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The Skinny on Pregorexia

By Molly Mann, DivineCaroline For svelte celebs like Nicole Kidman, pregnancy seems like no excuse to give up a sleek bod. Even those who do gain a few necessary pounds to support the new life inside them appear ashamed of it. How many stories do we read about how quickly...

Recipes From Julie: Lemon Miso Marinated Salmon

LEMON MISO MARINATED SALMON Serves 2 Ingredients: DRESSING/MARINADE: 4 T. chickpea or white miso paste 2 T. grated fresh ginger ¼ c. lemon juice 2 T. sesame oil ½ c. water Blend together in blender or Magic Bullet and refrigerate.  You can also use this as a marinade for...

Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowels. Kegel exercises also help strengthen vaginal muscles. What are the benefits of Kegel Exercises? Pregnant women who perform Kegel exercises often find they have an easier birth. Strengthening these muscles during pregnancy...

The freak-factor of secondary infertility

Not long after my daughter was born, I met two ladies in my neighborhood for coffee. All three of us had just delivered baby girls, but I was the only first-time Mommy in the group. My husband had taken two-weeks of paternity leave but once that ended, I was home...

Sunscreens: Safest and Most Effective

How do we know which sunscreens work the best and are the safest?  Whose guidance should we abide by? Doctors, dermatologists, cosmetologists, sunscreen companies, consumer watch dog groups? There is much controversy as to which sunscreens are the safest and most effective.  What is the difference between nano and...

The Baby Barrage: Why are More Infants Born in the Summer?

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline Why does it seem like every year, as soon as the weather begins to warm up, women start having babies all over the place? Along with blooming flowers and lengthening days, it always feels like warm weather brings on the babies. When I was in grade...

Who Carried You, Anyway?

By Contemplations of an Army Wife, DivineCaroline Dada. Yeah. You heard me. That was my son's first word. The big one. The one that everyone asks about, and the one that's inevitably followed by the "awwww" sound when you answer. Dada. I'm capitalizing it because he most certainly knows that it means something. These aren't...

Recipes from Julie: Healthy Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad 2 ½ cups chopped apple - Fuji and Gala are especially good 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese chunks 1 cup red grapes 1 cup diced celery ½ cup walnut pieces ½ cup raisins 1/3 cup canola mayo 1 T. fresh lemon juice   Toss all ingredients in a...

The Clumsy Mommy

I'd never spent much time around babies before my daughter was born. I was not one of those responsible teens who babysat in the neighborhood and since I was the baby in my family, I never had younger siblings following me around. So I wasn't surprised to find I...

Tips for Finding a Maternity Photographer

The average pregnancy photo shoot should happens 6 to 8 weeks from your due date, so there's almost no room for error if you don't like the finished result or the photographer makes a mistake.  Here are five tips from award-winning pregnancy photographer Jennifer Loomis (www.jenniferloomis.com) on how to make...