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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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Group B Strep Treatment: What to Do If You Test Positive for GBS

When you’re in the home stretch, an unexpected diagnosis can throw you for a loop. But since 1 in 4 healthy women are colonized with Group B Strep, a GBS diagnosis is a very real possibility for many pregnant women. So what happens if you test positive? Read on to learn all about Group B […]

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Group B Strep: What Is It? And How Does It Affect Your Pregnancy?

Many things can take you by surprise during pregnancy… those weird early signs of pregnancy, bizarre dreams, and “pregnancy brain,” to name a few. But one big surprise that is no fun is a positive Group B Strep (GBS) result during pregnancy. In this post we’ll discuss: What is Group B Strep? How do doctors test for […]

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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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Cheese During Pregnancy: What’s Safe and What’s Not?

Natural mamas know what they eat during pregnancy matters and pay careful attention to their pregnancy diet, avoiding unsafe seafood and abstaining from alcohol. But what about cheese during pregnancy? If you’re confused about what is and isn’t okay, let’s cover: The big deal about cheese during pregnancy Why pasteurization matters Safe cheese during pregnancy […]

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Pregnancy Wheel: What Is It? And Do You Need One?

Doctor’s offices are usually pretty high-tech places. Ultrasound machines, blood pressure machines on wheels… it seems like everything is digital these days. So it’s a surprise to see an old-school paper tool like the pregnancy wheel. You might wonder: What’s that for? Let’s break it all down, including: What is a pregnancy wheel? Where to buy a pregnancy […]

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipes You’ll Actually Want to Drink

Red raspberry leaf tea is said to be a magical elixir that helps make natural childbirth easier. It’s been proven to make labor faster and reduce complications, but getting the recommended two cups per day ain’t easy—unless you have the right red raspberry leaf tea recipes at your disposal. The Best Red Raspberry Leaf Tea […]

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Normal Fetal Heart Rate: Is Your Baby on Track?

There is nothing quite like hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the very first time — it’s one of those moments that brings you to tears! But once that tender moment passes and your midwife or doctor announces the heart rate, you may be thinking “is that a normal fetal heart rate?” To put your mind […]

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When Will My Baby Be Born? How Accurate Is Your Due Date?

Maybe you’re already a week past your due date and thinking about natural induction methods. Or maybe you’re just starting your pregnancy journey, and you’re wondering when you’ll meet your baby face to face. There’s always that burning question: When will my baby be born? While we can’t zero in on a precise answer—sorry!—we can […]

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Pregnancy: Keeping the Romance Alive

Between the afternoon naps, the breakfast throw ups and the tender breasts, you may not be feeling your best right now. You may find that your reduced energy levels mean you can just about make it through the day, before collapsing on the sofa unable to move again for a good 12 hours. While your […]

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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 […]

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Braxton Hicks Contractions – How to Know What’s Good | Mother Rising

During a first pregnancy, Braxton Hicks contractions may seem as elusive as Bigfoot, but especially for those who’ve had a baby before, they can sometimes be like an unwanted guest that just. won’t. go. home.  What are Braxton Hicks contractions?  When do Braxton Hicks start?  How can parents tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and […]

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