Counting down the days until baby's arrival can be fraught with anxiety. There's your never-ending to-do list, the fear of labor and delivery and oh, right, that little thing called taking care of another human for a lifetime. To make matters worse, it seems that everywhere you turn there's another article listing the many ways your child can be harmed once he or she is earth-side. Cue the panic attacks, right? First, breathe. Second, calm your fears by being proactive now to ensure baby's safety later. Here are three simple ways you can
Miscarriages suck! What's the Man's Role?? These are a horrific experience that no one warns you about, that happen in the midst of what’s supposed to be one of life's most beautiful and joyful moments. Unfortunately, few men know how to handle these extremely challenging experiences. They’re devastating and can have a horrible impact on our family if we don’t know how to respond. Today, I give you four things that you can do as the man to move through the miscarriage and strengthen your relationship.
If you're following doctor's orders, then your pregnancy body is most likely in tip-top shape. Growing a human being inspires us to live healthier, cleaner lifestyles to ensure our little ones have the best starts in life. But don't leave those new healthy habits in the dust when baby arrives. He or she won't necessarily reap the benefits, but your recovering body sure will. Here are five habits you've created during pregnancy that you should definitely hang on to for a lifetime:1. Regular check-upsBy the end of your third trimester,
There's a reason growing a human being takes a whole nine months - there's a lot of planning and decision-making to be done. Once you've chosen your health care provider and created a birth plan, it's time to focus on parenthood. What kind of parents will you and your partner be? Make your transition to motherhood as smooth as can be by considering these important questions to help you plan for the future:How will you feed your little one?Will you breastfeed or formula feed? While each has its unique benefits, the World Health
Are you sleep-walking through your first trimester? If so, you're in good company. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent side effects of pregnancy, with more than half of all expectant moms fighting to get out of bed in the morning. Here's the lowdown on why you're so tired and what you can do about it:What's the deal?Growing a tiny life form is grueling work, so it's no wonder you're exhausted. In the first trimester, when fatigue is most common, your body is putting all the pieces in place to ensure your baby is as healthy as
After nine months of careful planning and studying, there are some things about labor, delivery and those first fresh hours of motherhood that may still surprise you. Here are six to take note of:1. There are two deliveriesUltrasound technology is top notch these days, making a surprise twin a very unlikely scenario. So, no, we're not referring to multiples here - instead, we're talking about the placenta. After every delivery, a brand new mom must then push out baby's life source - the placenta. For many, it takes a simple extra push about 30
Does back pain have you scrambling for the Tylenol bottle? If so, you're not alone. An aching back is one of the most common symptoms during pregnancy, with more than 2 million expectant moms affected every year.What's the deal?Just like most uncomfortable symptoms while gestating, pregnancy hormones are partially to blame. While your little one grows, your body is hard at work manufacturing a hormone called relaxin. Relaxin prepares your body for the birth process, loosening ligaments and joints to make way for baby. Unfortunately, this hormone
Talk to any natural birth advocate and he or she is bound to start in on the evils of labor induction. For years, the party line has been that one intervention during labor and delivery just snowballs and leads to another. While this may have a kernel of truth to it, a new report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concludes that being induced doesn't increase your odds of the ultimate intervention - a Cesarean.This report should come as welcome news for any expectant mom. While labor induction is hardly ideal, it's certainly
You've likely heard it a thousand times: Once baby arrives, life as you know it is going to change. While you're eager for all the joy and wonder a new life brings, you want to send your pre-baby days off in style, don't you? We have six ways to do just that. Read on for fun, creative ways to spend your pre-baby days.1. Lounge aroundSleep in, take luxurious afternoon naps and otherwise commit one day to lounging around your home. Once your little one arrives, sleep may come in fits and starts - at least until you and yours figure out a routine.
