B vitamin is essential for everyday health, and for a woman trying to conceive or who is pregnant, it has been shown to reduce neural tube defects ("NTDs," a for... Read More
December 30, 2014 by Lamaze International
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Not every woman feels the baby’s first movements at the exact same point in pregnancy. Women whose placentas are positioned in front of the baby feel their babies move on average one week later than women whose placentas are positioned behind the baby... Read More
December 29, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As the year winds down this week, many will take stock of the best and worst of happenings throughout the year. In the world of maternity care, there are several notable and promising advances, discoveries, and recommendations in care practices. ICYMI (in case you missed it), we'd like to share the ... Read More
December 26, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Elizabeth Salas, MPH, Teratology Information Specialist, MotherToBaby California
 
If you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy,where do you go when you have questions about MS or MS treatments? In this day and age, the first place you m... Read More
December 24, 2014 by Lamaze International
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We’ve all heard about the importance of eating well in pregnancy. Women need more protein, more iron, more calcium, more calories, more, more, more…it’s easy to feel overwhelmed!... Read More
December 17, 2014 by Lamaze International
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We all need and value our friends. They share our thoughts, our concerns and our challenges. They provide support in times of need. And, they can be just plain fun to be around.... Read More
December 15, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy can be a wonderful, exciting, and amazing time. But with pregnancy, comes many changes, which also have the potential to bring added stress. With or without pregnancy, undue stress can negatively affect your body, causing headaches, stomach aches, high blood pressure, chest pain, sleeping ... Read More
December 10, 2014 by Lamaze International
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Friends, family, or even complete strangers may tell you not to exercise while you’re pregnant for fear that you will harm the baby or go into labor too soon. However, years of research show that exercise is safe and beneficial for most pregnant women.... Read More
December 5, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Cara Joyner
 

“I was sure you were having a girl this time because you’re WIDER with this one.”
 
“It’s another boy? Oh. Cara. I was really hoping it was a girl.”

“A big family? But [Cara's husband] works for a church. They don’t make a lot of money.”

“I heard it’s another boy. Were y... Read More
December 3, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many, the holidays (no matter which ones you celebrate) evoke warm feelings about family togetherness and traditions. As you begin a family of your own, it will be your turn to carry on time-honored traditions or create new ones. Even if your baby is not yet earth-side, you can start fun family ... Read More
December 2, 2014 by Lamaze International
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As you begin to share the news of your pregnancy, and later as your belly grows, you may notice that people—even perfect strangers—want to share their “words of wisdom” with you.... Read More
November 28, 2014 by Lamaze International
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In Western culture, moms receive most of the attention during pregnancy. It’s easy for partners to feel left out and insignificant. Yet both parents emotional needs can be involved in parenting right from the start.... Read More
November 19, 2014 by Lamaze International
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You have a choice before you. You can participate in the awesome responsibility of decision making for you and your baby’s care during pregnancy, labor and birth, or allow routines and standards to determine your care.... Read More
November 17, 2014 by Lamaze International
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My son was born early, at just 33 weeks and 6 days in my womb, a whopping five pounds, thirteen ounces. Most first time mothers carry their babies past 40 weeks; I was expecting to give birth in the already-high temperatures that creep into Georgia in late Ap... Read More
November 14, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Cara Joyner

I’m sorry for the radio silence friends! We decided to buy a house – our first house – before the baby gets here and we are closing the week of Christmas. Life has certainly upped the normal level of crazy in this month!

Since we last spoke, I’ve attended my last two births as a ... Read More
November 10, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Sonia Alvarado, Senior Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby CA

The kinds of questions that counselors receive at MotherToBaby over the phone or through live online chat are heavily affected by the season; sunless tanner, sunscreen, allergy medications, and air travel questions in the s... Read More
November 7, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Katie Wise, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Prenatal Yoga Instructor at Yo Mama Yoga Studio in Boulder, CO

Picture this: Your milk came in two days ago, but it came in with a gusto that could likely feed two sets of twins. The milk is so abundant that it’s leaking all over your belly and sometim... Read More
November 5, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Mindy Cockeram, LCCE

 

In the ten years I’ve been teaching childbirth classes, couples have asked me all sorts of questions. In fact we do an activity where I read out a statement and the class decides whether the statement is "evidence based" or an "old wives tale." Here are some of the classi... Read More
November 3, 2014 by Lamaze International
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Choosing a care provider and choosing a birth setting (the two usually go hand in hand) are two of the most important decisions you’ll make while you’re pregnant.... Read More
October 31, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know? Lamaze now offers online classes for parents! Earlier this year, we launched "Safe and Healthy Birth: Six Simple Steps," a class designed to help you prepare for birth by presenting six simple practices shown to greatly improve birth outcomes for both mothers and babies. Now, we have t... Read More
October 22, 2014 by Lamaze International
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Are you worrying about something that you put in your body before you knew you were pregnant? The long list of “pregnancy don’ts” isn’t meant to scare expectant mothers.... Read More
October 17, 2014 by Lamaze International
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Trigger Warning: The following post describes infant loss, which may be triggering for some parents and families.

