Tips on Dealing with a Miscarriage

All mixed up? If you experience a miscarriage prior to your pregnancy, the truth is you may feel both blessed and cursed; tough yet vulnerable. As I tell my close friends, I'm partly happy with a chance of dread.If your pregnancy finds you trying to balance fear with hope and joy with grief, you're not alone. And you're not going nuts, experts say. "After a loss, it's completely natural to have mixed emotions," says Cathi Lemmert of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support. "It's hard to be …

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Surviving your first overnight stay without baby

Just One NightHow to survive your first overnight stay away from babyKara Mcleod of Sunrise, FL, says Leaving her daughter, Madeline, overnight with relatives for the first time was like ripping off a Band-Aid. She knew itwould be painful, but she just needed to get it over with. "I thought it might be tremendous and I might never do it again, but I had to give it a try," she says.Bonding with your newborn is one of the most intense periods in your life, so it's natural to feel …

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Can you be “prepared?”

Get Your Preparedness Badge Parenting seems to be one place where the Boy Scout motto doesn’t apply.  Sure, you can “Be Prepared,” but I’ve found that there are turns in the trail that couldn’t have been foreseen.My son, for example, was nothing I imagined. First, I hoped for a girl. Not only did our baby turn out to be a boy, he’s huge: 10 months, 25+ pounds, more than 30 inches tall, and busting percentiles all over the place. I certainly didn’t predict that my biggest …

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Loving your pregnant body

Love thy 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 …

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Newest Issue – Prepping for Baby

Get Your Preparedness BadgeParenting seems to be one place where the Boy Scout motto doesn’t apply. Sure, you can “Be Prepared,” but I’ve found that there are turns in the trail that couldn’t have been foreseen.My son, for example, was nothing I imagined.First, I hoped for a girl. Not only did our baby turn out to be a boy, he’s huge: 10 months, 25+ pounds, more than 30 inches tall, and busting percentiles all over the place. I certainly didn’t predict that my biggest …

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Gridlock Yoga – calm down in the car!

With frustation and road rage everywhere, everyone, especially pregnant moms, need to learn how to calm down in the car.  Here are 5 different types of breathing exercises to help you:  slow down, relax, detox and activate your core.  After doing these five breathing exercises you will feel invigorated and ready to handle anything--even the long commute!1.  Take a deep breath in through your nose (make sure your mouth is closed), hold the breath for a moment, and then take …

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8 Budget Ideas for New Moms

Jessica Denay, author of The Hot Mom's Handbook, has 8 budget friendly ways to be a hot mom yourself. Here they are:1. For newborns, tear baby wipes in half vertically and save for big messes, that's all you really need for most changes, and the box will last twice as long. 2. Instead of buying a new stroller, use covers such as those by Itzy Ritzy, to make an old stroller new. For around $100, you can make an old hand me down or used stroller look fresh and unique. 3. There is no …

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Tips for Pregnant Moms

With so much to think about, here are 10 tips for pregnant moms from moms who've been there.1.    Getting the nursery ready -  There is more to getting ready for a new baby than picking paint colors and bedding, although that is so much fun!  Depending on the space or room, key things to having an organized space are do you have enough room for a crib, changing table, dresser, rocker? If space is limited you need may need to think about double duty furniture.  A …

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Children After Cancer: What You Need to Know

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer as a 36-year-old newlywed, my husband and I had to put off our plans for trying to conceive our first child-and I joined an ever-growing club of younger cancer survivors. There are over a million people in America today who've survived cancer and are still under the age of 45, and 100,000 more men and women get diagnosed with cancer every year while still of reproductive age. Pregnancy comes with an onslaught of challenges and questions for women …

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7 Ways to Cherish the Second Trimester

Congratulations! You made it to the second trimester. Finally, morning sickness is a thing of the past. You've discovered a new found energy. And your baby bump is adorable. The second trimester is a time to be cherished. So enjoy it! Here's how: BE SPONTANEOUS: Catch a matinee movie. Take a road trip. Do something on a whim. The second trimester is the time of your pregnancy when you can still embrace your independence, (ahem, you don't need your partner to tie your shoes... yet). So when your …

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