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11 weeks pregnant

Never enough energy

Feeling tired all the time? Wondering what you can do about it?

P&B reader Cherrie asks: "I am in my second month of pregnancy and I always feel tired. Can exercise help me get my energy back?"

Lisa Stone, an ACE-certified Pre-and Post-Natal Fitness Instructor, answers: "That first trimester can be a bear! Your new pregnancy zaps your energy and makes you want to just lounge around and take it easy. And that's perfectly fine.

"I have found -- as have many of my clients -- that exercise made me feel better. I had to push myself to do it, but once I did, I had enough energy to get through the rest of my day. That said, don't overdo the exercise -- don't work out to the point of exhaustion or try to work out for several hours several days in a row."

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Birth trends

More babies arrive in August than any other month, although other warm months are close behind, such as July and early September. This may be that people are planning births to fall in the summer months, perhaps when their workloads are less.

If you’re having a baby in February, he’ll be a wee bit more original -- February was the least likely month for a baby to arrive.

Read about more birth trends, and find out the most common day to be born is...


Ideas and Inspiration

DaisyWhat is "natural childbirth?" It simply means giving birth without medication -- pain relief, labor augmention or otherwise. Bradley and Lamaze are two childbirth preparation methods which teach you ways of dealing with the discomfort of labor without anesthesia or anagelsic. Why have natural childbirth? This article, by a midwife, offers some insight.


Fire up the slow cooker

There is little more satisfying than a warm, home-cooked meal that has basically prepared itself. This comes in handy even more when you are exhausted! Try this Crock Pot Ham and Potatoes recipe tonight.


Loss for dads

While pregnancy loss is an intense emotional experience for the mom-to-be, that doesn't mean the expectant father doesn't understand -- or that he doesn't also grieve.

In this essay, one dad describes how a miscarriage affected him. Click here to read his story.