Castor Oil to Induce Labor – Yes it works {How I Used It}

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As I mentioned in Jackson's birth story, after 10 days of prodromal labor -- and with my doctor's permission -- I used castor oil to naturally induce labor. Despite all the horror stories I'd heard and read, it actually worked pretty perfectly for me, so I thought I'd kick off this series by sharing how…

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Breaking the silence for pregnancy & infant loss awareness month

These days, it seems like October is everything awareness month, and I think that's more obvious on a social media site like Facebook, where everyone is sharing their favorite causes—whether it's breast cancer, spina bifida, down syndrome or another equally worthy topic. In addition to those above, it's also the National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.…

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Question of the Day: What’s your best morning sickness remedy?

I've done these questions of the day sporadically over the last year, but I may just be pulling them out of my pocket more often over the next few weeks as I struggle to balance homeschooling and blogging and working with the symptoms of the first trimester. I am flat-out exhausted, sleeping 10-12 hours a night…

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Why we don’t talk about miscarriage {and why I AM}

When "we" (meaning society as a whole) talk about pregnancy and miscarriage, we usually approach it from one of two angles—the heart-wrenching pain of a baby lost or the relief of a pregnancy that's made it through that "danger zone" into the second semester. Talking about the fear of miscarriage while actually in the first…

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Is Too Much Cinnamon Bad for You?

My pregnancies are typically marked more by food aversions than food cravings (with the exception of the Eggo waffles incident), but one thing I have been consistently craving this pregnancy is cinnamon. Oatmeal with fresh apples or nectarines and tons of cinnamon? Yes please. Sweet potatoes with ghee and a generous coating of cinnamon. Mm…

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Dear Readers… + Desktop Calendar {June 2013}

To download the image above to use as your desktop wallpaper, simply click the image (or this link: June 2013 Desktop Calendar) and choose Save Image As… Then, open the picture, right click and choose Set as desktop background. Dear Readers... Despite the heat and humidity it brings in our corner of the country, I…

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On pregnancy after miscarriage, hope in spite of fear

After I miscarried in October, I found myself locked in a tug-of-war with myself: We have four beautiful daughters. Our youngest is (finally!) out of diapers and sleeping through the night. Life is good. Do we really want to try for another baby? But each month I would feel that familiar longing, and try we…

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3 Things You Can Skip Buying for a New Baby

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: Our second child arrived in January. We are in the throes of soft newborn snuggles and middle of the night feedings. It is a wonderful time, and I'm relishing these early days. The dark circles under my eyes will fade, but these first weeks and…

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On pregnancy and miscarriage, grief and joy

Just before Sean and I left for our 10th anniversary trip to Charleston, South Carolina, we received a gift we had been hoping and praying for...a positive pregnancy test and the knowledge that a new little Ehman would be joining our family next summer. Although we thought we were done adding to our family after…

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