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Fetal Movements: How often and when should my baby move?

By JustMommies staff

Are you anxiously awaiting your baby's first kick? Or are you concerned that baby should be moving by now? Or do you have a leaping leprechaun in your belly and wondering if that is normal? Fetal movement varies from pregnancy to pregnancy. However, there are certain expectations given for all babies
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Round Ligament Pain in Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

Ouch! What was that? You feel a sharp, shooting pain in your abdomen. You may wonder if this is the start of labor or perhaps your baby kicked you real hard. Whatever it was, you hope it goes away. This sharp shooting pain is most likely the result of round ligament pain. Round ligament pain is a common
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Braxton Hicks Contractions

By JustMommies staff

Braxton Hicks contractions are the irregular intermittent contractions that occur during pregnancy. They typically begin around the 20th week of pregnancy, but may begin earlier for women who have had previous pregnancies. Braxton Hicks contractions are described by some as a tightening feeling. Some
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Belly Casting

By Maria T. Pepin

Are you looking for a fun way to capture the shape of your pregnant body? While taking photos or videos will do the trick… consider belly casting. It is truly a unique and easy way to commemorate the miracle of life. A 3D belly cast is made from plaster and shows off an expecting mom’s beautiful
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Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

As your pregnancy progresses, you may find yourself short of breath. Shortness of breath typically begins before the twentieth week of pregnancy and continues into the third trimester. You may find you have to rest more frequently during physical activity. Shortness of breath during pregnancy is usually
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Swelling During Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

As you reach your second trimester, you may be starting to notice swelling of your feet and ankles. Edema is the medical term for swelling and primarily occurs in the lower extremities during pregnancy, but sometimes in the fingers and hands as well. While it is expected to have some swelling during
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Leukorrhea: What Is It, What Does It Mean?

By JustMommies staff

If you’re pregnant, you’ve more than likely experienced some heavy vaginal discharge. Leukorrhea is the scary-sounding term for excessive vaginal discharge that occurs frequently during pregnancy. But don’t be put off by the term – leukorrhea is generally more inconvenient than threatening. Leukorrhea
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Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum. During pregnancy, your growing baby puts pressure on these veins causing them to expand and dilate. You may notice hemorrhoids during pregnancy or sometimes they will make their appearance during the pushing phase of labor. Hemorrhoids can be irritating,
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Back Pain in Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

Back pain is very common during pregnancy. The curvature of your spine and your center of gravity shift as you baby and belly grow bigger. These changes put stress on your back leading to pain and discomfort. Using good postore and keeping to a sensible weight gain can help prevent backache. What can
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Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

You’re a pregnant mom, calmly getting ready for bed and brushing your teeth, when all of a sudden you notice blood in your mouth. Of course you’ve been told to watch out for blood during your pregnancy – but you didn’t expect to see it coming out of your mouth. Is this a cause for concern, or
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