Blog from the Belly

Preeclampsia seems to be one of those medical terms that is casually thrown around during pregnancy. As in, “Oh, that’s Jenny and she had preeclampsia.” Or, “Oh, yeah, Sarah needed a c-section right away because she was developing preeclampsia.” It’s slightly commonplace in the world of pregnancy, but the truth is, preeclampsia is ...

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It seems that during pregnancy, if you’re not plagued with nausea and vomiting, you’re hit with unrelenting heartburn that keeps you up all hours. If you’re one of the lucky few, like me, who have the pleasure (catch the sarcasm?) of experiencing both nausea and vomiting and heartburn during pregnancy you know it can be a real ...

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I have a confession to make. I love seeing first-time moms and how adorable they are with their first pregnancies. There's something so cute about a family just starting out. It reminds me of how much fun it was to be a young mom for the first time. ...

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At six months pregnant with my first baby, I had it all. His room was decorated to a T. His clothes were purchased, washed, and lovingly folded. His car seat was installed and toys and books took a prominent place on his shelf. We had a wipe warmer, several toys that were WAY beyond newborn age, swings, bouncers, and carriers. I could have ...

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Most women don’t expect for pregnancy to be a walk in the park—we’ve all heard the horror stories of the morning sickness that wouldn’t end, and the exhaustion that comes from growing another human being. But, in the end, those are all badges of honor we wear once we are at the end of the journey, and are holding our sweet babe. Yet, ...

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You're still nursing, and you've just found out you're pregnant again. Congratulations! However, if you weren't planning on weaning anytime soon, you may have some breastfeeding concerns. You may be just as worried about what this means for your breastfeeding relationship with your older child as you are excited for the arrival of the next. The ...

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Many women suffer from heartburn during their pregnancies. There are even old wives' tales that center around heartburn as a prediction of how hairy your baby's head will be. (The more heartburn a pregnant mother has = the more hair the baby will have.) Now, we know that old wives' tales aren't necessarily true (although some mother might swear ...

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Pregnancy is a time of waiting, wondering, and sometimes what can feel like endless worrying. I know that for myself, especially in the first trimester with this pregnancy, every trip to the bathroom felt like a moment of fear. I worried about seeing any sign of blood. Was something wrong? What would I do if I saw blood? ...

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Even before your little one arrives, one of the things you’re bound to wonder is what color their eyes will be. Because of the intricacies of genetics and the way melanin influences eye color there is a range of colors that are possible. What does this mean? Even dark-eyed parents can have light-eyed babies or vice versa. So no matter what you ...

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If you're preparing to have a baby soon, there's one important thing you need to add to your to-do list: Make sure your doctor or delivery provider will practice delayed cord clamping. ...

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