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Our Favorite Maternity Helpers

favorite maternity helpers!

Weird pregnancy cravings (blue-cheese-stuffed olive omelet, anyone?) are just a bump in the prenatal road.

When more pressing issues arise, call on these helpers.

Your back’s out of whack.
More than 40 certified prenatal massage therapists at Urban Oasis (12 West Maple Street; 312-587-3500; 939 West North Avenue; 312-640-0001) know how to work out kinks comfortably. They use special tables with cut-out, netted “cradles” for growing bellies, so expectant moms can lie face down.

You need moral support.
For a coach who educates as well as inspires, look to the doulas of Mother Me. Along with helping answer the tough questions (do I really want an epidural?), they can be at your side for labor and postpartum support.

Your Great Aunt Maude isn’t on Facebook.
Chicago-area stationery design biz Sweet Papier gets out the word of baby’s arrival the old-fashioned way (snail mail). But the hand-illustrated graphics (nesting birds, baby buggies, elephants) are charmingly modern.

You’ve got a closet full of maternity clothes.
Pay it forward and donate your gently used apparel to Infant Welfare Society of Chicago (3600 West Fullerton Avenue; 773-782-2800). The nonprofit serving underprivileged women and children will make sure your threads find a needful new home.

Just as you welcome baby into yours.

maternity clothes! Waist not, want everything! Stock up on maternity clothes for sitting pretty while on stork watch.

this week in chicago!

Preggers Spring Shopping Extravaganza
Join Bump Club and Beyond for 20 percent off everything in the maternity and baby shop.
Why: Apps, desserts, giveaways, and tons of new friends.
When: Thurs., 6 p.m.
Where: 900 N. Michigan Ave., at Delaware Pl. (312-943-6262). Tickets at preggersmarch.eventbrite.com. Adults, $20.

World Read Aloud Day
Take your favorite picture books and engage in storytelling and discussion with The Storybook Mom and video blogger Meredith Sinclair.
Why: Your admission donation of $15 goes to literacy advocacy nonprofit LitWorld.
When: Wed., 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., at W. Lawrence Ave. (773-293-2665).

The Horse
The exhibition tells the story of how the barnyard friend became the most important animal ever to interact with humans.
Why: Wonder at the different gaits of a horse by looking through a zoetrope (a precursor to the modern movie projector).
When: Thru Aug. 14. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)
Where: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., at McFetridge Dr. (312-922-9410). Museum admission, adults, $22; students and seniors, $18; children 3-11, $15.

Photo: Robert Daly / Getty Images

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
3600 W Fullerton Ave
@ Monticello Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
939 W North Ave
@ Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
12 W Maple St
@ State St, 3rd flr
Chicago, IL 60610
4736 N Lincoln Ave
@ W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
900 N Michigan Ave
@ Delaware Pl, 5th flr
Chicago, IL 60611
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
@ McFetridge Dr
Chicago, IL 60605