If we believed what Hollywood depicts in its movies, then all babies would be born quickly, dramatically and with a whole lot of screaming. How many storylines have shown us a woman's water breaking, and only moments later, that same woman pushing in a hospital bed? These lightening quick deliveries, while possible, are hardly the norm - especially for first time moms. In real life, you can expect a much slower progression of labor - spending hours or even days in the early stages.What is early labor?In the simplest terms, early labor describes the time in
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“Mommy, more please.” Those magic words play like music to a mother’s ears, especially if the dish is something that qualifies as “healthy.” And although this scenario might seem far off while you’re still stuck in what could be The World’s Largest Pants, it appears that a budding eater’s “food road map” actually begins to develop while she’s still floating in that bag of waters.That’s right—a growing body of evidence suggests your personal cuisine routine influences your baby long before his first taste of solid food. All sorts of
Between pregnancy hormones, morning sickness and fatigue, it seems unfair that moms-to-be must endure questions and comments that make them cringe as well. If you have a friend who's always sticking her foot in her mouth, you may want to share this one with her. You can thank us later.Horror stories Save scary stories for Halloween. Preparing for birth is no time to take in accounts of a birth gone wrong. Sure, there will always be stories of women who've had a rough go in the delivery room, but heed this advice from legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin:
No matter how much you prepare for labor and delivery, there's always a chance things won't go exactly as planned. While you may have your sights set on a vaginal delivery, there are countless reasons why your health care provider may call for a cesarean - or as it's more commonly called, a c-section. Maybe labor has stalled and your contractions have petered out, or perhaps your little one is malpositioned and won't fit through the pelvis. Whatever the case may be, it's good to be prepared for ending up on the operating table.
Feel like partying hard this New Year's Eve despite your pregnancy? While a glass of champagne won't do you or your unborn baby any harm, you can't indulge in as much alcohol as you may wish, which might put a damper on the festivities if everyone around you is joyfully imbibing. Instead of sulking over your lack of bubbly or fancy cocktails, try mixing up a few of these delicious mocktails, which are perfect for New Year's parties. By the end of the night, don't be surprised if you find people asking for a taste!1. Shirley Temple What's more classic than a
There are a lot of things you should give up when getting ready to become a first time mother, but a great cocktail shouldn't have to be one of them. You can have your mojito, just without the rum! Here are some awesome mocktail recipes for your next party or special occasion.Sangria sans wineWhat's more refreshing and ideal for a garden party than sangria? Perhaps sangria, sans wine. The Kitchn has an easy recipe for yummy sangria that serves eight. Here's what you need:2 cups of water2 black tea bags2 sticks of cinnamon1/2 cup of
Problem SleepHelpful advice for those who don’t breathe easy overnight.By the end of your pregnancy, getting a good night’s sleep is nothing more than a pipe dream. Between the back pain, leg cramps, baby kicks, and squashed bladder, you’re in and out of bed so much, it feels like a revolving door. Yet for many pregnant women, sleeping poorly isn’t just an annoyance, but a sign of something more serious.Recent studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have shown that sleep apnea, which affects about 18 million
If you've caught yourself exclaiming with horror that you might be pregnant forever, then this one's for you. With only 5 percent of babies born on their due date, a whole lot of women go into pregnancy overtime. We get it - you're exhausted, uncomfortable and plain old ready to meet that late little one. So how can you get the ball rolling? We've compiled 4 all-natural ways that may kickstart labor - without a dose of pitocin:Castor oilOne of the less pleasant on our list, castor oil is vegetable derived and long believed by the
'Tis the season for billowing scarves, thick wooly mittens and mugs of hot cocoa. With another winter here, we're giving thought to facing these dipping temps and whipping winds - all while bundling up around a baby bump. Here are four tips to surviving your first winter as a mama-to-be:Moisturize Pregnancy has a way of zapping your skin of its moisture, all to ensure your little one has enough fluids as he or she grows. To battle the resultant flaky skin, be sure to stay well-hydrated. Consider adding a fish oil supplement to your diet, relying on its
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned moms-to-be about the use of ultrasound imaging and heart beat monitors. The new consumer update issues no qualms over either practice when performed by a qualified health care provider out of medical necessity. We repeat: Ultrasounds are perfectly safe when ordered by your doctor or midwife.So, what's all the fuss about? Recreational ultrasound imaging, so to speak. Anytime you go to a third party to take a special peek at your baby in the womb, you could be putting him or her in harms way, the
