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My Heart Wept for Years, But My Soul Stayed Strong — Never Give Up

As a teenager I was in the best shape of my life. I played soccer and could run for long periods of time. Well, most of the time. There would be a random day where I would be in the top five after the first mile of our run and come in dead last for the second mile. Or I would climb a flight of stair

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Sleeping while pregnant

When I became pregnant, I was tired all the time. I remember those early days fondly. I had no toddler running around, no real responsibilities, and I was newly pregnant, so everyone understood if I didn’t want to go somewhere, but instead wanted to stay home to sleep. Oh, those were the days.&nbs

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Six ideas to entertain AND educate my six-year-olds

As a working mom of six-year old twin girls, planning for summer brings on feelings of excitement, ideas for magical memories and to be honest, plenty of anxiety. How will I keep them busy, connect with them and get my work finished? Below is a list of ideas to keep kids entertained and engaged with

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Ode to Dr. Rhodes

Being new to the clinic, I asked the best person I could think of for a referral on OB/GYNs ─ the receptionist. She rattled off some brief thoughts until she got to Dr. Rhodes. She described his internal medicine background, but what stood out for me was her comment that his appointments generally d

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Twins

When my husband and I got married, there was an informal agreement that we would have between two and four kids. I came from a family of four, which I always thought was a large family, but my husband is the youngest of seven. I almost couldn’t imagine a family that size, although, I quickly

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What's Your Title?

Woman, mother, daughter, caregiver. We all carry titles. From a young age I knew another one for me would be working parent. This vision was likely fueled by my competitiveness with male academic peers, which began with spelling and math tests in first grade. Maybe also shaped by my childhood exper

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Pregnancy with PCOS

I never had a burning desire to be a mother... I always thought I would probably have children, but only really thought about that in theory. In fact, a lot of things about motherhood scared me, th

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Life ─ All According to Plan

Annika, Sofia, Bjorn… from the age of 5, I was planning my future. My plan included the names of my children, which were most often cute Swedish names, how many children I’d have, and the fact that I was going to be a midwife or doctor.  Inspired by Anne, the midwife who had helpe

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Want to eat healthier, but concerned about the high cost? Get the lowdown on shopping smarter. Your grocery budget doesn’t have to stand between you and your health. Here are some shopping tips: Write it out Make a grocery list before hitting the store. Once there, stick to your list! You&rs

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Get accurate information about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options... What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition characterized by an imbalance of hormones, which can cause p

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Make Meals for the Entire Week

Coming up with meals everyday can be mentally taxing for parents.  Out this tip as a times saver – cook up a bunch of food and then spread it throughout the week. 1. Buy a large packet of chicken breast or chicken thighs, usually there’s 12-14 breasts/thighs, you can also use tofu/paneer as well.  I

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A NICU Journey

Caitlyn, Registered Nurse BSN As a nurse, I thought I was prepared to officially become a mom with my first child. Little did I know, my water would break as my baby was growing inside of me. I was 24 weeks pregnant and it was classified as a premature rupture of membranes. In other words, my wate

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Is it More Than Baby Blues?

You’re expecting a new baby! Everyone is excited, and you can’t wait to bring the little bundle of joy home. But some women felt nervous, anxious or even scared when they get the baby home.  I remember not wanting to leave the hospital because I was afraid I wouldn’t put my s

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Healthy Pregnancy: Tips on Working Out for Two

Being physically active has tremendous health benefits for pregnant women. Exercising may help. Learn more here.

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects close to 6 percent of pregnant women. It can usually be controlled by smart eating and regular exercise. Learn about the condition and how you can keep you and your baby healthy.

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Healthy Pregnancy: Tips on Working Out for Two

Being physically active has tremendous health benefits for pregnant women. Exercising may help. Learn more here.

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IVF Story

Our journey to have a baby started in 2012. It began nonchalantly: we decided that we were ready to bring a child into the world and support them with all the love that we could muster. So we excitedly stopped the birth control pills and started talking about baby names and cute outfits. After a yea

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What I Wish I Knew Before Baby

From the moment you find out you’re pregnant, all of your attention and focus immediately turns to the baby you’re carrying. I remember that feeling of excitement wondering who the little one inside of me was going to be. All I could think about was the day I would get to hold and finall

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A Long Pregnancy and Adoption Journey

I’ve never been pregnant.  I don’t have any children, but I hope to someday.  I’m in a same-sex relationship, and pregnancy is a more challenging path.  We’ve been on our journey for many years now.  My wife always wanted to be pregnant. I haven’t wa

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects close to 6  percent of pregnant women. It can usually be controlled by smart eating and regular exercise. Learn about the condition and how you can keep you and your baby healthy.

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