3 Approaches to Make Giving Birth Easier

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Perhaps you’ve heard the rumor that giving birth is painful. Well, as a woman who has delivered three babies, let me assure you it’s not a rumor. But birth doesn’t have to be horrible. I’m not suggesting there won’t be pain involved, but you can do things to make the experience go more smoothly. Consider these very different approaches to childbirth that helped three women (spoiler alert: one is me) have easier births.

Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing is known to help counteract anxiety about childbirth. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypnobirthing involves using tools like self-hypnosis and relaxation to prepare for birth...

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How to Choose—and Use—a Lactation Consultant

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How to Choose—and Use—a Lactation Consultant

Certified lactation consultant and mother of three answers common questions she hears from breastfeeding mothers

 If you’re able to weed through all the information and opinions and finally decide whether you’re going to breastfeed your baby, then comes the hard part—learning how to do it. Enter the lactation consultant. Alissa Gomez-Dean, certified lactation consultant with Breastfeeding USA and mother of three, says there are three types of consultants, who range from international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC), who have the most training and are considered experts; to middle range certified lactation consultants; to volunteers/mothers who don’t have accreditation, but who have “been there, done that...
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New Mommy Survival Guide

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No matter how many moms you talk to before you give birth, you won’t truly know what the first few weeks of motherhood really are like until you go through them. Sure, you know you will need standard supplies for Baby, like diapers, burp rags and bodysuits, but what about you? What will you need to survive the 24-hour grind of regular feedings, endless diaper changes and lack of sleep? We have compiled a list of what we think are mommy must-dosand must-haves for the first few weeks of motherhood.

Before Baby Arrives

meal prep

Make meals ahead of time and freeze them, so you can easily pull them out and heat them when you’re hungry. Lasagna, chili or casseroles freeze really well. You don’t have to cook for hours...

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What Contractions Really Feel Like

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My biggest question when I was pregnant for the first time was, “What do contractions feel like?” I asked friends who’d given birth, and mostly the answer I heard was that a contraction feels like a bad period cramp. “Huh, that doesn’t sound so bad,” I thought.

After having three babies, I can tell you that this description of labor pain isn’t exactly accurate. So I’m here to tell you what it really feels like.

For me, early labor did resemble intense menstrual cramps. The sensation is uncomfortable, verging on painful, but manageable. I felt the dull ache at the bottom of my abdomen, just like cramps. Then as my labor progressed, the pain intensified...

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The Two Most Impactful Words I Say to My Kids

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The Two Most Impactful Words I Say to My Kids

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Get Trans Fat-Free!

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 First, the bad news: There’s a new fat in town, and it can be particularly unhealthy for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Now, the good news: Eating a healthy diet will take this threat off the table.

Called trans fat (or trans fatty acids), this substance is formed when liquid oil is “hydrogenated,” or made into a solid (such as margarine or shortening). Although trans fat isn’t nearly as prevalent as saturated fat  — the other “bad” one  — it has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including type II diabetes and breast cancer. Trans fat also raises the risk of heart disease by increasing LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and lowering HDL (“good” cholesterol).

For expectant and nursing moms, however, trans fat brings unique health risks...

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Mila Kunis & Other Stars Choose Natural Birth

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Actress Mila Kunis and fiancé Ashton Kutcher are expecting their first child. On a recent episode of “Ellen,” she told the talk show host that she’s planning on having a natural birth.

“We watched a couple of documentaries, and we looked into the … midwife aspect of it and things and spoke to my OB/GYN and realized that the hospital that I’m going to be laboring in does a midwife, you know, doula type of thing,” Mila says.

She said she didn’t want an epidural and added, “I mean, I did this to myself. I might as well do it right.”

The 30-year-old joins other stars who have planned on giving birth “naturally,” some with success and some without...

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Top 10 Nursery Design Trends of 2015

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  • After picking out a baby’s name, designing your bundle of joy’s room is your next most important decision. But with all the possibilities out there—modern, nautical, unisex, animals—decorating a pint-sized person’s room can feel hugely overwhelming.

    Project Nursery to the rescue! The inspirational baby room decor site has pulled together a list of the top trends for nurseries for 2015 with the help of their readers—real moms like you and me! From metallic hues to Western-inspired accents to modern floral prints, this year’s trends mean baby’s room may just be the most stylish room...

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