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A Dad’s Guide to Sharing the Pregnancy Experience

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You’ve just found out your partner is pregnant. Congratulations! Although you can’t fully partake in the pregnancy, most future dads want a front row seat. No, we don’t understand morning sickness or get to feel the first movements, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to experience everything we actually can during the pregnancy. Yes, it is hard for us to totally grasp what our partner is going through, but we’re trying! Here are a few ways dads-to-be can play an integral part of the pregnancy experience. Read More »

Top Pregnancy Myths Debunked

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The minute you announce you’re pregnant, well-meaning friends, family and even strangers feel the urge to share their pregnancy stories and an array of pregnancy myths that you never asked for. You may find some of the stories amusing while others may send you into a state of unnecessary neuroses. While I can’t prevent the pregnancy and birth stories for you, I can debunk many of the popular pregnancy myths (according to pediatricians and pregnancy experts) you’ll be exposed to during your 9 months of pregnancy Read More »

Easy Ways to Find Your Pregnancy Groove

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Pregnancy is an epic time in a woman’s life—especially with a first pregnancy. With all the advice and recommendations from well-meaning friends and family, remember this is your pregnancy and it will be unique to who you are. Don’t get caught up in comparing your experience to those of your friends. Though pregnancy can be difficult at times and you may not always be feeling your best, find ways to enjoy this special time and prepare for your sweet baby. Here are a few tips to help you find your groove and enjoy your pregnancy. Read More »

Postpartum Taboo Topics 101: NICU

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Giving birth to a child goes hand in hand with a plethora of expectations. New parents anticipate being able to immediately hold this new life that has been growing for a solid nine months. They look forward to that first cry, that terribly sticky meconium diaper and the constant rousing of a wiggly newborn. Unfortunately for some, these scenes are experienced only in their imagination. Often for reasons unknown, mothers all over the world have these precious moments stripped from them following a premature labor or sick baby requiring a stay in the often unmentioned NICU. Read More »

How Dads Can Support Moms In the Delivery Room

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By Jennifer Chung, Kinsights.com Expectant moms are filled with excitement throughout their pregnancy. Most first time moms don’t quite know what to ask during labor and delivery. They rely heavily on their birth coach or the new dad to be to get them through the experience. Here are a few ways that dads can support mom in the delivery room. Provide ... Read More »

Just Breath and Curse: A Survivor’s Recount of Natural Childbirth

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Giving birth is terrifying. It’s messy, uncomfortable and any shred of dignity you had left when you waddled into labor and delivery is gone as more strangers have seen your vagina and poked at your cervix than you care to divulge. As though any of that weren’t enough, it HURTS. Not like an “ouch I stubbed my toe” kind of hurt. This is an “I am going to have to push a watermelon out of my body” kind of hurt. In the end the pain is worth it of course as without the mess there wouldn’t be a beautiful baby to coo over. Read More »