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10 Things You Might Not Know About C-Section Recovery

Posted on Dec 28th, 2016

Recovering from a c-section can be difficult - but the more you are prepared for the recovery, the better of you are. Here are 10 things you may not…

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10 Tips for Camping While Pregnant

Posted on Jul 20th, 2015

A few weeks ago we went camping (which was the first time since we've been married!) It was a really fun weekend to spend with just Forrest and Jack,…

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11 Tell-Tell Signs You’re Having a Boy

Posted on Mar 17th, 2018

What are baby boy pregnancy symptoms? While nothing is fool-proof, here are some signs that your bundle of joy might just be a boy! Symptoms of…

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13 Things to Know about an IUGR Diagnosis

Posted on Jan 7th, 2018

What is IUGR? What happens when you have an IUGR baby? In this post, I share my experience with having a child who was IUGR while I was pregnant -…

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14 Postpartum Body Changes You May Not Expect

Posted on Sep 15th, 2017

Postpartum recovery can be a doozy! Here are some Postpartum Body changes you may not know about. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias,…

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15 Decisions to Make Before Baby is Born

Posted on Jun 9th, 2017

15 Decisions to Make Before Baby is Born Giving birth is a bit of a marathon - by the time you have your baby in your arms, you probably just want…

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15 Easy and Creative Pregnancy Announcement Ideas to Share the News Publicly

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2015

You're pregnant! Congratulations! Being pregnant is such a beautiful gift from God! And now you have the fun task of announcing your pregnancy to all…

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Child Birth Recovery

Posted on Jan 26th, 2018

Giving birth is an exciting event in any woman's life - but it's good to be prepared! Here are 15 things you might not know about childbirth…

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27 Mother Recommended Baby Shower Gifts

Posted on Aug 29th, 2015

Is there anyone else out there that has a hard time picking out baby shower gifts? Look no further because, I have gathered a list of items that…

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50+ Ways to Enjoy Pregnancy

Posted on May 4th, 2015

Pregnancy can hold some of the best and worst times of your life - here are 50+ ways to enjoy pregnancy, even when it's hard.  Be sure to check out…

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9 Things I Learned About Pregnancy

Posted on Jan 28th, 2013

 My pregnancy was definitely a growing experience. And not just in the belly area! I experienced depression, morning sickness, and complete…

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9 Tips For Taking a New Mom Meals

Posted on Jun 10th, 2013

I think that any new mom will agree that in those first few days after bringing home a new baby, cooking is the last thing on your mind. I know it…

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9 Topics to Consider When Choosing a Baby Doctor

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2013

Awhile ago, I described eight ways to find a good pediatrician. But long before you have to worry about choosing a pediatrician, choosing the person…

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All You Need to Know About Prenatal Vitamins

Posted on May 28th, 2013

If you are pregnant, or want to be come pregnant, you're probably drowning in information overload. However, there is one topic you really shouldn't…

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Am I Pregnant? Quiz – The Unofficial Online Pregnancy Test

Posted on Jun 11th, 2018

If you are asking yourself "Am I Pregnant", this online pregnancy test might point you in the right direction. Just answer a couple of questions…

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American Fork Fetal Fotos Review: 3D Baby Ultrasounds in Utah

Posted on Jul 18th, 2015

One of my favorite experiences when I was pregnant with Jack was getting a 3D/4D ultrasound. It wasn't something we were planning on, as they can be…

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Are You a Bad Mom for Sending Your Baby to the Hospital Nursery?

Posted on Jun 16th, 2015

Rooming in or hospital nursery at night? Does choosing one over the other make you a better mom? Here's my (unscientific) thoughts on the…

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Breastfeeding During Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Posted on Oct 13th, 2016

Breastfeeding during pregnancy is one of the most common topics I see come up in different breastfeeding support groups I'm in. It's not something…

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Common Pregnancy Sleep Issues (And How To Help Them)

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2017

3:00 AM. That's the time I would always wake up when I was pregnant with Jack. It mainly had to do with the fact that Forrest had to get up at…

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Creative Gender Reveal Ideas

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2015

Gender Announcement Ideas Looking for some creative gender reveal ideas? Here are an assortment of fun (and sometimes, tasty) ideas to help you…

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Dad’s Guide to Labor and Delivery (And What to Bring)

Posted on May 21st, 2016

I (Katie) have written a few posts on what to bring to the hospital - including for dads. However, Forrest wrote this post shortly before Oliver was…

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Depression During Pregnancy: My Experience, Causes, Symptoms, and Help

