5 moms you meet on message boards

As anyone who’s ever mustered the courage to post a question on a message board knows, moms can be judgmental and downright mean. Over time, I have met some amazingly supportive moms. But there can also be a nasty side to mothers online.Whether it’s a controversy over SAHM vs. WOHM, or the benefits of breastfeeding vs. the evils of formula, there’s always a brouhaha brewing on the boards. Here’s a heads-up, so you know just who you’re dealing with, and how to avoid …

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Is it postpartum depression or the baby blues?

Just two days after bringing my glowing baby girl home from the hospital, postpartum depression (PPD) hit me like a tornado. It sucked me into a dizzying blur of insomnia, unrelenting anxiety, and inexplicable crying. Must be the “baby blues,” I told myself… until months later, shaking in extreme exhaustion, I was rushed to the psychiatrist’s office. That wasn’t how I planned on kicking off motherhood, but the good news is this doesn’t have to happen to you! PPD vs. the blues The …

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Join an online mom group to beat the new mom blues

You knew things would change, but now that baby’s here meeting for coffee requires a degree in logistics. A simple girls’ night out can mean weeks of planning. If keeping up with your former social circle feels like driving a three-wheeled stroller across Siberia, you're not alone."I like to think of networking online as the new playground for moms," says Nichole Smith, a site moderator at MothersClick.com and owner of her own site, theguiltyparent.com. "Social networking can …

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New pregnancy poll: Epidural or natural?

With the big day on the horizon, you must be giving thought to how you'll get through labor and delivery. Share with us, are you planning on an epidural, or are you hoping for a natural birth? Take our poll below!

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How to beat new mom isolation

There’s nothing to throw our lives off-axis like a newborn baby. All the joy and wonder aside, adjusting to life with a new son or daughter can leave us feeling alone, overwhelmed, and downright lonely. You feel like you have zero freedom, you're up all night, and downtime - what's that? Nip this new mom isolation in the bud with these tips for staying connected and comforted long after delivery day. Get social at your birthing class Sure, you’re there to learn about the stages of …

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Your pregnancy diet affects baby’s future tastes

Here’s how to make sure your little one will like the healthy stuff. by Kate Geagan, M.S., R.D.  “Mommy, more please.” Those magic words play like music to a mother’s ears, especially if the dish is something that qualifies as “healthy.” And although this scenario might seem far off while you’re still stuck in what could be The World’s Largest Pants, it appears that a budding eater’s “food road map” actually begins to develop while she’s still floating in …

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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 …

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1 Key to being a Great Mom

Women's natural instincts to be great moms can unfortunately lead to a real imbalance in the family and cause a lot of unnecessary suffering. So often in today's homes, the women are overburdened with parenting responsibilities while the men feel like second class parents. Fortunately, it's quite possible to prevent this painful dynamic and support your family to thrive. This week's video shows the mom's what they can do to help their half of the equation. Watch more including the …

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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 it’s Braxton Hicks or actual labor,” says Glispin, a mother of two in Oxford, MA. “With my second baby, I clearly knew the difference and wasn’t surprised.”Braxton Hicks, so named …

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6 ways to avoid vericose veins from pregnancy

Do your best to avoid vericose veins Varicose veins are mainly a hereditary condition, but doctors actually see them two to four times more frequently in women than in men. The reason? Pregnancy. Your growing uterus, along with weight gain and fluid retention, all put extra pressure on the vein walls, which can accelerate vein damage.Wearing compression or support hose controls leg swelling and stops blood from pooling in your leg veins. “If you have a family history of varicose veins, I …

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