What really happens during a C-Section

Diary Of A C-Section  A moment-by-moment account of one woman’s life-changing surgeryBent over an exercise ball in front of 20 of my peers, I tried to relax as my husband gently massaged my lower back.  No, I wasn’t in labor.  I was in class preparing to give birth.  Every …

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Can a baby born by C-section become president of the USA?

Is a c-section a "natural" birth (at least as far as the constitution is concerned)? Here's a fascinating question for pregnant moms with a planned Caesarean section: Do the words "natural born" define presidential eligibility in the U.S. Constitution preclude a baby born of a c-section to …

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Prepping a hospital bag for new dad

Your birth partner plays an important role in the delivery of your baby. To help keep nerves calm and focus high—as well as let him know his presence means a lot—prepare a hospital bag full of goodies for him. Gift wrap it and present it two or three weeks before your deliver. Here’s what to …

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20 baby names inspired by classic literature

 We love this article from Baby Gizmo on baby names from classic literature. Tell us the world doesn't need more Scarletts, Scouts, and Hucks!Here are a few. Click to the see the full list from our friends at Baby Gizmo.Alcott – From the author of Little Women, Louisa May …

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Your new baby cold weather checklist

The right items can be lifesavers when you’re outdoors in winter with baby in tow. Here’s advice from Ali Wing, founder of baby boutique Giggle, New York City resident, and author of the new Giggle Guide to Baby Gear. Wing’s top cold weather must-have might surprise you: “One of …

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Real Birth Story: Right On Time

Elliott at 4 monthsBy Claire SmithI planned a lot when I was expecting. So did my husband. We subscribed to all the magazines and read every possible published word on pregnancy. I knew the inner workings of each aspect of human gestation. We organized and charted and worked on getting our …

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Dress Rehearsal: Braxton-Hicks contractions

Contractions a few weeks early? Here's the scoop on Braxton-Hicks. When Raelynn Glispin experienced contractions during the 36th week of her first pregnancy, they caught her by surprise; she wasn’t sure what they were.“When you’ve never had a contraction before, you aren’t positive if …

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Pilates in Pregnancy with Bree Turner

Like prenatal yoga, Pilates can help you connect with your body during pregnancy—and reduce your aches and pains. A system of strengthening and stretching exercises created nearly 100 years ago, Pilates is a complete workout that concentrates on your “powerhouse”—the stomach, hips, lower …

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Simple ways to green your pregnancy

  Green your diet, body and home The color options for expectant moms used to be pretty simple: pink or blue. But many pregnant women, driven by concern for the health of their baby, themselves, and the planet, are now selecting a different shade: green.Pediatricians agree that …

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Your safe pregnancy exercise checklist

Once upon a time, pregnant moms were told to keep off their feet and avoid exercise, but today’s experts say quite the contrary. “Exercise is great. I recommend it,” says Barbara Dehn, a nurse practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area with more than 20 years experience.Walking is …

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