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Congratulations on the life you are expecting! This site is dedicated to all of you mamas with a growing baby in your belly. Share your stories, ask questions, and feel free to dole out advice to the rest of the bumpalicious moms-to-be.

The Power of Birth Affirmations

Posted By Rebecca Gruber on Jan 25, 2014 at 5:54AM

Hypnobirthing isn't for everyone, but for moms-to-be who are planning a natural childbirth, classes provide them tools in their tool belt to help them learn techniques to relax and cope with the intensity of labor and delivery. Instructors tend to hand out CDs remind laboring moms to focus on our breath and on positive thoughts, and though it sounds a little fruity, it can honestly be really helpful. One of the CDs of often filled with birth affirmations, which you've probably heard about in prenatal yoga classes. You basically say a positive statement either in your mind or out loud, and it helps dissipate fears and manifest the feelings you want to experience. Based on advice from moms who've been through it, we wanted to share some birth affirmations that have built their confidence and made them feel more prepared for childbirth.

  • Our baby's birth will occur at just the right time and just the right way.
  • I trust my body to grow my baby and I trust my body to birth my baby.
  • My body is strong enough to birth this baby.
  • I enjoy experiencing the power of my body as my birthing muscles bring my baby to me.
  • With each amazing wave, I am letting go more easily.
  • I am releasing to these sensations.
  • I let these waves wash through me as I go deeper into relaxation.
  • I am connected to myself. I am connected to my partner. We are connected to our baby.
  • I welcome strong waves that are bringing my baby closer.
  • Every contraction brings me closer to our baby.
  • The stronger my contractions become, the sooner I meet my baby.
  • I breathe slowly and easily and it helps my body to let go.
  • I breathe to my baby and let my breath flow down and out my baby's birth path to show my baby the way.
  • My body is so open that my baby just slides right out and into my arms.
  • I am calm, I am safe, I am relaxed.

Hearing these for the first time is a little odd (or reminds you of SNL's Jack Handey), but if you can get passed feeling weird, and say them to yourself, they will help replace your fears with positive feelings.

If you have any affirmations to share, we'd love to hear them as well.

Bye-Bye Lower Back Pain: Yoga Sequence For Mommies-to-Be

Posted By Jenny Sugar on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:08PM

It may not be the safest idea for an expectant momma to train for a marathon, but she can and should still do moderate exercise. Prenatal yoga will be your saving grace to keep your muscles strong and supple, improve the flexibility and balance you often lose as your belly grows, and as a bonus, it'll also mentally and physically prepare you for labor. If you've already tried this sequence to open tight hips and hamstrings, here's another one that will stretch your hips and back, which should alleviate some of the lower back or pelvic pain many pregos complain of.

Posted By staceylole on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:48PM

hey, i come off the contrseptive pill nearly four months ago, ive had light bleeding alost like little drops, recently the last week or two ive been suffering with cramps, heart burn, shortness of breath, last night and today ive had abit of consipation, breast feeling abit tender today, bach aches, was just wondering is this normal?

Jessica Simpson Strikes a Demi Moore Pose For Elle!

Posted By Rebecca Gruber on Mar 7, 2012 at 9:26AM

Jessica Simpson's pulling a Demi! Twenty-one years ago, Demi Moore posed pregnant for her then-controversial and now iconic Vanity Fair cover — revealing her naked, 7-month-pregnant belly to the world. Jessica Simpson has now repeated the famous shot on the cover of the April issue of Elle. Earlier this morning, the expectant mama tweeted, "My Elle cover comes out today!! I'm a lil nervous but I've never felt more beautiful or empowered. I hope you like it!!!" She also revealed that she is expecting a baby girl!

A host of beautiful models, TV hosts, and pop stars have taken turns showing off their burgeoning bellies and striking copycat poses to the 1991 original, but Demi still owns it. The actress is 49, and her daughters are nearly grown, but every time a naked pregnancy cover hits stands, we are reminded of the stunning one that paved the way. Check out the other stars that have gone the naked-pregnant-cover-model route and tell us if you think any of the pictures compare to Demi's maternal in-the-buff debut?

New to this site

Posted By soon2bemommy on Jan 7, 2012 at 5:03PM

Hi everyone, Im new to this site and im not really sure how it works. Feel free to message me or whatever on here i love meeting new people :D

How/When should I tell my boyfriend I'm pregnant?

Posted By SanDiegoLove on Dec 26, 2011 at 8:39PM

Merry Christmas to me...I just found out I'm pregnant! I was told it would be difficult for me to get pregnant, if ever. So...my boyfriend and I stopped using birth control, not caring, or maybe even hoping we'd prove them wrong and I'd get pregnant. I/we NEVER thought it would happen so fast! The only problem is that I'm in California visiting my family for Christmas and won't be reunited with my bf for another week. I'd really like to wait to tell him in person, show him the tests, etc. Is it okay to wait another five days?

Am I pregnant?

Posted By articulos25 on Nov 19, 2011 at 7:18AM

Hi,

Its been 3 months since I stop taking birthcontrol pills. After I stop taking pills I got regular period(I'm not sure if it's regular or irregular). Usually my period start at 11th of the month and it will end in a week. Sometimes my period starts 1-2 days earlier or 1 day late. Since i stop birth control pills, after my period or before my period due date I'm having a spotting but no cramping,which I think It's normal?(implantation bleeding? or menstruation?). Last month my period start (October 8,2011) and I had unprotected sex ( Oct. 18-20). But me and my boy friend sure that he did not let go of his sperm cell inside of my body( I hope you get what i mean).Suppose to be I will start my period on Nov. 8-11 or later but until now(Nov.19,2011) I don't have my period.I'm a little bit stress because of work and I sleep late.And I start again taking birth control pills( 5 days ago,Nov.13), I'm trying to minimize my stress and I also took urine pregnancy test(Nov.16,2011) and the result is negative.Now the usual symptoms of having period like my breast is getting bigger than usual, farting and cramping is happening now.It's my first time to experience this matter. Am I pregnant?or it's normal that my period will be delay,because of the pills?

Do You Know Your Trimesters?

Posted By babysugar on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:27AM

Moms-to-be have bookshelves filled with pregnancy books that tell them everything they need to know about their pregnancies. But how much of that information do you retain? From conception to birth, a pregnancy is filled with constant changes, both for the mother and the baby. How well do you know your fetal development? Take these quizzes to test your knowledge!



Which Trimester, Part 1

Which Trimester, Part 2

Which Trimester, Part 3

Wedding with a bump?!

Posted By ValerieLovesBlanqi on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:43PM

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Hip Openers and Hamstring Stretches For Expectant Moms

Posted By Fitness on Mar 22, 2011 at 1:00AM

Yoga is the perfect exercise for expectant mommas, not only to increase strength and flexibility, but it can also ease common pregnancy woes such as a sore lower back and heartburn. It can also help you hone your sense of balance, which is ever changing as your belly expands.

Here's a yoga sequence that incorporates standing poses to strengthen your lower body while increasing the flexibility in your hips and hamstrings. Complete the entire 12-pose sequence on one side and repeat again on the other. Be sure to ease into the poses since the hormone relaxin softens your joints and gives your muscles more elasticity . This makes it easier for you to stretch deeper than you ever could, increasing your risk for tearing a muscle.

*Remember to talk to your doc before starting any exercise program when pregnant.