What goes on in the bathroom stays in the bathroom, which is why no one seems to talk about one of the least pleasant side effects of pregnancy - constipation. If you've just received a positive pregnancy test, you're most likely wondering why nothing's happening down there. Let's talk about why this happens and what you can do to get more comfortable.The back storyConstipation is not a subject matter people clamor to discuss. It can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and downright frustrating. How do you know if you're suffering from it? You
The type of milk you drink could affect your baby's intelligence. At least that's what a recent study out of the U.K. suggests, claiming that organic varieties leave our little ones at a deficit, even well before they begin drinking the stuff. Researchers say that organic milk contains far less iodine than its conventional counterparts - as much as a third less. But why does it matter? Because iodine is essential to healthy brain development in the womb. A decrease in this key mineral today could mean trouble in the classroom down the line.The study,
So you added a video monitor to your baby registry? If so, you could be inviting strangers into your nursery. Late last year, news broke of a Russian website streaming content from unsecured webcams in the U.S. and U.K. To many a parent's horror, some of these hacked cameras were broadcasting live from babies' rooms. It's enough to make you want to unplug every single device in your home, right? Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure your baby's nursery remains safe and private.Why video?For first time parents, watching their
The Food and Drug Administration is set to make important updates to prescription labels for pregnant women. These revisions will be the first since 1979. The medical community is hopeful that these updates will help ensure expectant moms get the health care they need while managing chronic conditions with medications throughout pregnancy.To make sense of the push behind these updates, consider your own pregnancy: How many times have you skipped Tylenol for a headache because you thought "less is best" or "natural is better"? This line of
Is pregnancy the new anti-aging miracle? A new report out from the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem is claiming so. Scientists involved with the study say that sharing a bloodstream with a growing baby can help keep women's bodies young. That makes you feel better about that aching back and swollen ankles, now doesn't it?The detailsTurning the spotlight on a group of pregnant and non-pregnant mice, medical researchers found some surprising results. After performing a liver transplant, the scientists observed even older mice responded better to the
If there's one thing to rival the discomfort of the first trimester, it's the final stretch of pregnancy. The fatigue is back, you can't see your feet - and even your maternity clothes feel snug. But before you throw in the towel and hibernate until delivery day, think about adding in one of these comfort measures:MassageThere's no better time to indulge in a professional massage than during the final weeks of pregnancy. Do your research and find a practice that specializes in prenatal treatments. Many will have a table specifically designed
What better way to sweeten Mother's Day for your mom than by telling her she'll be a grandma? If you have yet to break the news of your pregnancy, we have five incredibly simple and creative ways to share your impending motherhood with your own mom.1. Look to HallmarkLet a greeting card do the talking for you this Mother's Day. Scope out the card aisle for the perfect way to wish the soon-to-be grandmother in your life a happy day. It may take her a moment to realize why she's suddenly being called "grandma," but the surprise on
When it comes to pregnancy, how many times do we catch ourselves complaining about all the negatives? Our backs ache, we can't sleep and if we have to pee one more time well, we'll just scream. But despite all the aches and pains, these nine months bring with them a host of welcome surprises too.You're healthierThe moment you found out you were pregnant, you most likely began making steps toward a healthier lifestyle. While you may cave to the power of a powdered doughnut once in a while, by and large you know that what you eat matters. Pregnancy
Sleepless nights and a screaming baby may rock your relationship to the core. Before your little one arrives, take some quality time to strengthen the love you share with your partner. Too tired or feeling too uncomfortable for a night out on the town? Never fear, we have four relaxed, low-key date night ideas just perfect for moms-to-be.Pack a picnicSkip the table for two and take your dinner al fresco to your neighborhood park. Spread out a blanket and pack the perfect basket - simple sandwiches, cut veggies and fruit. Or, go extra easy and stop for
It’s official! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are parents. The couple welcomed their first child – a boy, Silas Randall Timberlake.While no other details about the newborn are available, Justin and Jessica’s rep told to People.com that mom and baby are doing well and dad is “ecstatic.”Rumors of Jessica’s pregnancy started in November, but the pair didn’t confirm a baby was on the way until Justin’s birthday in January when he shared an adorable picture of him kissing her belly on Instagram.“Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday
Research studies have spoken: It's time to give dads a break. New reports from the Pew Research Center paint a sad picture for the working fathers in our lives. They struggle to balance work and home life, miss time with their children and admit that family is a challenge for them.Of course, I'll be the first to say that when it comes to babies - the gestating, delivering and caring for them specifically - women bear the brunt of the burden. We share of ourselves, quite literally, put careers on pause and most often are the ones staying home while our
Need some new snacks to help satisfy your pregnancy cravings or load up on a few more calories as a nursing mom? As you search for foods that fill you up without
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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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