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10 Tips for the Third Trimester of Pregnancy from a Mom of Three

You may be experiencing an array of emotions during your third trimester, which begins in week 28 of your pregnancy. While you probably aren’t feeling nauseous in the third trimester, you’re likely feeling pretty fatigued and uncomfortable from all of the changes your body has gone through over the last several months. The good news? You’ll get to meet your baby oh so soon, and you’ll be head over heels in love.

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What Is a Doula?

When I had my first two children, I had never even heard the word “doula.” My second birth was precipitous (less than three hours). I had planned to have an epidural as I did for my first delivery, but the second time, I wasn’t able to have any pain relief. My labor was so quick that my OB barely made it to catch my baby! Since my husband and I weren’t prepared to cope through labor and delivery in this way, the experience was incredibly scary for us...

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Tips for Pregnant Military Spouses from a Military Mom of Three

Congratulations! You just found out that you’re pregnant. You’re excited, nervous, and eager to share your big news with your family and friends. Then you realize that you’re a thousand miles away from everyone you know and love. Your spouse is in and out of the field, off to trainings, and scheduled to deploy soon. What’s a military spouse to do? (Cue the freak-out.)

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10 Tips for Breastfeeding After a C-Section

Since nearly one-third of deliveries in the US occur via cesarean section, it’s important that moms who plan to breastfeed are prepared no matter how they end up delivering. While giving birth isn’t typically easy (hence the term “labor”), C-sections add a whole new dynamic to delivery and breastfeeding for which many moms aren’t prepared.

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10 Tips for the Second Trimester of Pregnancy from a Mom of Three

You’ve made it through your first trimester. Congratulations! I know I’m not alone in saying the second trimester is sort of a sweet spot in pregnancy. Of course, every woman’s pregnancy is different -- but for me, the second trimester is like a beautiful rainbow after a storm. First trimester symptoms ease up, and I feel invincible.

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How to Embrace Real Motherhood:
The Messy, the Chaotic and the Beautiful

Guest writer Emily Foster shares, "Before having a baby, you might have had a romantic idea of what motherhood would look like. If you’re like me, in this vision your hair is wrangled in the perfect messy ponytail, you fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans, and the cutest baby you’ve ever dreamed of coos and smiles at you with 'thank you, Mama' eyes. Sure, you’re tired, but you’re so blissfully happy that nothing else matters..."

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30 Things Moms Wish They Had Known About Labor and Delivery

As we KB Moms thought about our own birth stories, we realized that there were a lot of things we wish we had known on that journey to meet our babies. We figured a lot of expectant moms would want to know everything they could, so we decided to ask our favorite source, other moms, about their experiences and what they wish they had known about labor and delivery. 

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ACOG's New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

When I read the new recommendations released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I was excited by the proactive effort to reduce some of the challenges women experience postpartum, especially the early weeks, which “are a critical period for a woman and her infant, setting the stage for long-term health and well-being.” I was also encouraged by ACOG’s recognition of the challenges of the fourth trimester.

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Simple Ways to Stay Active as a New Mom

Having a newborn is exciting and fulfilling, but it can also be demanding and unrelenting. Exercise is one of the best ways to contend with the challenges of new parenthood. As hard as it might be some days, working out can help you recover, manage stress, and stay positive. We asked one of our Marketing Outreach Coordinators, Stacey Kinney, a certified personal trainer, to share her expertise with you. We hope these tips help you achieve your postpartum fitness goals.

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Gentle Yoga for Prenatal and Postpartum Women

As hard as it might be some days, exercise can be incredibly beneficial for pregnant and postpartum women. In addition to being a great workout, yoga can relieve stress and teach you helpful breathing techniques. We asked our very own Customer Service Manager, Hannah Danto-Dorafsha, who is also a yoga instructor, to share her expertise with you. We hope these yoga tips help you achieve your pregnancy and postpartum fitness goals.

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Brave New Motherhood

A maelstrom of heightened emotions and changing hormones coupled with new mom exhaustion and a sense of isolation can make sanity feel elusive. Though you might encounter unexpected challenges with your growing family, you’ll also find yourself changing in amazing ways.

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Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise: An Interview with Fitness Expert Amy Jordan

When you're a busy or expectant mom, it can be hard to work out. Amy Jordan, Creator and CEO of WundaBar Pilates, is not only a fitness expert but also a successful entrepreneur and thriving mom of two. Amy has firsthand knowledge of how nonstop mom life is. But she also knows the incredible physical and mental benefits of exercising. She graciously and candidly answered all of our pregnancy and postpartum fitness questions and provided easy and effective exercises to do at home.

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Mama, Your Self-Care Matters and Here's Why

In this guest post, coach and blogger LaTisha Cotto emphasizes how important self-care is for new moms: "For me, motherhood has been a magical time... Every milestone is a miracle. Every smile is from heaven. Every giggle melts my heart. There’s also the tough stuff."

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

Guest blogger Sophia Carr shares what she packed in her hospital bag -- the second time around. Your hospital bag really is all about you and what you will need to make your labor, delivery, and recovery a little more enjoyable. Sophia's favorite items will help get your packing started!

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Meeting My Son: Love at First Sight

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that by the end of the third trimester you’re not only exhausted but also just ready to finally see this baby you’ve carried around inside you for so long. You want to look at his eyes, see what color his hair is, count his fingers and toes; I wanted to know every detail about him. 

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Creating a Birth Plan for Induction

Welcoming your baby into the world is a special event, no matter how it happens. Whether you're planning to be induced or you want to be prepared "just in case," our Induction Goals Checklist is a great way to start a conversation with your partner and medical team about how you'd like to experience the birth of your child.

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Who’s Who in Maternity Care

From your first prenatal visit to post-delivery, you’ll meet likely meet a multitude of healthcare professionals who will monitor the health of you and your child and provide support during and after labor. These incredible people are instrumental in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and helping you realize your delivery goals. 

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