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Baby's Spine - Level II Ultrasound
The ultrasound technician will look at your baby's spine to check for deformities such as neural tube defects.

Baby's Heart - Level II Ultrasound
The heart of your baby will be scanned in detail during an ultrasound exam.

Placenta and Umbilical Cord Ultrasound
You can learn a lot about the health of your baby by looking at the cord and placenta via ultrasound.

Sex of the Baby Via Level II Ultrasound
The sex of your baby should be readily visible by the halfway point in pregnancy.

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28th Week Pregnant Ultrasounds
Week 28 of pregnancy is at the start of the third trimester, not many ultrasounds are done at this point without a reason, like a complication.

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23 Weeks Pregnant - Second Trimester - Ultrasound Gallery
Week 23 of pregnancy is a common time for ultrasound scans to be done.

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17 Weeks Pregnant - Second Trimester - Ultrasound Gallery
Week 17! Nearly half way there, feeling good and looking forward to the rest of your pregnancy. Baby is growing big and strong, ultrasounds show lots of parts, including some girls and boys!

What is a prenatal care schedule?
We hear a lot about prenatal care and that it is good for us, but what really is prenatal care? How do doctor visits in pregnancy help us have a helathy pregnancy?

Pregnancy Week 10
Pregnancy Calendar Week 10: You're tired but baby is growing, that makes it worth it. These tips might help you feel better.

Can Ginger Cookies Really Induce Labor?
Labor-inducing cookies are not a new thing, but this recipe for ginger cookies to help kickstart labor has been around a while.

Popular Games to Play at Baby Showers
A collection of top baby shower games for baby showers, including many old favorites and some new baby shower games you've not seen before!

Pregnancy Week 6 - What Should I Expect?
Week 6 probably has you feeling the weight of pregnancy or at least some of the nastier symptoms. Here's how to feel better and enjoy your pregnancy.

About Pregnancy Week 20: Mother and Baby
Congratulations on hitting the halfway point in pregnancy. You're looking and feeling good, but baby has a lot of growing left to do.

Pregnancy Week 11: Mother and Baby
Week 11 in pregnancy is nearing the end of the first trimester, you're probably starting to feel a bit better and your baby is getting so big!

4 Reasons to Stop Dissing Childbirth Classes
Childbirth classes are worth your time, money and they provide great benefit. A look at how to actually get that benefit and not get burned.

Preparing Your Older Child or Teen for a New Baby
Most things about having a new baby that talk about siblings are meant to talk about young children, some families have bigger gaps in ages - here's how to talk to an older child about the impending birth and life after.

Handling a Second Pregnancy With the First Child
Having your second baby is very different from your first pregnancy. (And it's not just that you can't nap when you want to nap!)

Your Baby's Station
How your baby's position relates to the pelvis in labor, often expressed in terms of pluses and minuses.

X-rays while pregnant?
Women have been long told to avoid x-rays while pregnant. There might actually be times when needed - so what do you do?

Writing a Birth Plan
How to get your preferences for birth known by your doctors, midwives and nurses.

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Will an IUD Alter a Pregnancy Test?
An IUD is a stable and reliable method of birth control for women. However, as with any birth control, there's a chance that you can get pregnant.

Why You Might Need Antibiotics in Labor
A look at some of the reasons that you might need antibiotics in your labor and delivery.

Why would anyone want a natural childbirth?
Natural childbirth isn't something everyone wants, but why would anyone want it? Here are what some moms have to say in defense of an unmedicated birth by choice.

Will I have a bowel movement during labor?
Are you worried about having a bowel movement in labor?

Why would you need a scheduled cesarean section?
What are some of the reasons that you would need a scheduled cesarean birth? Here are some answers.

Why is sleeping on your back in pregnancy a problem?
A look at why sleeping on your back in pregnancy isn't the best idea after fourth month of pregnancy to prevent reduced blood flow to the baby.

Who's who in the delivery room?
When it comes times for you to give birth, you'll want to know who is around you and what your options are for bringing your own personal support.

