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Cakes for a Butterfly Themed Baby Shower

Because they emerge from a cocoon, butterflies symbolize new life. That makes a butterfly baby shower cake an excellent and very appropriate centerpiece and theme for a shower celebrating your friend's or relative's pregnancy. These chocolate-orange flavored baby shower cakes are topped with green kiwi slices and strips of black licorice to give them a butterfly-topped appearance....(more)

Creative Baby Shower Ideas for Mothers Expecting Twins

Baby showers for single babies are easy to plan, but what do you do when you throw baby showers for twins? In addition to finding a fun and creative theme, you must also find items the mother-to-be needs to care for two babies. Combining a fun "two-fer" theme with practical gifts to provide the new mom with the items she needs makes for a shower she is sure to remember....(more)

Creative Ideas for Announcing Your Pregnancy on Valentine's Day

It's fun to think up creative ways of announcing your pregnancy to your partner, your family or your friends. Valentine's pregnancy announcements are extra-special. If you're looking for a way to combine these two big days, here are some ideas to get you started....(more)

Guide to a Fashionable Winter Pregnancy

The former Kate Middleton has shown how to wear a maternity winter coat with grace and style. Now, every woman realizes that pregnancy and winters can go together fashionably, and wants to imitate the Duchess's flawless style. Unless you have a royalty clothing budget, you need to be smart when buying your winter maternity wear. Here are some pointers that will help you shop for fashionable maternity winter coats without hurting your budget....(more)

Fitness

Top Ten Reasons To Exercise During Pregnancy

There is no better time in your life to get your body moving with a little exercise than during your pregnancy. With some modifications, you can, and should, maintain a regular exercise schedule. Here are some reasons why:...(more)

Exercise Routines for Post Partum Weight Loss

Committing to a post partum exercise routine is difficult -- taking care of a newborn child is practically exercise enough! However, if you want to drop the pounds you gained during pregnancy swiftly, a post partum exercise routine is the way to go. Here's some low impact, low stress ideas for exercise routines as a new mom....(more)

Exercise Classes Help Make Pregnancy Easier

Even if you are not an avid exerciser, exercising during your pregnancy has many benefits. Exercise during your pregnancy helps keep your body more limber and better able to deal with aches and pains. It increases your energy and also tires you out so you can sleep better. Exercise also helps reduce your risk of disorders like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Increasing or maintaining your fitness during your pregnancy will also help make your delivery easier. If you do not have an exercise regime or are not sure how to modify your current program, you might want to look into pregnancy exercise classes or take regular exercise classes with an instructor who can help with modifications during the different stages of your pregnancy....(more)

Complications

Placenta Problems: The Retained Placenta

Once your baby is born, you may think all the work is over. However, the last stage of birth involves delivering the placenta. While this usually happens easily, it can take longer than normal, potentially causing more problems....(more)

Understanding Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is one of the most common and most serious complications of pregnancy, but having a basic understanding of preeclampsia can help to minimize its severity....(more)

Understanding Placenta Previa

You've just gotten the news that you've got a condition called placenta previa. Read on to learn more about what exactly this means, how it may affect your birth, and things to look for during pregnancy....(more)

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Liz Abbene

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Liz is a certified birth doula with DONA (Doulas of North America), a Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator, a certified breastfeeding counselor and lactation educator counselor, and a certified DONA birth doula trainer. Her passion for birth began as a young child, inspired by the work her mother did as a labor... Read More

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