According to an article on the M2Moms blog, new and expectant mothers are not given much information from their healthcare providers about the possibility of preterm birth and preventative lifestyle measures as well as the risks and options regarding preterm births. You can read more about the survey on the March of Dimes website.
Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting days of your life, but being a pet owner there are often many concerns that come along with that. Whether you've got a dog or a cat there are several important things to know about and prepare yourself for both during pregnancy and after baby comes home. In this article you will find information that should help with the transition.
FOR YOUR DOG:
It is essential during your pregnancy to prepare your dog for the new routine the baby will bring. Sometimes we forget just how many changes there will be from the viewpoint of our pets. Think about it; there are
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Notable Minnesota Moms: Rachel Swardson Wenham, Go Home Gorgeous
by Julie Burton
Think back for a minute...how did you feel when you left the hospital with your newborn baby? Personally, whether it was with my first, second, third, or fourth child, words that come to my mind are exhausted, overwhelmed, slightly terrified, and of course, grateful. How 'bout GORGEOUS??? Uh, NO!!!! Rachel Swardson Wenham, who had three babies in nearly three years, is on a mission to add that word to the list. This past summer, Rachel founded Go Home Gorgeous, a company that offers a chance for new mothers to no longer leave the hospital exhausted and sore, but rather have them Go Home
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Chiropractic Care & Pregnancy: Unexpected Results
by Dr. Jo Becker-Puklich
Often times, people associate chiropractic care with the relief of neck or back pain. However, the benefits I've discovered are equally present in the treatment of pregnant mothers experiencing the all too common, lower back pain, and/or sciatica.
Pregnancy causes a multitude of unique circumstances in the woman's body. For example, people who gain weight typically do so over several years, permitting the body's musculoskeletal structure to adjust and accommodate to the increase in body mass. With pregnancy, however, a woman will gain an average of 20-50 pounds ove
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Basic Instinct: The Sleep-Deprived New Mom
by Rachel Swardson-Wenham
I was so afraid that I would find out, only after my baby was born, that I had no maternal instinct, that I lacked the chromosomal manual that would allow me to coast through motherhood. I quickly learned that I did have some level of maternal instinct. But within a few weeks of motherhood it seemed like my instinct for sleep had been swapped with my instinct to parent. I would awaken at the slightest sound, would opt to clean instead of nap even though I was exhausted. I not only didn't sleep, eventually it was like I physically couldn't sleep. The less sleep I got the more
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Preparing Your Marriage
By Beth Wilson
To have a baby is often a celebratory experience for couples, but it can also be a strenuous time. A new child -- be it the first, second or third -- alters the dynamics of a couple's relationship, which can lead to stress, pressure and negative patterns if not handled properly.
"It's a tremendous change," says Gayle Peterson, family therapist, online family columnist and author of Making Healthy Families (Shadow and Light). Many couples, especially those expecting their first child, are nervous about a baby's impact on their marriage. Surprisingly, though, few partners disc
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By Dana Sullivan
No one knows better than you that pregnancy is an amazing journey. But after you give birth, your body goes through another round of dramatic emotional and physical changes. You probably feel alternately sheer joy and utter exhaustion, and you may be experiencing physical pain that you didn't expect. Here, some of the most common postpartum complaints, and advice from the American College of Gynecologists on the best ways to treat them:
Afterbirth contractions After you give birth, your uterus must continue contracting in order to get back to its original si
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