Who do you invite with you to the labor room?
Congratulations, you're pregnant! Along with the other plans you'll have to make, consider who might make a good guest in the delivery room.

Who is supposed to throw a baby shower?
What are the rules about who can throw a baby shower? You might be surprised at the old fashioned rules.

When Will My Episiotomy Stitches Dissolve
If you had an episiotomy or tore during your birth, you will have episiotomy stitches. What happens to these stitches after baby?

When Morning Sickness Lasts Past the First Trimester
So your morning sickness didn't end at the beginning of the first trimester, or it came back. What do you do now?

Bad Reactions to Pregnancy Announcements
You're excited and you can't wait to share your pregnancy announcement with someone and the day comes and the reaction you get isn't what you expected... what now?

When Will My Husband Feel the Baby Move?
When will I feel my baby move is often quickly replaced by when will someone else be able to feel the baby move?

When will I start to show?
Wondering when your pregnant belly will show? That depends...

When Can I Hear My Baby's Heartbeat in Pregnancy?
You are probably looking forward to hearing your baby's heart beat in your prenatal appointments. How long will you have to wait?

When will I get my belly back after pregnancy?
Your belly expanded at a great rate in pregnancy - how long until it goes back to what it was like before you had the baby?

When will I feel my baby move in pregnancy?
At what point in pregnancy should a first time mom feel her baby move around?

When will my husband be able to feel the baby?
When will someone else be able to feel your baby move in pregnancy?

Is it normal for my baby to move all the time?
Is it normal for your baby to move around all the time in pregnancy?

What type of anesthesia is used for elective cesareans?
Wondering what type of pain medication or anesthesia is used in an elective cesarean? Here's a quick guide before you schedule your surgery.

What's different about pregnant sex?
Pregnant sex has some differences than the sex you had before. Are you ready?

What Your Due Date Does NOT Mean
There are a lot of articles out there talking about what your due date means, here's a look at what your pregnancy due date isn't.

What were popular baby names in the 1990s?
The 1990s are known for grunge rock, but what about popular baby names?

Alternatives to the Hospital Gown When Giving Birth
Most women imagine birth happening with a hospital gown on - but you do have alternatives.

What to Do When the Epidural is Not Working
While an epidural should give you good pain relief in labor, do you have a back up plan in case the epidural doesn't work?

What should I eat in labor?
Wondering if there's an ideal menu for labor? Should you eat in labor and if so, what should you eat?

What Not to Say About Pregnancy to Kids
There are so many things we say without realizing them about pregnancy. But the truth is, some do more harm than good.

What Not to Say to a Positive Pregnancy Test
When your partner says she's pregnant, here are some things you shouldn't say.

What is Pelvic Rest?
A look at why you might be told you need to give it a pelvic rest.

What Is Newborn Phototherapy?
A look at how phototherapy helps to treat newborn jaundice.

What Is Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM)?
Electronic fetal monitoring is a form of fetal surveillance in labor to ensure the healthiest birth out come for you and your baby. Is this for low risk women? Does it help you and your baby? When do you need electronic fetal monitoring?

Labor Augmentation: Speeding Labor Up
Once labor is started there are times when it will slow or even stop. Speeding labor up, called augmentation, is the treatment for a stalled labor.

What is an early pregnancy test? - Early Pregnancy Test
When you want to know if you're pregnant - you can't wait! An early pregnancy test is a way to try to find out before your miss your period. Learn more about the early pregnancy test.

What is a lip of cervix?
A look at what happens when you have just a lip of cervix left prior to full dilation.

What is a High Risk Pregnancy?
There are some risks to all pregnancies, but then there is a certain subsection of pregnancies that are classified high risk.

What is a false positive on a pregnancy test?
A false positive is a type of results from a pregnancy test.

What is a D and C? (Dilation and Curettage)
A D & C or dilation and curettage is one way to manage a miscarriage. This looks at the procedure and how it is done.

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy, and What Causes It?
A chemical pregnancy can occur in as many as 50+% of pregnancies. What is it and what causes it?

