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Making Mom Friends

Making Mom Friends

As you feather your nest, don’t forget to give your social life a little love, too. Connecting with a community of women who can relate to the challenges of new motherhood will help you feel more supported and less stressed. Thankfully, Kansas City offers plenty of options.
Pregnant-zzzz: Getting the Sleep You Need When You’re Expecting

Pregnant-zzzz: Getting the Sleep You Need When You’re Expecting

Pregnant women are often told to “sleep now, while you can”—but sleeping during pregnancy is easier said than done. Just ask Emily Waggoner, who was surprised to find herself sleepless while pregnant with her daughter, Sarah, now 3.
Q & A: Prenatal Vitamins

Q & A: Prenatal Vitamins

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to preparing for a baby, but did you know that your body is one of the most crucial elements of that? You’ll probably hear a lot about what you shouldn’t do—no smoking, drinking or Jacuzzis—but what about what you should do? It’s important to eat well and maintain regular physical activity. Just don’t forget about the vitamins.
Take Back Your Pregnancy

Take Back Your Pregnancy

When I was newly pregnant, more than 11 years ago, I was over-the-top giddy—for about a week. Then I went to the doctor. And I bought a few pregnancy books. And I scoured pregnancy websites. A few weeks later, we announced our news to family and friends.
The Name Game: Choosing the Perfect Name for Baby

The Name Game: Choosing the Perfect Name for Baby

Among the many decisions you will make during your pregnancy lies one that will affect your child for his or her entire life. A baby’s name will be with him forever. No pressure, right? Choosing a name for your baby isn’t easy, so here are some tips that will help you to pick the perfect name to last a lifetime.
Cheating Childbirth

Cheating Childbirth

I missed out on the “Delivery Club”—as odd as that may sound. When moms get together, you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear some birth stories. It’s quite the momentous occasion! My first birth experience gives me some credibility for the Delivery Club, but it’s my second that makes me feel like I cheated.
NICU Nuggets: Be in the Know

NICU Nuggets: Be in the Know

Parents have an active job on the NICU team that no one else has. It can still be a beautiful experience.
The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

Congratulations, you’re having a baby! You might find that once it’s officially announced, time flies by. Before you know it, you’re counting down to the last few weeks until your due date. In the midst of excitement and apprehension, it’s easy to forget that there are a few things to take care of before the baby arrives.
7 Pregnancy Perks

7 Pregnancy Perks

When you feel (and sometimes are) as big as a house while pregnant, it may be hard to think positively about your current experience. But pregnancy has some really great perks!
Bringing Home Baby:

Bringing Home Baby:

What is a postpartum doula? The first six weeks after a newborn arrives can be a mixture of happiness and anxiety as moms settle into a new routine. Many of today’s new mothers lack the support network that generations of mothers have relied on. Close family and friends are far-flung, and partners return to work within days. A postpartum doula can provide experience and valuable support that a new mother may be missing.
Dad’s To-Do List:

Dad’s To-Do List:

During the nine months the two of you are waiting on your bundle of joy to arrive, a lot of things are changing for the mommy-to-be. Dad may feel a bit left out during this time and wonder how he can participate.
Have Baby, Will Travel

Have Baby, Will Travel

Everything about pregnancy is an adventure. There are the obvious physical changes—hello, belly!—coupled with an endless stream of emotional roller coaster rides. It can be enough for any woman to want to get far, far away. And why not? Travel is a great distraction from all the changes and stress that show up long before your baby.
Real Mom Reviews

Real Mom Reviews

There are lots of baby products out there, but these are a few we just think are great!
Common Pregnancy Worries---Fact or Fiction

Common Pregnancy Worries---Fact or Fiction

Is it safe to eat deli meat? Can I get a pedicure? What if I want to color my hair? Will I hurt my baby if take a hot bath, keep up with my normal fitness routine, eat sushi or fly on an airplane? The list of worries expectant moms feel is about as long as the nine months we anxiously await our child’s arrival, but is the basis of each concern fact or fiction?
10 Things to Bring to the Hospital

10 Things to Bring to the Hospital

A list of 10 things to bring to the hospital will probably differ between mothers, but here are a few things to consider when packing for that momentous occasion.
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