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Product Review: Bravado Bras

About mid pregnancy, one of the first things that I noticed about my changing shape was that I could not comfortably wear my current bras. Suddenly, my body was a stranger to me. It was a bit of a bummer too, because just a month or two earlier, DH had splurged on some great Victoria Secret for me. *sigh* Enough of that. I spoke to my SisterL (the first source for all things pregnancy) and she suggested that I look into Bravado Bras and nothing else. I also spoke to my friend and at that time fairly new Mama Lindsey and she said the one thing she regretted was not purchasing quality nursing bras. So right then, mid pregnancy, I did the research and splurged on two fabulous Bravado Nursing Bras that I have worn through out my entire pregnancy and also my first almost three months of nursing mama-hood. . .

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Birth Story

Mine’s a little odd. My girl was due August 15th. On July 30th, I had a normal OB check up at 37 wks and 6 days. I was 5 1/2 cm dilated and had felt no contractions or anything, but we decided to go ahead and sent me across the hospital (attached to doctor’s office building by bridge). I got all settled and hooked up to a monitor. According to it, I was contracting every two minutes. I still felt nothing. They started Pitocin, which I was not happy about, but they were a little befuddled as to why I was not feeling anything. I stayed on the pitocin and monitor until 11 pm, when the OB came to break my water. By this time the monitor was finding contractions within a minute, but I still felt nothing, except maybe a little pressure on my back. It was about one. . .

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The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: a review

The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy by Robin Elise Weiss The comfort of knowing what is going on during pregnancy combined with advice that changes each week with an expectant mother’s body will warm the heart and well as calm the nerves. This fully illustrated pregnancy guide gives an expectant mothers week-by-week information on their body and the child’s physical development; and then explains what they should do at each week of pregnancy for an optimally healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby. A chapter is devoted to each week of pregnancy and covers everything readers need to know including, baby’s size, mother’s size, what’s normal in terms of physical symptoms and development, and what could indicate a potentially serious problem. Nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice, tips on treating common pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and sciatica, and pregnancy do’s. . .

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a review)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff This revised third edition of the popular pregnancy guide offers the authoritative yet reassuring advice that parents have come to rely on from all the titles in the What to Expect series. The book is arranged by month, from pregnancy test through labor and delivery. Each section offers answers to frequently asked questions, along with features such as “What You May Be Feeling” and “What You May Be Concerned About.” Every imaginable issue is addressed, including the small but nagging subjects that women may not want to discuss with their doctors, such as how their bodies will look at seven months, or why some pregnant women “glow” while others have acne. While readers who already own this book won’t have to rush to buy the new edition, the revised volume does offer a number of excellent expanded sections and illustrations, including. . .

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The Pregnancy Journal (a review)

The Pregnancy Journal, Revised Edition: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris Since its publication in 1996, this definitive journal for expectant families has sold over a million copies. Author A. Christine Harris brings a revised and thoroughly updated edition to today’s parents-to-be. Still featuring daily entries, a personalized timeline, and pregnancy glossary, the revised edition provides a clearer picture of the baby’s in-utero development and the latest advice about giving a growing baby every advantage prior to birth. My rating: 2 of 5 starsEarly on, when I first got a copy of this journal I was so excited about the idea of keeping a journal of notes and thoughts through out my entire pregnancy. Honestly, this specific journal was not the best choice for me. The places to actually “journal” are sporatic at best and usually at pages and sections when I just. . .

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Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be

Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be: Everything Dads Need to Know about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby by Glade B. Curtis My rating: 5 of 5 stars From my husband: Organization makes sense. Good chronologically, do not have to read all at once. Easy to read, not too much medical jargon. Explanations were in a understandable format. Wording in general was easy to read, not like a text book. Inserts of real life examples and humorous events keep the book interesting. Not just about the pregnant woman, but also things to think about when baby comes home. Useful information, that as a male, he did not know about. Good explanations about the female body to the male reader in what to expect. And generally how to know that your wife is not just crazy. Instructions and pointers it gives for possible situations were clearly laid out and. . .

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Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Announcing a fully revised and updated new edition of the only best-selling pregnancy and childbirth guide written by a doctor… Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis, OB/GYNand Judith Schuler, M. S. Sixth Edition My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the category of pregnancy reads, I would say this is one of my favorites and most useful books. In the category of weekly updates of what is most likely happening in your pregnancy, this is by far the best book of it’s kind. I had so many recommendations to read a different book that has been around, but I am so glad that I found this one, in comparison the “other” book has nothing on this one. When curious about this book in it’s republication, I found several negative reviews that talked about how it could cause a person to become neurotic knowing all the possible things. . .

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New Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Dad

New Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Dad, The by Susan Besze Wallace New moms run into a host of new challenges once baby arrives, including getting back into shape, developing a parenting style, readjusting schedules, and interacting with their husbands in new ways. With compassion and humor–and always the privilege of motherhood in mind–The New Mom’s Guides go straight to the heart of these matters, offering moms guidance and encouragement in this new season of life. Each of the four books in the series offers real advice from women who have been there, done that, and want other moms to benefit from their trials and triumphs. A perfect gift for baby showers, Mother’s Day, or any day, these small volumes are compact enough to take along in an overstuffed diaper bag and designed for the mom who can only find a few minutes of peace each day to read. My. . .

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Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen

Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen My review rating: 5 of 5 starsUpon finishing this novel, I sigh in complete contentment. This is near one of the best novels I have ever had the opportunity to fall deep within the pages and stay for a while. From beginning to end I had my opinions of how things should go, with the slight twists and turns I never had a clue how the plot would be. Sometimes I could not read fast enough, as a matter of fact most of the time. I would not believe certain things were happening. This is a perfect novel in regency time and I can see a bit of Austen and Jane Erye. I can easily say that readers of such will enjoy this story. It is alike, but completely unique and what a tale it tells. Julie Klassen is beyond talented with this. . .

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