The Pregnancy Test Positive Line Showed Up Later, Why?
So the pregnancy test told you to read the test results within a certain time, but you read it later and now there is a positive line. What does it mean?

What Happens if Your Water Breaks and No Contractions?
Sometimes your water breaks before you have contractions. What happens next? How you respond can have a huge impact on your labor.

Food and Menu Suggestions - Baby Shower Party Planning
There are a few things to keep in mind when planning food for a baby shower. Here are the things you need to think about.

Your Weekly Prenatal Care Visits
It's down to weekly appointments from now until the time your baby is born. While the pace picks up, the appointments feel very much the same.

What to Expect at Prenatal Care Appointments
The doctor or midwife appointments that you have in pregnancy are called prenatal care. Each visit is an opportunity to assure that you and your baby are growing well and to answer any questions that you have. So what goes on in these appointments? Your first appointment is usually the longest.

Prenatal Visits When You Are Past Your Due Date
Just because you're past your due date doesn't mean you get out of prenatal visits!

Your Second Prenatal Care Doctor's Visit
Your second prenatal visit is usually a lot shorter than your first, but still important. Do you know what to expect? Page 2.

Your Third Prenatal Care Appointment
You will have heard your baby's heart beat for sure by your third prenatal care visit, but this visit is still important as you plan ahead for testing in pregnancy.

Your Fourth Prenatal Care Appointment
Now that you're really beginning to feel pregnant, the prenatal appointments may seem more real. You'll either have or schedule your mid-pregnancy ultrasound.

Your Fifth Prenatal Care Appointment
Just around half way through with your pregnancy, your appointments are still about a month apart.

Your Sixth Prenatal Care Appointment
You're old hat at the prenatal appointments by now. But they are still important, be sure to keep your appointments.

Your Seventh or Eighth Prenatal Care Appointment
Your prenatal care appointments are coming more frequently as your pregnancy comes to the end.

Your Tenth or Eleventh Prenatal Care Appointment (Bi-weekly Visits)
You move to having your prenatal appointments every other week. Does that make the baby feel like it's going to be here soon?

Pregnancy Test Lines: Does it matter if one is darker?
Are the lines on your pregnancy test lighter than the example? Could mean pregnancy.

What Dad Needs to Pack for the Hospital Bag
There are many, many articles written about what to pack for labor, but most of these focus on what moms needs with an occasional tidbit thrown out there for what to bring for baby. But what about dad? He needs things for labor as well.

What Medications Can You Take for a Cold When Pregnant?
Dextromethorphan or Guaifenesin during pregnancy? Find out whether these medications are safe to take while you are pregnant and having cold symptoms.

What Are Stretch Marks and How Can I Get Rid of Them
Knowing what stretch marks are and how you get them can help you understand how to get rid of stretch marks.

Lasers for Stretch Marks
Can you use laser to help get rid of stretch marks?

5 Ways Your Partner Can Help with Morning Sickness
You're not alone with the morning sickness, many guys report feeling helpless while women are feeling ill. Here are some ways to be helpful.

Ways to Induce Labor
A look at some of the basic medical ways to induce labor when it is important for your baby to be born.

Weird Baby Shower Gifts Parents Will Love
Are you looking for a fun baby shower gift that no one else will show up with for the new parents? This list has some popular offerings.

5 Ways to Ruin a Baby Shower
Have you ever been to a baby shower that was more of a fiasco than a party? Here's guaranteed ways to turn any party into a disaster.

5 Ways to Hide Your Pregnancy to Others
Sometimes you're just not ready to announce your pregnancy. Here are some ways to help you keep your secret a little bit longer...

Five Ways to Get Through a Long Labor
Sometimes labor is longer than the average of 12 to 18 hours. For optimal outcomes, know how to handle long labors for the health of mom and baby.

6 Ways to Find Support for VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
VBAC is on the decline in some parts of the country. Here is what you can do to find a practitioner to safely support you.

Labor Pain - Ways to Cope With Labor
What you, your partner or your doula can do to help you ease your pain and make labor faster and more comfortable.

