When you're pregnant, you often wonder “Am I big?" “Am I small?" and, “Will I ever be able to tie my shoes again?"


Always tell your doctor and let her know how you're feeling—and as you grow, she'll measure your fundal height (the growth of your baby and uterus in centimeters)—but know that whatever you're going through is most likely normal.

Tiny bump? Big round bump? Every mama is different. And if you need a reminder: Every mama is beautiful. (That means you.)

Here's what #20weeks look like for the mamas of Instagram—

1/2 baked. #20weeks
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20 weeks 2days #20weekspregnant #20weeks #itsagirl #bumpie #march21st
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Half way there! #20weeks #banana
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#20weeks #australiancattledog #mythreegirls #heelergram
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Half way there! Time is flying #20weeks
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The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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