By Heather Moore

Pregnancy loss is real and it happens more often than people realize or talk about. This is something I’ve had to learn the hard way. You see, I lost a baby. Not just ... Read More
October 15, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Cara Joyner

 

Well, it may be time to start a savings account for the specific purpose of groceries in 15 years, when we are living in a house with three teenage BOYS! Let’s just say the sonogram picture was more than clear and his brothers are ready to pull him into their wild world of tough l... Read More
October 14, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you haven't yet seen the video "Birth by the Numbers" by Gene Declercq, Ph.D, LCCE, and the Boston University School of Public Health, I encourage you to take 20 minutes and watch it now. Whether you have been pregnant, are pregnant, trying to conceive, or will be pregnant some day in the future,... Read More
October 10, 2014 by Lamaze International
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The following information -- and much more -- can also be found in the free weekly email Lamaze Pregnancy Week by Week. Sign up now to receive helpful information for your stage of pregnancy. Subsribers will be given the opportunity to complete a Lamaze Parent Satisfaction Survey after their and rec... Read More
October 8, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You're newly pregnant? Congratulations! Now, time to choose your care provider. You're going to see the ob/gyn you've been going to for years? That's great that you have already found someone you know! But let me ask you this: have you considered a midwife for your prenatal care and birth? I know wh... Read More
October 6, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's estimated that 1 in 3 women have experienced some form of physical abuse from an intimate partner in their lifetime (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence), and each year more than 320,000 women experience violence during pregnancy (... Read More
October 3, 2014 by Lamaze International
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The following information -- and much more -- can also be found in the free weekly email Lamaze Pregnancy Week by Week.... Read More
September 29, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I don’t think the second trimester has ever moved this quickly for me. Birth work is busy, but beyond that, there are two rowdy boys managing to take up every inch of free space in my brain. Between pulling the oldest off of his brother and pulling the youngest out of the toilet (or as he sees it, t... Read More
September 22, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In addition to this blog, Lamaze offers several helpful -- and FREE -- resources for expecting and new parents. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23 at 9pm EST, we will host a Twitter chat on due dates and induction. Join in to learn more about what your due date means -- and what it doesn't. And learn w... Read More
September 12, 2014 by Lamaze International
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I’m a little behind this week. Today (Friday) actually marks 16 weeks. How is this suddenly going so fast? The first trimester seemed endless, but now the days just won’t slow down.

The boys and I headed out to the midwife on Tuesday to check on this quickly growing baby. I can’t really remember wh... Read More
September 10, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Beth Kiernan, MPH, Interviewer & Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby

“I just found out I’m pregnant, and while I am glad, I’m also pretty overwhelmed,” lamented Marian, a never-pregnant, newly-married woman who had struggled with Crohn’s disease since her teenage years but was finally... Read More
September 3, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Kelsey Irvin, MsC, CBD

"High risk" are two words no one wants to hear from their healthcare provider when pregnant. A diagnosis of high risk can change everything, sometimes very rapidly, requiring a considerable amount of bravery and focus to weather through. Three years into my doula practice ... Read More
August 27, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We'd like to introduce and send a big welcome to Cara Joyner, our new Great Expectations blogger. Cara is a mother of two who writes regularly at carajoyner.com and in various publications. She is also a professional birth doula and childbirth educator (trained by Lamaze International). Welcome, Car... Read More
August 20, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you have or are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you aren’t alone. Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended (source: CDC). For parents who are actively trying to get pregnant, the news of pregnancy is exciting and joyful, but on the flip side of that coin, for those ... Read More
August 14, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Staying fit during pregnancy is a topic with many angles, and lots of questions. For women who were very active pre-pregnancy, the questions look like, "Can I still exercise? How much?" For women who were moderately or not very active before becoming pregnant, the concerns look more like, "I want to... Read More
August 12, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester is an odd, sometimes tumultuous time during pregnancy. You've tested positive, you may have already had your first appointment to confirm your pregnancy, and often, you're experiencing lots of out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. Yet, you don't look pregnant, you can't yet feel baby kic... Read More
August 1, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The following post is from Frances Verter, Ph.D., founder and director of Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, an informational resource site for parents seeking to learn more about cord blood banking. Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation prides itself on providing accurate and balanced infor... Read More
July 21, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester of pregnancy can be rough. From the moment you find out you're pregnant (whether it's at 4 weeks or 10 weeks), you'll likely run through a rollercoaster of emotions and thoughts. Even a pregnancy that is planned and anticipated has a way of rocking your world! So for all you mama... Read More
July 9, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today's article is a reblogged with permission from the incredible resource that is Plus Size Birth, created by Jen McLellan, mother, childbirth educator, and passionate advocate for women of size during pregnancy and beyond. Whether you are just starting your journey and trying to conceive or if yo... Read More
June 11, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My friend Jackie, newly (and unexpectedly!) pregnant called in a bit of a panic. Her cardiologist was switching her high blood pressure medicine because often, the first choice medications used to treat adults with high blood pressure are not the safest ones to use during pregnancy.... Read More
May 9, 2014 by Lynn Martinez
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By Lynn Martinez, Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby Utah

