Blog from the Belly

Although we like to talk about pregnancy and how it can be a wonderful time in a woman's life (and it can be! Really!). But if you have any pregnancy complications, it can also be a time of serious health issues for some women. It's not fair to talk about pregnancy and only mention the stretch marks and the baby registries and the maternity pants. ...

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Who says rock stars can't also rock motherhood? Artist Pink may not have been in the middle the music spotlight in the past few years, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been keeping busy. She's been more than busy rocking motherhood, first with her five-year-old daughter Willow and recently welcoming her first son, Jameson Moon Hart, on the day ...

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You might think giving birth is something that women have been doing since the dawn of time. And you would be right about that, of course. Not much has changed about the fact that a woman gets pregnant and has a baby. But what has changed is the way that women have given birth. ...

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When I was admitted to the hospital, in labor with my first child, I didn't know what to expect. I had been to the childbirth classes, and I had read up on the natural processes of labor, complications that could arise from it, and my pain relief options. I had it set on early on that I would request an epidural to aid with the pain. (I was ...

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It's probably one of every mother's worst nightmares -- that something could happen to her baby while she is in the hospital. While most hospitals have very strict rules about taking newborns from their parents and protocol to follow to always match bands (with numbers or more technical tags that actually scan) and last names that have to be ...

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Although I have to admit I feel a little conflicted about the exes of both Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher (like they were so different -- a much older woman and the guy from Home Alone?! What the what?), I love Kunis and Kutcher together. Hey! I just realized that they have the same initial for last names. It's like they were meant to be. And I ...

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By now, many of us have heard a story or two about women who didn't know they were pregnant. We marvel at the stories, shaking our heads at how it can be even remotely possible for someone not to realize that she was pregnant -- in my case, I even get a little envious, because dang, it would be kind of nice to skip over the whole morning ...

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If you've had a miscarriage, you may wonder when you can try again to conceive or you may wonder what the risks are in getting pregnant right after a miscarriage. Doctors used to tell you to wait three to four cycles after having a miscarriage before trying to conceive again, out of the fear that your hormones may be still unbalanced and that ...

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When you're entering your 8th month of pregnancy, everyone starts asking, "Have you packed your bag yet?" It's not unreasonable to wonder -- you could go into labor and if you're planning on giving birth in the hospital, you don't want to be caught off guard and either have nothing packed or just have all the wrong things.

As I was ...

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When you're pregnant, the symptoms you have to deal with during your first trimester can feel like they're plaguing you. You've got the nausea that just won't quit, a new form of tired that won't go away no matter how long you sleep, and cravings and food aversions complicate every meal. While they don't happen to every expecting mother, most ...

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