Posted on May 19th, 2014

Most people have heard of postpartum depression. It's a very real and often devastating problem that many women experience during their pregnancy.…

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DIY Pregnancy Countdown Shirt with Cricut

Posted on Mar 28th, 2018

 Make pregnancy a little more fun with this easy pregnancy countdown shirt - it's great for those weekly belly pics! Pregnancy Countdown Shirt…

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Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

Posted on Aug 12th, 2013

I love to plan parties. One of my (hundreds) of jobs I think I would love would have to be being an event planner. It always frustrates me when I see…

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Early Pregnancy Bloating: Why it Happens and What You Can Do

Posted on Jun 20th, 2016

Are you just a few weeks pregnant but suddenly feel a few months due to early pregnancy bloating? Don't worry! It's pretty common. Here is why it…

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Eight Reasons My Son’s C-Section Birth was Imperfectly Perfect

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2016

    "With that first, beautiful scream, my heart burst with joy and tears burst from my eyes, leaking pure joy and love outside for all to see.…

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Emotions of a “Surprise” Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 9th, 2015

I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with Jack very clearly. It was the Fourth of July, and I told Forrest I thought I might be pregnant. He…

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Excessive Saliva and Spitting During Pregnancy – Is it Normal?

Posted on Mar 27th, 2017

Can't stop spitting during pregnancy? Read on.  Shortly after Jack was born, we attended a family reunion. One of my cousins was pregnant, and I…

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Fact versus Fiction: Busting Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Myths

Posted on May 4th, 2017

Fact versus Fiction: Busting Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Myths During both of my pregnancies, the one thing that lifted my mood and helped my…

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First Pregnancy versus Second Pregnancy

Posted on Jun 7th, 2016

All pregnancies are different - even multiple pregnancies from the same woman. For me, my two pregnancies definitely had their similarities, but…

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Five Essential Nutrients for Pregnancy (And Where to Get Them)

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2015

During pregnancy, it's more important than ever to make sure you have a balanced, healthy diet. You need to make sure your diet includes these five…

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Free Diaper Raffle Tickets Printable

Posted on Mar 30th, 2015

Free Diaper Raffle Tickets Printable I recently was in charge of a very last-minute baby shower (less than 24 hours). Because it was so last minute,…

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Fun Gender Reveal Shirt and Onesie

Posted on May 9th, 2015

We just found out that we are having another little boy (read more about that here), and we are so excited! I knew that I really wanted to do some…

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Gender Prediction Tests and Myths

Posted on May 11th, 2015

Boy or girl? Here are some different gender prediction tests and myths - and which ones are more accurate than others! Since we found out I was…

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Genetic Testing Before and During Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Posted on Aug 29th, 2017

Genetic Testing Before and During Pregnancy: What You Should Know var ts=document.getElementById('ti-pixel-tracker'); var axel = Math.random() +…

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Gift Guide for a Pregnant Mama

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2013

Need some gift ideas for pregnant women? Anything on this item is sure to be a hit! So my next gift guide is for one of my favorite groups of…

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Heartburn During Pregnancy: Relief, Remedies and Causes

Posted on Jun 1st, 2015

Sometimes I (semi) joke about how I definitely experience all the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy. It's all worth it, but it definitely makes…

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Help Pregnant Mother’s Get the Prenatal Care They Deserve

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my…

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Hospital Bag Packing List for Dad

Posted on Sep 15th, 2015

Mom might be the center of the labor and delivery experience but that doesn't mean dad shouldn't be prepared! Here's what dads should pack in their…

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How to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

Posted on Jul 5th, 2017

How to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth When you’re eight months pregnant and preparing for childbirth, the last thing you want to hear is this:…

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Husband Smells Bad During Pregnancy?

Posted on Jun 8th, 2016

Pregnancy brings on a hyper sense of smell. For those of us who have morning sickness, this can make that even worse. When I was pregnant with…

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Infertility SUCKS: 12 Ways to Cope

Posted on Jan 24th, 2017

Can I be completely honest about something? Infertility sucks. It sucks the life right out of you. It sucks the joy out of your otherwise…

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Is Diarrhea a Sign of Pregnancy? What You Need to Know

Posted on Feb 19th, 2018

Experiencing looser stools and wondering if you are pregnant? Is diarrhea during pregnancy normal? Answers to these questions are more can be found…

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Labor Contractions 101: How They Feel, Contraction Trackers, and More

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2017

Not sure what to expect when it comes to labor contractions? You aren't alone! Here is a little guide to help you know when they are happening, if…

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Maternity Clothes Shopping 101: When, Where, and How to Buy Maternity Clothes

Posted on Aug 31st, 2015

Wearing maternity clothes is inevitable at some point in every woman's pregnancy - here's everything you need to know about when, where, and how to…

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Missed period, negative pregnancy test – Could You Still Be Pregnant?