“O.K., so I can’t look at pizza the same way. Saltine crackers seem to be my go-to snack for sustenance and don’t even SAY the word ‘curry!’ Oh no, I said it… Please excuse me while I hurl,”... Read More
May 5, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is International Day of the Midwife, a day that helps bring recognition to the invaluable care that midwives provide for women, babies and families. This year's theme is "Midwives changing the world one family at a time,"... Read More
April 21, 2014 by Debby Amis
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By Debby Amis, RN, BSN, CD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE


Learn as much as possible about the wonderful ways that your body is changing and about how your baby is growing. Talk to your mother, your friends, and other women about pregnancy, labor, and birth.... Read More
April 16, 2014 by Sonia Alvarado
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By Sonia Alvarado, Senior Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby CA

Spring break 2014, which, for some, actually fell at the end of winter this year, is in full swing. Many students are back to school working diligently toward their degree.... Read More
April 14, 2014 by Jacqueline Levine
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By Jacqueline Levine

The cesarean rate in the United States has leveled off, as reported last year by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The information came from the National Center for Health Statistics... Read More
April 8, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With the onset of spring -- and summer just around the corner -- many of us will spend time traveling on vacation, likely to warmer climates. When you travel during pregnancy, you'll want to add a few additional items to your packing list for optimal comfort and health.... Read More
April 2, 2014 by Admin User
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By Sonia Alvarado, Senior Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby CA Marijuana has been in the news a lot lately and for marijuana users who have had to smoke in illegally, it appears societal attitudes about pot smoking may be changing.... Read More
March 28, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this month, perinatal mental health researcher, advocate and writer Walker Karraa, PhD, created a White House petition entitled "Every Mother, Every Time: Universal Mental Health Screening for Every Pregnancy and Postpartum Woman."... Read More
March 19, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The flood of emotions that comes with a positive pregnancy test is quickly followed by pressing questions.  How do I manage the symptoms I'm feeling?  Should I change my diet and exercise, or the medications I take?  When should I tell my family, friends and co-workers?... Read More
March 17, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you getting the best prenatal care from your provider (midwife, OB, or family doctor)? Take this "red light, green light" quiz to find out. Red light indicates care that is not evidence based or respectful of your choices.... Read More
March 12, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Neda Ebrahimi , Teratogen Information Specialist, Motherisk As a counselor with Motherisk, the Canadian partner of MotherToBaby and a service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), I hear many stories from women about pregnancy.... Read More
March 5, 2014 by Admin User
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There are many times during the year that many of us think about losing weight or getting in shape: New Year's, before summer beach season, or when a big social event is coming up. But what if you're pregnant? Pregnancy is different.... Read More
March 3, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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How can you "push" for the best care during your pregnancy and birth? For starters, know what current evidence and care guidelines have to say about the best care during birth. Once you have that information, find out whether your care provider -- OB or midwife -- follows these best practices.... Read More
February 14, 2014 by Valerie Rohde
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By Valerie Rohde Have you ever flipped through the pages of a book to dig in more deeply and as you're reading you felt it was written specifically for you?... Read More
January 31, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As you probably already know, the internet is littered with information about pregnancy, birth, and parenting. But do you know how to evaluate the source of the information you're reading?... Read More
January 17, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As a follow-up to last week's post about the most common early pregnancy signs, this week we hear from real moms who share their early pregnancy signs and how they just knew they were pregnant. It was most evident with my third, and I don't remember it being so pleasant.... Read More
January 10, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Many women report knowing they were pregnant before they tested positive on a pregnancy test, and some recall early pregnancy symptoms only in hindsight after getting their long-awaited "BFP" (big fat positive).... Read More
January 8, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. As a woman who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or will one day get pregnant, it's important to know what current research says about ... Read More
January 8, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. As a woman who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or will one day get pregnant, it's important to know what current research says about preventing birth defects.... Read More
January 6, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this six-part series, we will share 10 tips for each of the Lamaze six Healthy Birth Practices that help guide women toward a safe and healthy birth. The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices are supported by research studies that examine the benefits and risks of maternity care practices.... Read More
December 30, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Liz Abbene, one of our contributors, waiting for her belly cast to dry during her 4th pregnancy.... Read More
December 24, 2013 by Admin User
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By Dr. Kecia Gaither Deck the halls and hark the herald! Well ladies, the holiday season is upon us again.  Time for family and friends, shopping and travel, New Year's resolutions and my personal favoritecooking and eating.... Read More
December 11, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you're on the hunt for the best midwife or OB and hospital or birth center to have your baby, it can be hard to narrow down the field. Yes, you can schedule interviews.... Read More
December 9, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We have been given the opportunity to interview Amy Kuebelbeck, journalist, author, and founder of PerinatalHospice.org, a resource website for parents who make the decision to continue their pregnancy after receiving a diagnosis that their child will die shortly after birth.... Read More