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Why You Might Want to Consider a Doula in Your Birth Plan

Ever searched on YouTube for water births videos?  About a month into my pregnancy, I did. I must have binge-watched thirty of the most gentle and touching labors on the internet. And I was completely awe-struck. The tenacity and soulfulness that these mothers brought to their labors was breathtaking. I had never seen anything like …

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Emotional Stress During Pregnancy & How to Make It Better

It was a seemingly average day during my second pregnancy. Everything was going well when I opened my email inbox to find a snarky email from a coworker. Typically I would have shaken it off and quickly bounced back to my happy-go-lucky self.  Unfortunately, at 37 weeks pregnant calm, cool, and collected was not my …

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My 12-Week Ultrasound: How I Tackled Anxiety Through Meditation

I remember every single doctor’s appointment clearly.  Perhaps it is because I spent three years shuffling from office to office- off and on tables, in and out of stirrups, undressed from the waist down, ready for the next test, the next scan.  It was during this shuffle, as I like to call it, that I …

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Your 12-Week Ultrasound: Everything You Need to Know

I had no idea what to expect when it came to my 12-week ultrasound.  Even though I was excited to finally see an image of my daughter, I was also terrified about the possibility of finding out something might be wrong with her.  So, on the day of the scan, I found myself sitting in …

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Expectful Moments Photo Contest

Meditation is the art of mastering the moment. And parenthood is a collection of moments— the sweet and bittersweet ones, the hard-won and heartfelt ones. That’s why we created Expectful. We empower you to live in the moment, whether it’s overcoming your challenges or savoring your euphoria. Expectful’s meditations encourage you to be present for …

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Everything You Need To Know About Prenatal Vitamins

When I became pregnant with my daughter Annabell, I didn’t know which prenatal vitamin to choose. So, I did what so many other pregnant women do, I went in for my initial doctor’s visit and asked my OBGYN to recommended one. Within seconds, they prescribed me an under the counter $60 bottle, and the next …

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Everything You Need To Know About Labor

I can still feel the anticipation of what labor would feel like. In the weeks leading up to giving birth to my daughter Annabell, I felt both excited and nervous as I drew closer to my due date. Each day, my mind would race about how and where labor would begin, what it would feel …

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Everything You Need To Know About Infant Sleep Training

I thought sleep training was going to be a nightmare. At 6 months postpartum, my husband and I made the decision to transition our daughter Annabell to the crib. Being new parents, we knew we had no idea how to sleep train but after months of sleep deprivation, we were desperate to try. Understandably, this …

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