5 Ways to Cope with Pregnancy Insomnia
There are some ways to treat insomnia and pregnancy that don't involve drugs. Have you tried these five handy tricks to combat pregnancy insomnia?

Make your cesarean birth special
Having a cesarean birth doesn't mean that you have to give up all of the control or your desires for the birth of your baby. Here are some things to consider for your upcoming birth.

5 Ways to Lower the Likelihood of a Cesarean Section
As the cesarean rate rises you may wonder what control you have over how you give birth. While not all cesareans can be avoided, many can. You do have the ability to influence whether or not you give birth vaginally or by cesarean.

WaterWipes
Water Wipes are chemical free baby wipes for sensitive skin. Here's our review of these natural minded diaper wipes.

Differences Between Walking Epidurals and Regular Epidurals
All epidurals aren't alike, learn about the latest in labor pain relief - the walking epidural.

Walking Epidurals
All epidurals aren't alike, learn about the latest in labor pain relief. Page 2.

O+12 Method for Having a Girl
If you are trying to get pregnant with a baby girl, the O+12 method might be just what you're looking for with a simple method you can try at home.

Nuchal Fold Testing for Down Syndrome
Nuchal fold testing can be used early in pregnancy to help assess your risk for carrying a baby with Down Syndrome via a simple ultrasound.

Vanishing Twin Syndrome (VTS)
Vanishing twin syndrome (VTS) is used to describe the phenomena of a twin that is seen in one ultrasound and not the next. It is something hard to track and only recently really studied as a type of pregnancy loss.

Vaping, Electronic Cigarettes, and Pregnancy
While it's known that pregnancy and smoking is harmful, very few women know the effects of vaping or e-cigarettes.

VBAC Scoring
Will a scoring system help you figure out if your VBAC plans will be successful.

Can I have a vaginal birth with fibroids?
Fibroids can grow inside the uterus and effect fertility and your pregnancy. The good news is that they are rarely problematic.

Using Ovulation for Selecting the Sex of Your Baby
Can you use ovulation to help decide if you're going to have a girl or a boy? Here are some theories and facts around this tool.

Nipple Stimulation for Natural Labor Induction
Does nipple stimulation act as a natural induction of labor?

Using an Exercise Ball for Labor
What can a simple plastic ball do to help ease discomforts of pregnancy and birth? Find out how an exercise ball can help you!

Newborn Eye Ointment at Birth
Newborns receive eye medication at birth. What is the thought behind this process? Learn more about why this procedure is administered to newborns.

7 Ways to Use a Tennis Ball for Labor Massage
Looking for multiple uses for the oldest labor support tool in the bag? A tennis ball for labor massage!

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Want a baby photo? - Newborn Photo Gallery - Pictures of Babies
Pictures of babies from birth onward, including vernix, fetal monitoring bruising, forceps marks, birth marks and more.

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Unexpected Negative Pregnancy Tests
If you've ever had a negative pregnancy test, you know the questions that follow. Here are some answers about how to handle the negative result.

Unassisted Birth
Learn more about the movement to give birth without any medical or midwifery care.

Ultrasound Testing
Ultrasound testing is a fairly routine prenatal test these days. Though it does have specific uses in pregnancy like checking for an ectopic pregnancy or helping you find your due date.

Myths on How Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Change Breasts
You hear all the myths or breasts, breast changes in pregnancy and breastfeeding, now read the facts.

Ubi - Baby Changing Table
A unique look at a baby changing table for stylish design and delight.

Transvaginal Ultrasound While Pregnant: Why It's Needed
A transvaginal ultrasound is a special test used in early pregnancy to detect problems. Find out what the procedure entails and how best to prepare.

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3rd Trimester Ultrasound Photos and Pictures
3rd Trimester Ultrasound Photos and Pictures - baby's health and positioning are two big reasons for ultrasounds in the third trimester.

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Twin, Triplet and other Multiple Pregnancy Ultrasound Photo Gallery
Here is a place to see multiple ultrasound including 3D ultrasounds of twins, triplets and other babies during pregnancy.

