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Pregnancy by the Numbers

Pregnancy by the Numbers

Fun facts and trivia about pregnancy.
KC Moms Share Labor and Delivery Surprises

KC Moms Share Labor and Delivery Surprises

Just like each pregnancy is different, every labor and delivery is unique. Each mom and baby have their own story, unlike any other. Especially for first-time moms, the prospect of labor and delivery is exciting but scary.
Preparing for the Financial Impact of Maternity Leave

Preparing for the Financial Impact of Maternity Leave

If you work for an American company, typically some or all of your maternity leave will be unpaid, leaving you the options of using vacation time, taking less time off or simply not being paid for the duration of your leave.
Fitness Through Each Stage of Pregnancy

Fitness Through Each Stage of Pregnancy

Staying active is essential to a healthy life, but even more so when growing and nurturing a new one. Previous generations of moms-to-be were told to do little more than rest for the entirety of their pregnancy. How things have changed!
Babymoons

Babymoons

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then—if you’re smart—you go on a vacation to celebrate that soon-to-be baby in a baby carriage. That’s right. A babymoon, the act of parents-to-be going on a romantic getaway before their baby is born, has become all the rage—and for good reason.
Delivery 101

Delivery 101

New moms have lots of questions as they prepare to deliver their first baby. While you cannot exactly predict how your experience will go, there are a few things you can probably anticipate.
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.
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