I got a LOT of good advice about childbirth before having my daughter — I read the books, I talked to my best mom friends, I watched videos, I took a parenting class with my husband, I had a birth plan, I read the articles. Heck, I even visualized the birth. But, like anything, there’s nothing like experience to help you really GET it. And while I went a little hardcore into the physical preparation part of it all, there’s one piece of advice that I didn’t take to heart as much as I should have. In fact, I thought…

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Pregnancy is a truly personal experience, and every mama should do what feels right for her (and what her doc recommends, of course). But it’s always interesting to see how different women handle the various challenges that each trimester has to offer — and what felt right for our contributor Nichole, who just happens to also be a two-time Ironman finisher, was fascinating! –Jenn & Kristen  One might think I was crazy if I told them I ran 4 miles a couple of days a week, did 60-minute intense weight lifting classes several days a week, and filled in the…

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