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Parenting in a Villageless Society

  Finding your way when a village doesn’t exist Perhaps it’s one of those nostalgic, rose-colored glasses perspectives, but it often feels like the days when parents had an established village was a lot less overwhelming than modern-day parenting. That’s not to say parents — moms especially — never experienced stress or frustration in their own […]

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Prenatal Ultrasound: Friend or Foe?

“It could be nothing … or it could be … something.” With those words so casually mentioned by my doctor after a recent regularly scheduled prenatal ultrasound, I was tossed headfirst into a place of uncertainty and anxiety.  This one phrase caught me completely off guard. Perhaps it was the way the doctor brought it […]

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How NOT to Help Those Struggling with Infertility

I feel compelled to start this post about infertility with a much needed, “I’m sorry.” I’ve requested stories of women who’ve struggled with infertility, and I’ve heard many stories of pain, loss and hardship with miscarriages, SIDS, and infertility. This post is specifically for those who’ve struggled with infertility, but before I move on to […]

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When Getting Pregnant is Hard: Talking About Infertility

“Just relax, it will happen when it’s time!” “Have you tried _____??” “Oh, it took us 3 whole months to get pregnant, I know exactly how you feel!” If you’re like me and have personally dealt with the physical, emotional, psychological, and financial challenges that is infertility, you have likely heard those statements…along with about […]

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Pregnancy Rules Around the World

Since my first pregnancy seven years ago, I have come to relax … a lot. But first a disclaimer: The information included in this article is not directly supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (acog.org). Please consult your health care provider for complete individualized recommendations. So, while, I offer you encouragement in your […]

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