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The Benefits of Prenatal Massage

With the dramatic changes taking place in the woman's body during pregnancy, prenatal massage is often a much-welcomed therapy.  Massage embraces the body's transformation, helping to relax tense muscles, ease sore trouble spots, increase circulation and mobility, and provide energy.  According to the American Pregnancy Association, massage can also...

What Exactly is an Ultrasound or Sonogram?

Today I received a great question on Ask Tori, RN, about sonograms (ultrasound is the technique used to make the image) and whether or not they are harmful or have any effect on the unborn baby. Ultrasounds are considered to be a very safe method of providing valuable information during...

Win a $250 SpaFinder gift card!

Expecting the best when it comes to pregnancy should be second nature. With that in mind, Belly Friendly by Barefoot & Pregnant is conducting a survey designed to help increase the quality of services offered to expecting moms. We'd like to learn more about your spa experiences.  Please take a moment...

Who Should Consider Saving Their Baby's Cord Blood?

Cord Blood, A New Era in Medicine Bone marrow, peripheral blood and the umbilical cord blood constitute the three primary sources of stem cells. Umbilical cord blood, which until fairly recently, was discarded as medical waste, is a non-controversial and rich source of stem cells that are now being saved...

Five Things I Didn't Expect while Expecting

  As I enter my 6th month of pregnancy, I’ve realized that there have been quite a few surprises. Some of them have come completely out of blue, others I had heard stories of or read about, but all of them have taken me by surprise in one way or...

Recipes From Julie: Strawberry & Cream Roll Ups

*A great snack to make with kids after school! Ingredients:• 1 whole wheat wrap• 4 strawberries OR small handful of raisins• I ½ tablespoons low fat cream cheese• 4 teaspoons granola• Drizzle of honey Directions:Split the wrap into 4 equal long sections. Spoon cream cheese into middle of each section. Cut...

Baby Planners: The Experts on Everything Birth to Baby!

What can a Baby Planner do for you and your family?   Choosing to have a child is one of the most important decisions that any family can make, but the choices don't end there.  Expectant families are surrounded by hundreds of decisions.  From births to bottles, nurseries to...

What is Your Maternity Medical Coverage?

With all the talk of the new health care plan, I started thinking about the maternity medical coverage items you'll want to investigate with your insurance company. Does your plan cover prenatal and maternity care? Federal law requires that an employer with more than 15 employees offer such coverage....

Mocktails From Glow Mama: Kiss Me I'm Pregnant

Ingredients:  3 oz Glow Mama 3 oz lime juice  3 oz sparkling lemonade 2-3 drops natural green food coloring (optional Directions:  Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mix thoroughly (the stronger you shake the more like beer it will look).  Pour into a chilled beer glass and people will think you're celebrating St Patty's...

Anthropology of the Due Date

So much mysticism and mythology surrounds the pregnancy due date.  Much of the mysticism is held by physicians who hold on to the old ways of determining when a pregnant woman will deliver. Believe me, most physicians would love a way to determine the due date so we could plan our...