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varicose veins

Varicose Veins are Wrecking My Pregnancy

Bulging, purple, painful varicose veins have become my everyday reality this pregnancy. Beginning at about fifteen weeks, my body has suffered from those evil, spiderweb veins creeping down my thigh and behind my knee. Even better? They’ve affected my vulva. That’s been fun excruciating. Everything is harder and everything hurts. I have to elevate my […]

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infertility

What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting

For some, getting pregnant comes without any special skill. No charting, no testing, no pills, needles or third parties required. But for others, 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age, things just aren’t so simple.  April 19-25 is National Infertility Awareness Week. It’s no coincidence that the week falls shortly before Mother’s Day, perhaps the most heart-wrenching day […]

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home birth

Home Birth Misconceptions and the Shameless Hormones

Candles flickered in a thick cloud of incense. The guttural grunts of a pregnant woman in labor could be heard while she danced around the room in a trance. A wild-haired midwife stood nearby holding a canvas bag of rudimentary medical tools. Caution was thrown to the wind. That’s what home birth looks like … […]

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pregnancy & infant loss

Tools for Helping & Healing {Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month}

Thirty Years of Awareness & Action We are now in the 30th year of bringing awareness to the subject of pregnancy & infant loss. The statistics of pregnancy & infant loss are overwhelming. Approximately 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage; add in the statistics of stillbirth and neonatal death, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a […]

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diastasis recti

Bridging the Gap: How to Take Care of the “Mom Pooch”

Diastasis Recti . . . mom pooch, mummy tummy. A buzzword you’ve probably seen scrolling through your newsfeed or heard a friend talking about. As a fitness professional who specializes in prenatal/postpartum women and pelvic floor dysfunction, this is a topic that every woman needs to know about – whether you are pregnant or your youngest […]

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birth plans

When Birth Plans Don’t Go as Expected

On February 2, 2015, our family was blessed with the birth of our second child but not in a way that we had planned. Like Any Other Day The day started out like any other day. I dropped our oldest off at school and returned home to rest. As I was driving to pick him […]

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