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5 Reasons You Should Avoid a C-section

C-sections scare me. The very thought of somebody knocking me out and cutting my abdomen gives me the chills. An emergency c-section is one thing and if it’s supposed to save mine or my baby’s life then bring it on but what I just don’t understand is a c-section because you can (bribe the doctor […]

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34 weeks pregnant on the beach

Pregnancy Week 35 – Feeling Great :)

Starting pregnancy week 35 with only 3 weeks to go until baby is full-term!!! How exciting! We’re getting closer and closer!!! And after I discovered the magical effect of apples – my heartburn problems disappeared! What a relief!!! I am feeling really great with no disturbing side effects! Yey! What’s happening this week? Baby’s crown […]

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My Dream Birth

Inspired by this month’s blogging carnival and yet not being able to participate since I haven’t given birth yet I would like to share how I would like it to look like. It’s not exactly a birth plan as it does not contain the various stages and what I expect to be doing in each of […]

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Embracing Your Birth Experience

Two mommy bloggers at  Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama throw a blogging Carnival of Natural Parenting on a monthly basis. This month’s theme was: “Embracing Your Birth Experience”. While I do not have a birth experience to share yet, I will next month and it is fascinating for me to read these mamas’ stories: I Had A […]

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First Stage Of Labor – Active

During our third prenatal class we learnt about the active stage of labor (1 to 5 cm dilation), which follows the latent stage. PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: Pregnancy Day By Day defines this phase as the individual point for each woman where cervical change happens more quickly and predictably. For most women, active labor occurs at around 4 […]

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Mexican Bola

Mexican Bola

The Mexican Bola is a musical pendant worn by pregnant mums. It’s worn on the belly and the sound of a tiny xylophone inside the pendant comforts the baby inside your womb. The subtle chime sound can be heard by both mother and baby as the mother gets on with her day. Generations of Mexican mothers […]

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Pregnancy Week 34 – Same Weight As In Week 26!

I’m already starting my 34th week! How exciting!!! While baby is steadily gaining weight – exactly as Pregnancy Day By Day indicates, I am at the same number of kilos as I was in week 26! That is however due to my fantastic acid reflux and regular throwing up (not fun) – but I think I found […]

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40 weeks pregnant

Growing Pregnant Belly Week By Week

(Scroll down for pictures of pregnancy.) The pregnant belly is a mystery (well not for your gynecologist, but still), it’s where the miracle of life starts (really that would be the fallopian tube but let’s not get into details now), it’s where we’ve all spent 9 months (some much shorter!) before we came to this […]

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HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method

Preparing for childbirth, I keep reading 🙂 Today I would like to share with you my favorite quotes/takeaways from HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) These are the parts I highlighted: 95% of families have normal, low- or no-risk pregnancies. Your journey into parenthood is one […]

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Hypnobirthing – Women Are Made To Have Babies

On the one hand it seems like I’ve been pregnant for a long time, on the other hand days are flying for me now, so it’s only logical that I prepare for childbirth. HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) caught my attention and here are my […]

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First Stage Of Labor – Latent

Today during our second prenatal class we learnt about the first (latent) stage of labor (dilation around 1 cm), which can last between a few hours to a few days! If you don’t go to a prenatal class the book Pregnancy Day By Day does a great job at describing what this stage looks like: POSSIBLE […]

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Childbirth on the Love-Making Continuum

An inspirational phrase for pregnancy is my homework for tomorrow’s prenatal lesson. I did read around 15 books on pregnancy so it is quite likely that this sentence came from one of them, anyway, here it is: Conception happens when you make love and birth is part of that love-making continuum. Isn’t that beautiful? When […]

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Pregnancy Week 33 – She’s On Her Way

She seems more and more real to me with the hiccups and the stretching in my belly and even reminding me to be happy – when I once got sad and started crying she was obviously disturbed and made me throw up – that definitely stopped the crying! She’s clearly on her way (it’s only […]

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5 Top Birth Songs

Yes, I’m a freak, I managed to compile 500 songs for my birth playlist. But then I thought – hey, what if I had to make a CD and choose only around 20? So I did it and then I thought – there are really 5 that actually stand out and just make me want […]

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