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How does HIV affect pregnancy?

More than 1 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV, which stands for human immunodeficiency virus. This is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome, otherwise known as AIDS. About 540,000 new HIV infections occur each year, and 25 percent of those infections are …

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How to deal with having a premature baby

The First 100 DaysA few life lessons I learned from my son’s stay in the NICUI learned to change Eli’s diaper by reaching my arms through the portholes of an incubator.  The diaper was barely larger than a matchbook, and replacing it amid the tangle of wires attached to his little …

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How to deal with watching your child’s birth

Don’t Pass Out—You’ll Never Live It DownA first-time dad takes steps to make sure witnessing his child’s birth doesn’t turn him into a big babyIn these last days of my wife’s pregnancy, I’ve become a kind of monk of maternity. My wife and I are preparing for a home birth, …

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Tips for taking the most flattering baby bump photos

You don't necessarily have to be basking in a radiant pregnancy glow to take great pictures of your baby bump. While clear skin, thick hair and a pregnancy flush can definitely help boost your sexiness in Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat photos that you share with family and friends, it's …

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20 questions to choose the right pediatrician

Let’s Play 20 Questions When looking for the right pediatrician, this interview will help you narrow the field.You have almost as many options for your child’s pediatrician as you do at a Chinese restaurant.While the choice of a provider is a heck of a lot more important than the choice …

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Preparing for a “breech baby”

Topsy Turvy Can you budge a breech baby?You’ve been feeling ninja-like kicks to your cervix for a few days now, and at your next prenatal, the ob/gyn confirms your suspicions.  Not that you’re carrying the next Jackie Chan, but that baby’s “breech.”Although it’s normal for a …

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Newborn care survival guide: Everything you need to know for the first 3 months

Getting ready to welcome your first child into the world? Congratulations! While you're no doubt excited to have your first pregnancy over with, you might have a few hesitations about how to care for a newborn. Taking care of your own baby is very different from babysitting someone …

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The basics of nesting

Ready, Set, Nest Go ahead—scrub, decorate, and organize to your heart’s content.  After all, there’s a baby on the wayOut of the corner of your eye you see some sticky fingerprints on the door frame into your baby’s new nursery.  You grab a sponge and clean the frame and the door, …

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Preparing your dog to meet baby

Rover, Meet Junior If your first child has a wet nose or a sandpaper tongue, he might need a little help adjusting to baby #2Does it feel like your dog is even more clueless about your pregnancy than your husband?  Think again!Your pet probably was the very first to notice something …

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A healthy lifestyle could mean a healthier pregnancy

Chances are, you'd do anything to ensure that you have a healthy, happy pregnancy that ends with the delivery of a healthy child. While you can't change certain aspects of your life or human nature that might impact your ability to achieve this goal, there might be one thing you can do …

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