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The Benefits Of Meditation During Pregnancy

I’ll never forget the day I found out I was pregnant. I was filled with a roller coaster of emotions from excitement to fear, to love and anxiety, to a sense of comfort and a waterfall of uncertainty. As my emotions went up and down, all I could think about was getting to see my …

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Letter To My Pregnant Self

Dear Pregnant Self, Hey girl. Look, you know I am not one for the cheesy stuff — I’m not a very romantic person. I don’t like Hallmark cards. I don’t even like Valentine’s Day. So you know that I’m not prone to overstatement when I say this: You are about to meet the love of …

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Birth Story: Lexi

Most women will say that they had a great pregnancy and that their delivery was wonderful. Well I did not enjoy pregnancy. For me, it was one of the roughest things I’ve ever experienced and I had a delivery to match. During the end of my pregnancy, I developed an unknown virus which prompted me …

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Dear Pre-Mom Self: It’s Time To Let You Go

Let me just get this out of the way first, I love being a mother. When people say they never knew what true love was until they became a parent, they aren’t exaggerating. It’s the single best thing that has ever happened in my life. But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t …

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The Simple Practice That Might Change The World

Have you ever went to do a quick Google search that lead to hours of internet surfing? Well, I’ve been there more times than I’d typically admit, but looking back I’m filled with gratitude. Because during one of those search engine adventures, I found something that changed the course of my life forever… The infamous …

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Shame on Sharing

I was the third person to know my best friend was pregnant. First was her husband. Second was her yoga teacher in response to, “is anyone pregnant?” [in the class]. Then the following day after eating brunch, she said, “I can’t keep this in, I’m pregnant.” After the initial excitement of the news subsided, I …

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My Natural-to-Me Childbirth

During my pregnancy I read a lot of books on natural childbirth. I watched many videos of women giving birth in tranquil settings – appearing to be in ecstasy – their babies sliding right out of them. For my daughter’s birth I dreamed of a version of this, but I knew I wanted to give …

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Struggling With Pregnancy or Parenthood? Watch This.

In the beginning of 2016, my parents and I began a family tradition… a recorded weekly Skype call in which we all ask one another a meaningful question that we all answer. On one such call, my parents riffed on what life might have been like without me. It’s hard to tell by watching the …

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