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How To Mentally Prepare for a C-Section and Recovery

Mentally preparing for your birth experience can seem daunting at first, especially in the event of a Cesarean. It’s major surgery, after all—a surgery that is often stigmatized unfairly. But while many have trouble maintaining calm before a C-section, or finding peace afterward, there are definite, science-backed ways to do so.  Part of Expectful’s mission …

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7 Ways To Reduce Anxiety While Expecting A Rainbow Baby After Loss

When I first found out I was pregnant with my rainbow baby, anxiety immediately washed over me. I’d lost my daughter just months prior. She came unexpectedly at 22 weeks, lived for a few hours, then passed away. My grief was still fresh, to say the least. Once I saw the positive test, I had …

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Prenatal Vitamins for the Mind

“I’m prescribing you this pamphlet.” My doctor smiled as he handed me a list of all the foods I could and couldn’t eat. Alongside these restrictions came the different kinds of exercises I was allowed to do, and everything else under the sun to ensure I’d have to change in order to have a healthy …

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Stress and Fertility: Professor Greg Anderson Gives Us The Lowdown

We’ve heard it a million times before, from well-intentioned friends and family members to complete strangers on the internet: stress isn’t great when trying to conceive. We get it. Stress is a big no no. But also, kind of unavoidable right now (hello, pandemic). So how much of this is myth or fact?  Luckily for …

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My Journey to Expectful

My journey to Expectful started when I was pregnant with my son, Everett. After sailing through my first trimester, I was told at my 20-week ultrasound that I was high-risk for preterm labor and that if I wasn’t careful, my baby could be born at any time. After leaving that appointment and for the rest …

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Learning to Trust my Body During Pregnancy

Have you ever felt feelings of despair and loneliness?  If yes, I can relate.  Before getting pregnant with my daughter Nyla, I expected my pregnancy to be easy: a time of joy and excitement. But my experience wasn’t that straight-forward. Towards the end of my second trimester, doctors were concerned that my baby wasn’t growing …

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Papas-to-Be: Preparing for A Newborn 

In this turbulent era, life can feel overwhelming. At Expectful, we do our best to support users in tough moments and celebrate them in happy ones. Luckily, June brings us two such reasons to celebrate— Father’s Day and Pride Month!  This Father’s Day, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with two fathers-to- be: …

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Birth Equity Resource Center – Fertility, Pregnancy, & Parenthood

As a company, it is our mission to bring calm and confidence into the world, from the moment that life begins. Yet in this world, it is all too evident that the lives of Black, Indigenous, and people of color are not treated with equal reverence and respect. That many people are denied their fundamental …

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