Posted on Dec 5th, 2016

Do you have a missed period but a negative pregnancy test? You might still be pregnant (or one of these other reasons for a missed period may be the…

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Must-Know Tips for Exercise During Pregnancy

Posted on Oct 30th, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sports Authority for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Sleep or exercise? Most pregnant…

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My Breech Baby: How to Turn a Breech Baby

Posted on Nov 11th, 2015

I knew my baby was breech. Before I went into my doctor's appointment at 37 weeks - where they would determine the position my baby was in, I just…

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My Breech ECV Experience

Posted on Sep 18th, 2015

When we found out that baby boy #2 was breech, our physician said we could either just schedule a c-section or try what is called an External…

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My Favorite Pregnancy Exercise Outfit

Posted on Jun 25th, 2015

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the best online pregnancy workout videos, and how exercising during pregnancy is one of the only things that…

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Postpartum Depression: Stories of Hope and Healing

Posted on Mar 20th, 2017

600,000. That is the average number of mothers who will suffer from postpartum depression this year (source).  15% As someone who suffered…

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Postpartum Recovery Kit: Essentials for Recovery from Childbirth

Posted on Jan 11th, 2016

Recovering from childbirth can be a little rough. Here are some postpartum recovery essentials that every mom-to-be should know about.  This…

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Pregnancy Resources

Posted on Feb 4th, 2013

There's about a billion websites about pregnancy our there, and then another mobile pregnant apps. Don't believe me? Just Google it, and you'll…

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Pregnancy Survival Kit Gift Ideas

Posted on Mar 16th, 2015

Looking for a creative baby shower gift? Here are some fun pregnancy survival kit gift ideas that any pregnant woman is sure to love!)  I always…

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Preparing for A Natural Labor (Even If You Don’t Want One)

Posted on Jul 25th, 2016

It felt like someone had stabbed me in the abdomen and was twisting the knife around and around. The hospital was about 25 minutes away, and I…

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Spalicious and Belly Up Lone Tree Review and Discount

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2015

A few months ago, I wrote a post about 50+ ways to enjoy pregnancy. Since I'm coming in on the last part of my pregnancy (I can't hardly believe our…

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Surviving Labor and Delivery: What to Expect

Posted on Apr 7th, 2017

Labor and delivery is one of the most intense things a woman can go through and being prepared can make it so much easier. Here is everything you…

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Surviving Pregnancy for Dads: From a Father of Two

Posted on Aug 29th, 2016

So, your wife is pregnant! (I'll just refer to her as your wife, because that is simpler for me - feel free to substitute whatever title you…

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Surviving Pregnancy: The First Trimester

Posted on Mar 11th, 2013

Surviving Pregnancy: The First Trimester. Tips on How to Make it Through those first 12 weeks!   I just wanted the glow! The one that…

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Surviving Pregnancy: The Third Trimester

Posted on Mar 25th, 2013

If you have any questions regarding pregnancy or labor and delivery, leave it in the comments, or send it to katie @ clarkscondensed (dot) com, and…

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Surviving the Second Trimester of Pregnancy

Posted on Mar 18th, 2018

You've made it through the first 12 what? Here are all the facts, tips, and tricks you need to make it through the second trimester of…

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The #1 Thing to Pack in Your C-section Birth Bag (plus, a few other things you might need)

Posted on Nov 19th, 2016

Preparing for a c-section? Here are the essentials of a c-section hospital bag, including one little-known item EVERY c-section mama needs to have in…

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The Best Free Pregnancy Workout Videos

Posted on Mar 10th, 2018

Don't have time to the hit the gym? Here are some of the best free pregnancy workout videos to keep you active during your pregnancy! Most of them…

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The Best Pregnancy and Baby Freebies for Moms (New, Expectant, and Experienced)

Posted on Feb 12th, 2015

The Best Pregnancy and Baby Freebies for Moms (New, Expectant, and Experienced) Are you a new or expectant mom? Here are freebies for moms, new…

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The Best Pregnancy Book for Modern Moms

Posted on Mar 6th, 2018

"Preggers" by Chelsea Johnson is a funny pregnancy book that has tons insightful information, endearing stories that will make you cry, and…

