Author Archives: Catherine

About Catherine

Catherine is a mum who lives in Chesapeake, Virginia; she and her husband, Robb, have ten children, and have operated a family medical practice for thirty years. This blog is a place she shares thoughts and answers questions -- especially from other moms, but from anyone! -- about pregnancy and child-rearing, marriage, sickness and health, and lots of other things.

False or True Labor Contractions?

Suzie asks: How will I know if I’m having false or true labor contractions? Ok, back to labour (I go back and forth with Canadian spelling and US spelling). I have never had false labour. I have experienced very strong … Continue reading

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Stretch marks and varicose veins

A friend of my son asked me recently: Did you get stretch marks and varicose veins? Of course I did! Stretch marks fade after one year. You can get them on your back, belly and breasts. I have never been … Continue reading

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When will my water break?

Suzy, expecting her first baby, asks: When during labour will my water break?  Will it be a complete surprise like in the movies? Water can break before labour starts.  According to today’s standards, if you do not go into labour … Continue reading

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