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13 Weeks Pregnant | Second Trimester | Ultrasound Gallery
The 13th week of pregnancy can produce some great ultrasound photos.

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Mother-In-Law Not Invited to Birthing (How to Tell Her)
So, your mother-in-law has invited herself to your birth. What do you do now?

What You Need To Know About Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic, or tubal, pregnancy is the number one cause of death of women in the first trimester of pregnancy. Learn more about its symptoms and treatment.

How to Handle Morning Sickness at Work, Gracefully
It's called morning sickness, but it can strike at any point during the day. Nausea and vomiting can be a real problem when mom's at work.

What Can I Expect From Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is one of the most unpleasant, and common, symptoms of early pregnancy. Learn more about when it happens, how it feels, and how to deal with it.

Trichomoniasis and Pregnancy
A fact sheet on Trichomoniasis and pregnancy, including treatment, prevention and more.

The Whole Family Photo
Consider a whole family photo with your pregnant belly.

Painted Belly Photos
Have you considered taking photos of your painted belly? Here is one such idea.

Comparison Belly Photos
The beer versus baby belly is a cute pregnancy photo.

Disappearing Pregnant Feet
Take a photo of your feet from your belly angle, before they disappear in pregnancy.

Take a Photo with Your Older Kids and Your Belly
A photo of a pregnant woman and her older child is a must have photo.

Why It's Important to Take Photos in Pregnancy
Here are some of the must have photos you'll want to take while you're pregnant.

Turning Off the Epidural for Pushing
Does turning off an epidural for pushing reduce the risk of complications?

I Missed My Period - Am I Pregnant?
A missed period is one of the many reasons one might suspect a pregnancy. Find out the various reasons why you would have missed your period.

Preterm Labor Treatment
Preterm labor is something that happens to some women in pregnancy. There are treatments to try to delay the birth or stop it. Which medications and treatments might you be offered?

What Is a Transverse Lie? - Definition
Transverse lie is a type of fetal position. Position is determined by physical exam or by ultrasound in pregnancy, usually closer to the end.

Choose Your Baby's Gender with MicroSort®
MicroSort® is a gender selection process that starts by sorting the sperm sample. Find out how it works and how often it's succeessful.

Modern Baby Names
A look at how modern baby names have developed from the cradle to the birth certificate.

Menstrual Cycle Basics
Your period holds many keys to getting pregnant, contrary to popular belief.

Mermaid Maternity Rash Guard
Looking for a great rash guard to use during pregnancy? The Mermaid Maternity Rash Guard might be just for you!

Top 5 Labor and Birth Fears
We're all worried about a lot of things when it comes to giving birth. While some of these may be personal fears, there are some common threads of what worries women when giving birth. Do your fears make the list?

Mama Sherpas Review
A look at the film The Mama Sherpas, discussing midwifery care in the United States within the hospital setting.

Mama Strut Review for Postpartum Relief
Looking for some pain relief after you give birth? The mother may have a lot of needs and the Mama Strut can help.

Top Pregnancy Workout Videos and DVDs
It's hard enough finding the time to work out, but videos offer a great solution. Here are some of my favorites to keep you healthy in pregnancy.

Top Pregnancy Pins
If you love Pinterest you'll love these pregnancy pins. They are from the beginning of pregnancy to the bitter end.

Five Gifts Picks for the Mother-To-Be
Mother's Day is a celebration of motherhood, and that includes the expectant mother. Though these gifts are also good for any day or baby showers.

Top 6 Breastfeeding Books - Nursing and Weaning
Breastfeeding may be natural but there are a lot of things that you still need to pay attention to and figure out like working and breastfeeding, how to choose the right breast pump and when and how to wean.

Top 1,000 Baby Boy Names
Looking for popular names for you baby boy? Here is what was popular in 2014.

Top 1000 Baby Girl Names
Looking for a popular name for your baby girl? Here is what the birth certificate data for 2014 revealed was popular.

