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How Far Apart Should Contractions Be Before Going to the Hospital?

When planning for their hospital birth, many parents want to know how far apart should contractions be before going to the hospital.  Dads want to know so they don’t accidentally have a car baby 🙂 and moms want to make sure to get to the hospital in time for an epidural.  (Care providers want everyone healthy […]

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Cramps During Pregnancy: What’s Normal? And What’s Not?

Nothing will send you to Dr. Google faster than cramps during pregnancy, especially during early pregnancy. Fortunately, cramping during pregnancy is usually perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. In this article, we’ll discuss the answers to the following questions, and much more: Is cramping normal during pregnancy? What causes cramps during pregnancy? Natural remedies […]

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Hospital Bag Checklist: Everything You’ll Need When Giving Birth

Natalia Deriabina / Getty Images Having a hospital bag checklist ready to go is totally necessary. When I had my first child, deciding what to pack in my bag wasn’t nearly so straightforward. I could read online reviews for products, but I never did find the definitive packing list I wanted. So I’m writing one […]

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The Best of Mother Rising, 2018 Edition | Mother Rising

Wow, 2018 is almost over!  Didn’t it just begin?  For some of you this year began with dreams of becoming pregnant and now the reality of motherhood is knocking at your front door.  For many of us, this year came bundled with joy, sorrow, laughter, suffering, adventures, personal growth, but hopefully above all, a whole […]

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5 Crazy Ideas Guys Have About Pregnancy

Rawpixel / Getty Images I write this post with the potential of alienating a certain number of you guys who may have had these same crazy thoughts when it comes to pregnancy. Sorry to call you out on this one but at least I’m not naming names.   1. Pregnancy doesn’t affect you, it’s her […]

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What it Feels Like to Have a C-Section, According to Moms Who Have Been Through It

Becon / Getty Images I knew years before I ever got pregnant that I’d need to have a Caesarean Section to deliver my babies. When I was 16, I sustained pelvic floor nerve damage during a very serious car accident. Years of surgeries and pain and physical therapy followed, and doctors decided that a vaginal birth in the future […]

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What Your Pregnancy Dreams Really Mean, According to an Expert

Westend61 / Getty Images When I was pregnant with my boys, I’d dream about leaving them somewhere random: in the cart at the store, buckled into the car seat, and, in a particularly bizarre twist, at the gym in the locker room. (Now that my boys are older, I’m happy to report that I never left either of […]

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The ABCs of the Third Trimester (Funny Printable Pregnancy Affirmations!) | Mother Rising

The third trimester can be one of the most challenging times in a woman’s life.  She is swollen, not sleeping well, busting out of her maternity clothes, and may even be experiencing a lot of heartburn.  At some point the dread of giving birth is far outweighed by the need to “get the baby out“… […]

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Padsicles – Wonderful for Postpartum Healing and Soothing Pain | Mother Rising

Padsicles are frozen postpartum pads soaked with healing ingredients that are used for pain relief and to promote healing after childbirth.  Some women experience no tearing or trauma during birth, but for those that do, they are a lifesaver.  Padsicles are helpful for recovery from swelling, bruising, hemorrhoids, lacerations, stitches, and episiotomies. If you’ve come […]

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Stop! Perineal Massage Is Not What You Think! | Mother Rising

Perineal massage is a technique done during the last few weeks of pregnancy and the pushing stage of labor, all with the aim of preventing tearing during birth. But does perineal massage prevent tearing at birth?  Do women need to massage their own perineums during the final weeks of pregnancy?  Should women consent to this technique […]

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15 Signs That It’s Time to Fire Your OB, Now! | Mother Rising

OBs play very influential roles in women’s lives during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.  Having the right or wrong person at your birth can make or break your vagina.  Literally.  Unfortunately, sometimes the doctor or midwife a woman chooses in the first trimester turns out not to be such a great fit as pregnancy progresses.  But […]