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How NICU Stays and Unexpected Challenges Affect Maternity Leave

by ParentCo.

Most mothers plan meticulously for their baby’s arrival but for an unlucky few, a premature delivery can derail every expectation.

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Why Wasn’t Hannah Horvath’s Pregnancy on “Girls” Exactly Like My Own?

by ParentCo.

Why wasn’t Hannah Horvath talking about how much she didn’t like being pregnant? In other words, why wasn’t she me right now?

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In the Space Where Birth and Death Meet

by ParentCo.

My mother died and all at once it hit me: my own mortality and the mortality of everyone around me – everyone I cared about, and even those I didn't.

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The Comprehensive Guide to Your Happiest Pregnancy

by ParentCo.

In a perfect world, a woman’s pregnancy would be the happiest time of her life. Birds sing, flowers bloom, and everything seems full of possibility.

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Don’t Eat the Vagina Cake: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Lost Art of Discretion

by ParentCo.

Your maiden voyage into motherhood was likely accompanied by lots of advice. Like the vagina cake, this advice will give you indigestion and nightmares.

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Between Motherhood or Not: an Everyday Tale of Early Pregnancy Bleeding

by ParentCo.

The answers didn’t seem to matter. All that mattered was that there was blood.

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The Best Shoes for Pregnant Feet

by ParentCo.

No, not crocs.

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This Is What Pregnancy After an Eating Disorder Looks Like

by ParentCo.

The active part of my eating disorder was many moons ago, but my recovery is ongoing. Especially when I'm faced with gaining 30 to 50 pounds in nine months.

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More Than Just A Birth Plan: Crucial Questions to Discuss With Your Partner

by ParentCo.

The best start comes from having at least some of the answers.

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Weighing the Worry of an Ultrasound

by Pam Moore

Not knowing can be more comfortable than knowing too much.

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How Flu Shots May Improve Your Chance Of Getting Pregnant

by ParentCo.

If you are trying to get pregnant, then you definitely want to listen up.

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A Baby in My Belly and Death in My Head

by ParentCo.

The biggest surprise of my pregnancy was how much it prompted me to think about death.

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How to Dress for Those Weird Early Pregnancy Weeks

by ParentCo.

For that period of time when your pants are held together with a strategically looped hair tie.

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You Get What You Get

by Pam Moore

And find a way to work with it.

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Put Down That Smartphone, Pregnant Lady

by Zainab Kizilbash

Stop the Googling.

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My Magnificent Mom Body

by Rachel White

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The Longterm Effects of Childbirth No One Told Me About

by Ella Davis

What are the longterm impacts that come from discharging an infant out of your uterus? To be fair, they aren’t all bad.

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Dear Nordstrom, I Think You're Confused

by ParentCo.

The first image that popped up when I searched the word “maternity” in your search bar threw up some red flags.

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Obstetrics' Dark Underbelly: Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Labor Fails to Help

by ParentCo.

While inconvenient to the hospital system, I encourage all expectant mothers to consider refusing constant monitoring and to request intermittent monitoring instead.

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Just So You Know: Pregnancy Brain Is a Real, (And Permanent) Thing

by ParentCo.

If you've been pregnant, you've probably experienced, "pregnancy brain." This results in mindless moments and memory lapses you might not have had a problem with before.

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A Realistic Timeline Examining the Importance of Ample Maternity Leave

by ParentCo.

The first few weeks after a baby is born are as chaotic as they are precious. But for many families, the worries about job security and financial stability overshadow those early days.

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Six Reasons You Should Consider A Doula

by ParentCo.

Doulas are non-medical birth coaches or guides that help women and their partners achieve the kinds of births and first weeks they desire.

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So You've Been Told You're Having a Giant Baby

by ParentCo.

So, you went to the ultrasound, laid on the table and gasped when the tech estimated you’d be having a baby in the nine-pound range. It's going to be ok.

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Questioning Taboos: A Pregnant Economist Walks Into a Bar

by ParentCo.

If there's one question that should teach you to stop googling for parenting advice, it's "Can I drink while pregnant?"

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