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Healthy Babies Start with Proper Pregnancy Planning

Healthy Babies Start with Proper Pregnancy Planning

A healthy pregnancy begins long before conception. By planning ahead you can lower the risk of complications and give your baby the best support from the very beginning.
Tips for a Healthier C-Section Delivery

Tips for a Healthier C-Section Delivery

Those precious moments in the delivery room after childbirth can be a profound and lasting experience for any mom: seeing your baby take his or her first breath, then holding your newborn for the first time.
Pink or Blue…If You Only Knew!

Pink or Blue…If You Only Knew!

While my husband and I have not found out the gender of our babies prior to birth, many expectant parents do. The Internet and Pinterest are full of fun and creative ways to announce not only a pregnancy, but more recently, Baby’s gender. In fact, gender reveal parties are on the up and up. Here are a few fun stories from local KC moms…
10 Pregnancy Super Foods For Moms

10 Pregnancy Super Foods For Moms

Moms usually know best, especially when it comes to food. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: “Eat your vegetables!” I never really understood the importance of eating my vegetables until I was well in adulthood and taking a health promotions class in graduate school. The truth is that fruits and vegetables can actually save your life. And what better life to save than your unborn child’s?
Pregnancy Fear Factors

Pregnancy Fear Factors

Most moms-to-be find themselves afraid of some element of pregnancy or childbirth, whether it be the unknown or a repeat of undesirable past outcomes. However, when fear takes the driver’s seat in a pregnancy, it can actually cause harm instead of preventing it.
Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

We’ve all seen the stylized version of the pregnant mom-to-be in movies or advertising. She’s floating along in perfectly fitted designer duds, full of energy and positively radiating with that special pregnant glow. The underlying message? Pregnancy is simple, effortless and problem-free. In real life, this isn’t always the case.
Map Out Your Pregnancy

Map Out Your Pregnancy

The 40 weeks leading up to the arrival of your baby are filled with exciting milestones, as well as changes in your body, your family and your life. “At first, it didn’t feel real,” Kelly Gadett, Gladstone mom, says. “As the months passed, I suddenly looked back and realized my whole life looked different since I found out I was expecting!”
Our Baby Story: Learning From Five Years of Infertility

Our Baby Story: Learning From Five Years of Infertility

After four years of wasted efforts and tearful nights, we had finally decided to take on in-vitro fertilization. The doctors had successfully taken more than 20 eggs from Cheri’s ovaries, but now she was suffering from ovarian hyperstimulation. Her abdomen filled with fluid that needed to be drained with a siphon, while the rest of her body ached from dehydration.
Top 10 Things Googled from the Delivery Room

Top 10 Things Googled from the Delivery Room

Congratulations! You’ve got your go-bags packed, a childbirth class behind you and a birth plan devised. But if you’re anything like most pregnant women, you may still find yourself researching up until the moment you meet your little one face to face. Save yourself the hassle by reading up now so you can devote your energies to what really matters during labor. Here are the 10 most common questions Googled from the delivery room.
Complete

Complete

We are pretty sure our family is complete after our third baby is done cooking. My husband was pretty certain we were done with two, and I had to convince him for a third. But how do you know that you are done having children?
Three to Six in 14 Weeks

Three to Six in 14 Weeks

One year ago we were an average family. We had three children, ages 8, 6, and 2, and we were busy with the average family things like dance lessons, Scouts, sports and homework.
Surviving Bed Rest

Surviving Bed Rest

At first glance, the notion of bed rest might sound like a dream come true. A chance to rest up, catch some extra shut-eye and twiddle your thumbs while actually having the spare time to do so? It almost seems too good to be true.
Working That Waddle! (Exercise During Pregnancy)

Working That Waddle! (Exercise During Pregnancy)

Pregnancy offers an array of information and preparations to digest, and one area not to overlook is exercise. Attitudes toward pregnancy exercise generally fall into three camps.
Love It or Leave It

Love It or Leave It

Walking the aisles of any baby store can be intimidating and overwhelming. These humans are so tiny, and yet there is so much stuff we are told we need.
Lessons for the Labor Coach

Lessons for the Labor Coach

You’re in the home stretch of pregnancy and in mere weeks, you’ll be greeting your baby girl or boy for the first time! You may think all you have to do now is sit back and wait for Baby. Moms-to-be, feel free to take a nap. Dads, you’re officially up to bat.
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