Tips for How to Get Pregnant Faster
Getting pregnant faster is possible, if you have a good clue of what you're doing. Here are five easy ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Getting the Most out of an Epidural in Labor
Getting an epidural in labor can be a great form of pain relief. Here is how to get the most out of an epidural in labor.

Books and Products to Help Get Your Baby to Sleep
Baby sleeping well is something most parents really want and quickly. Books and products to help get your baby to sleep through the night.

Top 11 Baby Lotions and Baby Bath Products
Babies are so much fun to bathe and lotion. Here are some of my favorite products to bathe and rub on baby.

Top Baby Safety Products
Baby safety starts early. You can't wait until your child is crawling or walking to do it. Here are some products to make your home safer with ease.

13 Baby Name Books - Choosing a Name for Your Baby
Trying to find the perfect baby name? Look no further, these baby name books can help!

13 Baby Name Books - Choosing a Name for Your Baby
Trying to find the perfect baby name? Look no further, these baby name books can help!

Best Diapers for Newborns
Newborn babies go through about 8-12 diapers a day. You don't need leaks slowing you down, you need reliable diapers for your baby.

6 Tools for Naming Your Baby
Need some help in choosing a baby name? Here are some tools that are designed to help even the pickiest of parents.

10 Tips for the Hospital Ride in Labor
If you are planning to give birth in a hospital or birth center, you'll have to ride the car to the place of birth - you can do it painfully or more comfortably.

Morning Sickness Tips (From Moms Who've Been There)
Tips to ease morning sickness in pregnancy, from seasoned veterans.

Tips for Constipation During Pregnancy
Unfortunately constipation is a very common symptom of pregnancy. Here is advice on how to handle this nasty pregnancy symptom.

Oligohydramnios - Low Amniotic Fluid Volume
A look at how a diagnosis of low fluid volume is made in pregnancy and what it means for mom, baby, and labor.

Tips for Baby Proofing - How to Baby Proof Your Home
Baby proofing need not be a horrible process. Here are some tips to make baby proofing your home easier.

8 Times You Shouldn't Announce Your Pregnancy
There are plenty of good times to announce your pregnancy, here are a few to avoid.

5 Things You Might Feel During a Cesarean
If you are having a cesarean section you may not know what to expect. Most mothers think that they won't feel anything during the surgery, though this is not true.

6 Things You Can Do About Cravings in Pregnancy
Cravings in pregnancy are something that most women experience at one point or another. But how should you react to or treat cravings in pregnancy?

7 Things to Try Before Maternity Clothes
So just what do you do if you don't quite fit in your old clothes but aren't quite big enough for maternity clothes?

The Joys of Being Pregnant: 10 Things to Love About It
When your feet hurt and exhausted from not sleeping, it's easy to wonder what the joys of pregnancy are exactly — Here are 10 things to love about it.

5 Things to Bring to Your Prenatal Appointments
How do you prepare for a prenatal appointment? Here are some things you should plan to have handy the next time you go to visit your doctor or midwife.

7 Things to Consider for Your Birth Plan
So you're getting ready to have your baby and you need to give some thought what your ideal birth would look like and what preferences you do have.

5 Things to Ask Before an Induction of Labor
Induction of labor can be done for many reasons. Know what the options are and what's going on before you get induced.

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves About the End of Pregnancy
What do you tell yourself at the end or pregnancy to make it seem like postpartum is easier?

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves Postpartum
A humorous look at the life of a postpartum mom, as told using platitudes we tell new parents all the time.

10 Things Not to Say to an Overdue Pregnant Woman
Once your pregnancy hits 40 weeks, you're overdue. Not that all babies read calendars and a good majority of women will go past their due date, but that doesn't mean we want to hear about it. Here is some advice on what NOT to say to someone who is overdue.

6 Things No One Tells You About Maternity Clothes
Maternity clothes have changed so much in the past thirty or so years. That doesn't mean you have the full scope on making the most of your wardrobe.

How to Prevent Leg Cramps When You Are Pregnant
Leg cramps in your muscles are common during pregnancy. They may be caused by the weight you are carrying, circulation changes, or calcium deficiency.