The key to having a holly, jolly Christmas? Knowing what food and drink to avoid before you sit down to dinner with loved ones. Take the angst out of holiday meals and put the focus back on celebrating by vowing to keep these foods off your plate this season:DrinksWe know we don't have to tell you to steer clear of the bar area - but it's wise to be extra vigilant about the drinks you sip this holiday. Use caution when pouring mulled apple cider and eggnog, as both have the potential to be unpasteurized and contain alcohol. What's the fuss about
Love, family and joyful memories - those are the makings of one happy holiday. Think you can't get started building your family traditions until after your little one arrives? We have five sweet ways that say otherwise:Letter to babyTake a moment during the holidays to pen a year-in-review letter to your little one. This year, tell your son or daughter all about the joy and anticipation you feel for his or her arrival. Next year, you'll recount the happy moments you share together. File them away in a binder you can share when your baby is older. Your
As if you needed one more thing to stress about, recent studies suggest chronic anxiety could be troublesome for you and your little one. Planning for a baby's arrival can be a mix of emotions: joy, anticipation and fear in equal measure. While you can't allay your worries entirely, it's in your baby's best interest to find stress relief - and fast. Studies now show a correlation between a mother's increased stress levels as early as 17 weeks and complications during delivery. Chronic anxiety, studies report, can lead to premature births
Across the globe, there are several cultures that treat the first 40 days postpartum as a sacred time. Brand new mothers are encouraged to take to their beds, focusing on resting and healing while a team of relatives and friends tends to the household. While such a situation may not be in the cards for you, there are ways you can ensure you have as much rest as possible once your little one arrives. In the first weeks of motherhood, you'll most likely be exhausted, depleted and too frazzled to do anything but pass out when given the chance. Here's how
The human body is an amazing thing. During your pregnancy, while your belly grows to accommodate your little one, you're most likely sharing in our amazement. But pregnancy can have some pretty uncomfortable side effects, too - many of which may have you begging your health care provider to grab his or her prescription pad. If that's the case, you're about to learn that doctors and midwives aren't so quick to dole out medication during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester. So, how do you survive months on end without heavy
Whether you're nearing the end of your second trimester or you still haven't announced your pregnancy, the holidays can put you in some awkward situations. Bringing the entire extended family together, including some of your more eccentric relatives, is nearly always a recipe for comedy - being pregnant just adds to the amusement. Here are a few roadblocks you should prepare to navigate.1. Avoiding the pat-down. Once you start showing, somehow all personal boundaries seem to topple over - at least in everyone else's eyes. Even though you love having your
The holiday season is fast approaching, and this year, you may be about to experience the festivities during a pregnancy. At first, you might think that being pregnant will put a damper on the fun you would normally have on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's, but there you'd be wrong. Here are the top 10 reasons why having a baby bump over the holidays is actually downright fabulous.1. You can get out of almost anything. Dreading the thought of Christmas shopping, hosting Thanksgiving dinner or cleaning up after your in-laws? No problem - just
During pregnancy, the common cold is just that - common. Throughout these nine months, you'll find yourself with a lowered immune system, catching bugs much easier than you did before. While you can't be quick to reach for the medicine cabinet (doctors advise avoiding medication during the first trimester), there are some safe ways to boost your cold-fighting abilities and get well soon:Rest and fluids The very foundation of a good get-well plan is to get plenty of rest and keep hydrated. Take to your bed for a day or two, or lounge in front of the
There's nothing to throw a household into utter chaos like bringing home a newborn. Between sleepless nights, endless feedings and diaper changes, you may find yourself pushing the care of your relationship to the bottom of your to-do list. Take time now, before your little one arrives, to nurture the love you share with your partner. To get you started, we bring you six little ways for the two of you to amp up your affection while you wait for delivery day:Let it go: All the sweet gestures in the world won't make a difference if you harbor resentment
As a parent, it’s hard not to worry. For the most part, everything turns out fine, but given how difficult it is for me to turn off that part of my brain, I’m
I'm back this week from 5 arduous days covering the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on the prowl for new electronics solutions for moms and dads.Here are
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We’ve noticed a trend among our stroller-pushing peers. Many are ditching televisions for projectors, opting for a bigger, better and somewhat more concealable form of
Q: Q: Relationship between preeclampsia and developmental delay?
A: Some studies indicate a link to autism as well as low birth weight and premature birth.Most women and men have a limited understanding of preeclampsia and its danger to both mother and baby. Preeclampsia is one form of a high blood pressure disorder of
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