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The BEST Pregnancy Box Subscriptions

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2017

What better way to celebrate pregnancy than with a pregnancy subscription box! Here are the best pregnancy subscription boxes out there that we…

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The Secret to Getting Pregnant Faster

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2016

The day you decide you want to try and have a baby is an exciting one. I'm sure there are so many thoughts flying through your head - how long…

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The Ultimate Playlist for Labor Music Ideas

Posted on Sep 26th, 2016

Music can make your labor and delivery a little more peaceful - here are some of the best labor and music ideas! Music to Play While Giving…

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Third Trimester Checklist

Posted on Mar 10th, 2018

Are you in the last trimester of pregnancy? It can drag on - I know. Here is a third-trimester checklist and ideas of things to do to make those last…

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Those Funny Moments When You Kinda Forget You’re Pregnant

Posted on May 21st, 2015

It may see impossible to forget that you are growing a human child in your womb, especially after you start to experience all those fun pregnancy…

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Three Pregnancy Classes Every Mom-to-be Should Take

Posted on Sep 4th, 2017

Three Pregnancy Classes Every Mom-to-be Should Take When I was first pregnant with Jack, I didn't know a lot. Well, about pregnancy, that is…

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Tips for Managing Morning Sickness

Posted on Jan 13th, 2014

I vote that they rename morning sickness.It really gives people false expectations that once they get through the sickness in the morning, it won't…

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Top 10 {{non-food}} Posts from Clarks Condensed

Posted on Dec 30th, 2013

  For the past month or so, most of our posts around here have been about food. I mean, that's what most people were looking for! However,…

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Top 15 Common Fears of Delivering a Baby

Posted on Mar 1st, 2017

Preparing to give birth can be an overwhelming experience. It's easy to be nervous about the unknown - but you aren't alone. Here are 15 common fears…

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Unique Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

Posted on Apr 18th, 2018

 No matter what way you look at it, morning sickness is no fun. Here are several natural morning sickness remedies you may not have heard…

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Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2017

Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs Despite what some people say, some women can and will experience very early symptoms of pregnancy soon…

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Water Exercise During Pregnancy

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2015

I'm excited to have Kaitlin Gardner from An Apple Per Day guest posting for me today! Kaitlin has a wonderful blog, and when she asked if she could…

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We’re Having a . . .

Posted on May 9th, 2015

Today was the big 20 week ultrasound. Of course, it's always great to hear that everything looks good with the baby (and it did), but the big reason…

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What Do Contractions Feel Like? Real Stories from Real Moms.

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2017

What Does a Contraction Feel Like? Are you pregnant and not sure what to expect from labor pains? Here are stories from real moms describing how…

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What Not To Say to a Pregnant Woman

Posted on Jun 29th, 2015

I don't know what it is about pregnant women that makes people think it's appropriate to make whatever comments, ask whatever questions, and offer up…

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What They Don’t Tell You About The Week After Giving Birth

Posted on Oct 26th, 2015

Sometimes, I was on cloud nine. I couldn't have been happier. And then other times? Well, this picture speaks for itself: You know what…

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What to Do Before Getting Pregnant: 9 Important Things to Consider

Posted on Mar 16th, 2018

Are you hoping to get pregnant soon? If so, you might be wondering what to do before you get pregnant. Here are 9 important things to keep in mind…

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What to Do Before You Get Pregnant (and a few things you might miss)

Posted on Jun 8th, 2015

I'm not one of those people who feels like you need to have lots of money, a big house with a dog, and to have traveled the world before you have…

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What To Pack In Hospital Bag When Having a Baby

Posted on Apr 1st, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Dental Work During Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2016

What you need to know about dental work during pregnancy, as well as why it's so important to take care of your teeth and gums for a healthy…

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When a group of moms get together, chances are pregnancy horror stories, and a competition of "Who had it worst" will commence. Great piece about what to do if these conversations make you feel uneasy. Because everyone's story is uniquely theirs!

Who Had It Worst? The Pregnancy Debate I Love to Avoid

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

This post was written by our wonderful contributor, Katelyn! "Being Pregnant SUCKS!" "Yes, it is absolutely the worst!" Sometimes I find…

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Why Am I Not Getting Pregnant? 12 Possible Reasons.

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2018

The moment you start trying to get pregnant, you dream of those two pink lines. And when they don't show up - no matter how hard you squint your…

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Yiva Naturals Women’s Daily Balance

Posted on Oct 7th, 2013

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Yiva Naturals and I was compensated for it. All opinions are my own.  So last year, I attended the Build…

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