Everything you need to know during pregnancy including: comfort, exercise, prenatal care, loss and more.

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First Trimester Checklist: What To Do in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

By Christie Collbran | August 31, 2021

The first trimester is exciting! Congratulations, you’re pregnant! And now your mind is probably swirling as you think of all the things you need to do. For this reason, we’ve prepared a first trimester checklist to help you get through your first twelve weeks of pregnancy. 1. Remove stress from your life.  Yes, this is…

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My Surprise Breech Baby and Tips

By Christie Collbran | April 29, 2021

My first baby was breech and was born via an emergency c-section. We only discovered he was breech when I was well into labor, which is pretty unusual. “I think we need to head to the birth center,” I told my husband. At 37 ½ weeks pregnant, I had gotten up in the middle of…

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Adventures in Morning Sickness

By Christie Collbran | November 23, 2020

Morning Sickness. If that isn’t a misnomer, I don’t know what is. Morning Sickness, or as I like to call it, All Day Sickness, should really just be labelled pregnancy nausea and vomiting. A lot of pregnant folks experience it and there are various different degrees of severity. It can happen in the morning, or…

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When Will My Period Return after Pregnancy?

By Amy Lewis | July 31, 2019

Lovely bonus of pregnancy? No periods! Unfortunately, at some point postpartum, your period will return. But when? Breastfeeding suppresses menstruation at least for a while. For some mothers, there may be an absence of menstruation for weeks, months, and even years while still breastfeeding. Some mothers will even need to completely wean before they see…

5 Things a Women’s Health Physical Therapist Can Help With

By Buddha Belly Doulas | May 14, 2019

We recently met with Christina Noonan, a local Tampa Physical Therapist who focuses on women’s health. We learned all about the services she provides and are happy to share more information here in our latest guest blog post: As we all know, having a baby is not an easy task. It is also not easy…

Pregnancy Diabetes: What Is Gestational Diabetes?

By Amy Lewis | January 31, 2019

What is Pregnancy Diabetes / Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)? According to Stanford Children’s Health, pregnancy diabetes, gestational diabetes mellitus or GDM, is “a condition in which a hormone made by the placenta prevents the body from using insulin effectively. Unlike type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes is not caused by a lack of insulin, but by other hormones…

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

Three Babies – Pregnancy Infant Loss Awareness Month

By Christie Collbran | October 8, 2018

I’ve loved this song, Three Babies, by Sinéad O’Connor since I was a teenager. I know every word to the entire album if I’m being honest. In addition to her beautiful voice, the emotion in this song is unbelievably raw and captivating. Each person may find different meaning in the lyrics. Since October is Pregnancy…

Why Does My Belly Hurt So Much?

Ack! Why Does My Belly Hurt So Much?

By Amy Lewis | February 8, 2018

Many pregnant women suffer from a specific discomfort during pregnancy caused by the round ligament. This pain is usually felt low on the front of their abdomen, near the pubic bone, and may continue towards their groin. It may be felt on one side or both. The round ligament connects the uterus to the groin,…

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There Isn’t An App For That

By Amy Lewis | December 13, 2017

Smartphones have brought a great deal of convenience and access to information into our lives. Who doesn’t always have theirs with them, in very close proximity? It’s so handy to look up random bits of info, like how many cups are in a pint, Google the name of that actor or settle a bet with…

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Six Steps to Prepare Older Siblings for New Baby

By Amy Lewis | April 28, 2017

Are you adding a new baby to your sweet little family? Preparing older siblings for the arrival of the new baby can be fun and joyful but it does require some preparation. Here are our tips to prepare your older siblings to life with a newborn. 1. Give older siblings some time and grace. Change is…

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Babymoon: One Last Hurrah before Baby

By Amy Lewis | January 15, 2017

I sat on Caspersen Beach, just south of Venice Beach, Florida, in a beach chair, my toes slowly curling and uncurling through the sand, under a tropically-hued umbrella, leisurely reading one of the installments in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series. Perhaps I easily return to this blissful day, seven years ago, because it…

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I Was Scared to Give Birth

By Amy Lewis | December 8, 2016

Second pregnancies go so fast. Between keeping up with my toddler, Annie, a career and busy family life, before I knew it, I was eight months pregnant. At first, I felt sad that I hadn’t had a moment to be “present” mentally while growing this new baby. Then one day, I was driving home from…