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The Bradley Method: An Overview

by Jane Wangersky June 18th, 2013| Pregnancy
Like Lamaze, the Bradley Method is one of the best-known systems for natural childbirth. The standout feature of Bradley is that it's "Husband Coached", with the baby's father actively guiding the mother through labor.

Dr. Robert Bradleybecame an obstetrician in 1947, when the typical hospital birth happened in what he

Things You Didn’t Know About Calcium and Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky June 6th, 2013| Pregnancy
If you think I'm about to lecture you on making sure you get extra calcium while you're pregnant -- relax. The strange fact is, the RDA of calcium for a pregnant woman is just the same as for a non-pregnant woman: 1000 milligrams a day if you're over 18,
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Lamaze: An Overview

by Jane Wangersky May 21st, 2013| Pregnancy
As noted earlier, Lamaze is probably the best-known name in childbirth education. It's gone from being simply the name of a French doctor who wrote a book on his observations of births in Russia, to a method of managing labor, to a "philosophy" as it's called today.

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Swimming During Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky May 7th, 2013| Pregnancy
Pregnant women are often advised to get some exercise by swimming. There are plenty of reasons to follow this advice -- once you find a swimsuit that'll fit you -- but there are also a few warnings you'll need to be aware of.

Swimming gives you a break from carrying

Lamaze, Bradley, and Alternatives

by Jane Wangersky April 25th, 2013| Pregnancy
Childbirth education is a fact of life for most mothers-to-be -- the only question is what form it will take. You may want to take the prenatal classes available at your hospital, or you may decide on a specific method (or "philosophy" in the case of Lamaze) and take

Fish and Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky April 11th, 2013| Pregnancy
Back in 2008, a Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology article said:

"Most pregnant women likely do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids because the major dietary source, seafood, is restricted to two servings a week. For pregnant women to obtain adequate omega-3 fatty acids, a variety of sources
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Post-Partum Dads

by Jane Wangersky March 28th, 2013| Pregnancy
New moms aren't the only parents whose bodies are going through transformations -- new dads can experience physical change, too, and not only due to lack of sleep. According to biologist Marlene Zuk, author of Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We
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Home Birthing Mothers and Their Helpers

by Jane Wangersky March 13th, 2013| Pregnancy
As I mentioned last time, I thought about home birth during my first pregnancy,but gave up the idea due to the technicality that it was then illegal. By the time my second baby was on the way, home births had the government's stamp of approval -- but I was
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Home Birth: Old and New

by Jane Wangersky February 27th, 2013| Pregnancy
Are home births a new trend for a small group, or a return to an ancient tradition? Well, both, really.

During my first pregnancy, people were surprised when I said I wanted a home birth. Then I'd say, "My grandmother had all her babies at home," and they'd often say,
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Safe Complementary Medicine in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky February 14th, 2013| Pregnancy
Though I didn't know it at the time, when I drank raspberry leaf tea before going to the hospital for my induced labor, I was using complementary medicine. (If I'd refused the induction and just relied on the raspberry tea, that would've been alternative medicine.) Of course, "complementary" suggests
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Raspberry Leaf in Pregnancy and Labor

by Jane Wangersky January 30th, 2013| Pregnancy
A few hours before my youngest child was born, I sent his older brother to the backyard to pick some leaves off the raspberry canes. Then I put a handful of leaves in a tea strainer, poured boiling water over them, let the whole thing sit for a few

Pregnancy, Weight Loss Surgery, Flu Shots, Etc.

by Jane Wangersky January 16th, 2013| Pregnancy
Pregnancy issues are in the news again, and as usual the news is mixed, good and bad. But it all adds up to more knowledge about having babies, and in the long run that's good for everyone.

British journalist Linda Geddes is angry that, during her