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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.
Labor Day!

Labor Day!

The big day is finally here; your baby is ready to make his or her debut! So what happens between the first signs of labor and the arrival of your newborn?
Apps for the Expectant Mom

Apps for the Expectant Mom

Moms turn to lots of places for advice. Our own mothers, our friends, Dr. Google and, of course, our smartphones. “I had a million questions and wanted to track everything.
Almost There

Almost There

With diminished stomach space, pre-delivery jitters and a mile-long to-do list, expectant moms may be tempted to slack off on healthy eating as delivery day nears.
Be Well Postpartum

Be Well Postpartum

Throughout your pregnancy, you eat the right foods, drink plenty of fluids, rest and try to keep stress to a minimum. You might think once your baby arrives that you can relax your self-care regimen, but caring for yourself should remain a top priority to ensure the health of both of you.
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.
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