5 common mistakes new parents make

New parenthood is overwhelming. For one, there's that whole new life to take care of - and there's also a mass of baby-related information to take in. There are do's and don'ts and safety precautions enough to make your head spin. But no matter how much you absorb as you set out on your parenting journey, keep in mind that all parents take wrong turns here and there. And while most of those so-called mistakes are harmless, there are a few common areas you'll want to pay particular attention to. …

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Loving your pregnant body

If you find yourself noticing the girth more than the glow, take these steps to feel better. Get movingStudies show that women who exercise during pregnancy respond more positively to their changing bodies than those who don’t. An Australian study found that pregnant exercisers also had less anxiety and insomnia. The regular regimen, like walking or yoga, will help keep weight gain in balance, which will benefit you postpartum too. So clear your fitness routine with your ob/gyn, and then …

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Porn. Are Your Kids Protected?!

Say what you will about porn, there is no question about how bad it is when our kids view it. Shockingly, I can't tell you how many really conscious parents I know who aren't protecting their kids from the plethora of extremely available online pornography. As a psychotherapist, I see so many people who are really suffering with porn addictions and distorted senses of their sexuality as a result of finding porn when they were young. This week's video talks about the problem and the steps …

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Are used breast pumps actually dangerous?

When it comes to getting ready for baby, most first time mothers are preoccupied with trying to get everything they might need to care for a little guy or girl successfully after returning from the hospital.For those who have decided to breastfeed their babies, this can mean investing in a breast pump. However, the costs of some breast pumps can lead new moms to consider the benefits of investing in ones that may be used, as they can be an economical option.Could reusing single-user …

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My advice to first trimester moms-to-be

When I realized I might be pregnant, I took five pregnancy tests in the week after the first positive result. I needed confirmation it was real. The strips piled up in our bathroom trash, blue line after blue line.Just 2 weeks earlier, I had taken a test before our vacation to Mexico. When it came up negative, I took that as license to enjoy myself. My husband and I drank daiquiris and ate ceviche.But when we got home, I realized the test I’d taken before the trip was actually an …

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Why you should hit the gym postpartum

For most new moms, lacing up their sneakers and hitting the gym are perfectly safe things to do at six weeks postpartum. Your doctor or midwife will give you the green light on exercise when he or she feels you’re ready.While we’re never going to advocate for a new mom shedding her baby weight as fast as can be, know that there are elements of exercise that give postpartum women a boost - and they have nothing to do with weight loss. Here are four reasons to get your heart pumping …

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Experienced moms share breastfeeding advice

When I was pregnant with my daughter last year, I attended a free breastfeeding seminar. My attitude was not exactly conducive to learning anything that wasn’t labor-related. My line of thinking at the time was, how hard could nursing be? Don’t you just pop the baby on and let him or her do their thing? So, you can imagine what a shock I experienced when my little one was born a few months later.Breastfeeding was hard. There were blisters and blood and lots of tears - both mine and my …

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The nursing mom’s eating handbook

Throughout your pregnancy journey, you’ve likely watched every morsel of food on your fork to ensure the safest and healthiest start for your baby. But just because your nine month wait is over and your little one is in your arms, doesn’t mean you can throw your good eating habits to the wayside. Proper nutrition is as important as ever as you heal from labor and delivery - and work to establish a healthy milk supply. Don’t focus on weight loss While it’s true that you’ll lose …

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3 reasons not to stress about a C-section

I had a planned C-section for medical reasons, but there was nothing “planned” about it. I really sweated the spinal, thought I was having a heart attack during the birth, and packed all wrong. Allow me to share some important facts... I wish someone had shared them with me!Don’t stress about the spinal In the operating room, the anesthesiologist will place a sterile plastic shield over your back that has a cutout for the spinal needle. You’ll feel something cool and …

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5 lifesaving tips to soothe your postpartum tush

Here, thanks to the wisdom of mamas and care providers, are a handful of soothing solutions to help you find comfort for your achy private parts during those first few postpartum weeks. ’Rhoid rage “About half of new moms get hemorrhoids during pregnancy and childbirth, but “no one talks about them!” laments St. Louis Park, MN, mom Jennifer Wetherall. She relied on witch hazel pads to help ease the discomfort. Over- the-counter topical creams or prescription ointments can also …

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