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Third Trimester Belly Gallery - 3rd Trimester Pregnancy Photos
This is the photo gallery for the 3rd trimester. All of these moms are pregnant and in the third trimester when the pregnancy pictures were taken.

5 Things to Say to a Breastfeeding Mom
Words of support go a long way for breastfeeding mothers. What do you say to let them know they're doing a great job?

8 Things That Hurt Worse Than Childbirth
You've heard that labor hurts, right? Here's what some moms say hurts more than giving birth. Do you agree?

What's more painful than spontaneous labor?
Some of these things that are more painful than spontaneous labor, have you experienced any of these? Do you find them more painful than labor?

Lansinoh Breastfeeding Cream Review
Lansinoh is the old reliable in nipple creams. Here's my take on it.

Labor and Birth with Twins
How giving birth to multiple babies differs from singleton births.

Labor Delivery Recovery and Postpartum Room
An Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Room (LDRP) is one where you enter and use your entire stay at the hospital or birth center.

The Risks of Birth by Cesarean Section
A cesarean section or c-section carries risks to both the mother and baby. The risks and benefits of the procedure need to be considered and weighed.

The Worst Baby Shower Games
Baby shower games can be hilariously fun, or horrific all together. Here are some of my favorite baby showers games for the title of - The Worst Baby Shower Game.

Can the Shettles Method Help You Choose a Girl or Boy?
Learn about the Shettles Method of sex selection. Does it actually help you choose the sex of your baby? Here are the basics of the method and the science surrounding it.

Cesarean Section
Cesarean section is about a third of the total births in the United States. Many argue that this number is too high. Though there are certainly reason that it is needed. Read what you need to know about this potentially life saving surgery.

Breaking Your Water (Amniotomy)
Breaking your water is used as an induction of labor method or as a way to speed up your labor. Learn the risks and benefits.

External Fetal Monitoring - Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM)
Electronic fetal monitoring is used to watch the baby during labor. It can be done intermittently or continuously.

Internal Fetal Monitoring (IFM) - Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Internal fetal monitoring can be a real life saver when external monitoring is inaccurate. It is often used in inductions and with the internal uterine pressure catheter.

Intrauterine Pressure Catheter (IUPC)
The intrauterine pressure catheter is used to monitor the amount of pressure in the uterus. It is used frequently in the induction of labor.

Forceps in Labor & Delivery
Forceps deliveries still occur. Learn about when they are needed and how they are performed.

Vacuum Extraction - Labor & Delivery
Vacuum extraction has replaced many forceps deliveries. Learn about this technique used to help bring a baby down into the birth canal to be born.

Epidural Anesthesia
Epidural anesthesia is the most popular form of anesthesia in childbirth. How is it done and is there anything you need to know before you say yes to the anesthesiologist.

IV Fluids in Labor
IV therapy in labor has benefits for some women and not so much for others. Learn when it is appropriate to use this intervention and why it's used.

Interventions for Labor and Delivery
Here is information on interventions for labor and delivery, including different practices and how to try to avoid them.

Labor Positioning with a Birth Ball
For a different position try leaning over the birth ball.

Labor Positioning with a Birth Ball
Here are some great labor positions to use with a birth ball, including just sitting on the ball.

The Mother Blessing: A Baby Shower Alternative
This baby shower alternative is catching on in popularity as more women wish to simply celebrate the joys of becoming a mother.

The Miracle Blanket
The Miracle Blanket is a swaddling blanket for babies who are newborn to four months of age. It claims to help babies sleep better as well as possess other benefits for your new baby.

Jelly Bean Glucose Test
Did you ever wonder if there was an alternative to the standard glucola drink? Try jelly beans!

The Incompetent Cervix
The basics of the incompetent cervix and what you can do about it to prolong your pregnancy and protect your baby.

Twin Miracles - Twin Homebirth
Finding out we we pregnant with twins wasn't exactly what I would have expected, but the pregnancy was a roller coaster.