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Oliver’s Birth Story (Baby #5!)by  

The weeks and days leading up to Oliver’s birth were a whirlwind.  We had only returned from 3 months of traveling/working/living in Europe 8 weeks before. Right on the tails of that, we were trying hard to finish up the... Read More

15 Tips for a More Enjoyable Pregnancy (from a soon-to-be mom of 5)by  

In many ways, pregnancy gets easier the more you've done it. You learn what works for you, you learn to relax, and perhaps most of all, you learn that it's just a season and a relatively short one at that.... Read More

How to Naturally Boost Your Iron Levelsby  

Though I’ve been somewhat low in iron in previous pregnancies, this was the first time I truly felt the physical effects of the deficiency. And in fact, this isn’t only a pregnancy-related issue, but being low in iron be a... Read More

Our family’s new addition {and why this was my best first trimester yet}by  

You’d think by number five I’d have learned how to announce this more creatively, but perhaps it’s that with each child, a smaller percentage of my brain seems to be left with full function. (I’m only half kidding on that.)... Read More

What I Wish I Could Have Told My Pregnant Selfby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions; talk to your doctor or midwife about pregnancy, postpartum and newborn concerns. You know how hindsight is 20/20? I wish I had a... Read More

10 Questions for Expectant Moms to Ask BEFORE the Third Trimesterby  

Christina has been a semi-regular guest poster over the years here at KOTH, and I love her posts for several reasons, but the main one is that she is nothing if not well-researched and thorough. Her meaty posts show off... Read More

Three Attitude Adjustments During Pregnancyby  

                  By Natalie, Contributing Writer Pregnancy is such a mixed bag, don't you think? On the one hand you have the miracle of LIFE filling your body. On the other hand you... Read More

First Steps to Eating for Fertilityby  

Note from Stephanie: Many years ago, I connected with fellow blogger Donielle Baker through the realization that we shared a common struggle of infertility due to having a diagnosis of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). What bonded us further was that... Read More

10+ Homemade Gifts for {Almost} Everyone on Your Listby  

By Erin, Contributing Writer With just a few weeks until Christmas, the shopping season is in full swing, and the stores are jam-packed with people vying for the latest gadget for their loved ones. But what if you're like me--and... Read More

Optimum Fertility…Into Your Fortiesby  

By Natalie, Klejwa, Contributing Writer Because we live in a sin-wrecked world, not everyone will be able to have as many children as they would like. For various reasons that range from unwilling spouses to physical limitations, our families will... Read More

Making Babies Book & DVD Series from Bulk Herb Storeby  

If you are preparing to have children soon, or still in the midst of bearing sweet babies, Making Babies is a resource that every health-minded mama should have! I loved this series and have nothing but good things to say about it. First... Read More

Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnantby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When you're pregnant, especially in the beginning, ordinary life may be difficult.  When you have a job, other kids, or any semblance of a life, you can't just take time off!  Many pregnant women... Read More

An Easy-Peasy Meal Plan for the Pregnant Momby  

Do you ever wonder what the writers on Keeper of the Home really eat? Wonder no longer. One writer each month will take a turn to share an actual two-week menu plan. Erin, who is due with her third baby... Read More

Managing Your Wardrobe: Pregnancy, Post-Partum and All Those Sizes in Betweenby  

I don't know about you, but as I've been having babies these past 8 years, managing my wardrobe and all of the various sizes it includes has become more challenging. Today, I'm over at Simple Mom, sharing my recent closet... Read More

Kepler’s Birth Story: Water, Water, Everywhereby  

Seems that I have a pattern of prodromal labor and going late. My babies don't seem late, though, nor do they get too large, so I think I've learned that I can easily let them bake away for an extra... Read More

A Healthy Real Food Diet for Pregnancyby  

Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I remember being pregnant with my first child.  I was more concerned with the colors of his nursery rather than truly understanding the responsibility of growing a human being. I didn't have anyone to stop... Read More

OB or Midwife: Finding the Birth Provider that Works for Youby  

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer If you're expecting a baby (or hope to sometime in the future)--especially for the first time--your mind is probably spinning with questions. What supplements should you take? Should you exercise while pregnant? What's the best... Read More

A Comparison of Birthing Settings: Home, Hospital and Birthing Center Birthsby  

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer With all this talk of birthing babies around here at Keeper of the Home, I asked Stephanie if I could compare three common birth settings: home, hospital and birthing center births.* Whereas a home birth... Read More

Natural Ways to Recover from Pregnancyby  

[caption id="attachment_14381" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Me and my son, Jacob, right after birth."][/caption] Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Post-pregnancy, there's a lot going on.  You have a brand-new baby to get to know, learn to breastfeed, and care for.  You... Read More

10 Decision of Newborn Parents, Part 2by  

  Guest poster Christina began by sharing the first 5 decisions... today she continues on with 5 more decisions for parents of newborns. Please note: We do our utmost to offer the best and most accurate information that we can,... Read More

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