Newest Issue – Prepping for Baby

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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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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Dealing with Grief During Pregnancy

By Jennifer Roland Pregnancy is supposed to be the happiest time of a woman's life. But what if something dramatic happens that shatters that happiness, such as the loss of a close family member or a beloved pet? Will the negative emotions you feel harm your baby? How can you process the loss while also feeling excitement about your growing baby? The elevated hormone levels and physical changes in your body that come with pregnancy can make it so much harder to deal with significant life …

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The Empowered Birth Experience – Tips

Pregnant women are increasingly seeking an “Empowered Birth Experience,” but they aren’t quite sure how to achieve it. The Perinatal Advisory Council (PAC/LAC) has identified some valuable tips for pregnant moms.Be knowledgeable.  Educate yourself so that you will feel confident when making decisions about labor and delivery. Every medical intervention impacts your expected outcome, so make sure that you have enough information to make an informed decision before agreeing to …

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Bed Fellows

(Needham Lane Men’s Yarn-Dye Woven Pajama Top in Blue Stripe, $78 for set,; Boob Capri Leggings in Jeans Blue, $45, The right pj’s can be an expectant mom’s best friend. Here are a few worthy of wearing all day. Photography by Mark Madeo Styling by Kasey Blue Hair & Makeup by Renee RaelChoose BREATHABLE COTTONS, no matter the season. (Boob Nursing Smock Top in White, $95,; Needham Lane Men’s Yarn-Dyed Woven …

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Make Room for Daddy

Here’s how to step back and let the bonding—and his share of the work—begin By Nanny Stella of Nanny 911So you think you want to get dad more involved with the overall care of the baby? I say think because you really aren’t sure—part of you believes it’s your job to be the main caregiver, and another part of you is ready for him to get off his butt and participate!Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he’s scared and nervous. Resistance to handling a …

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Get The Picture?

Join us for a rare inside peek at a labor-and-delivery room. Have a good look now—chances are you won’t notice much once you’re in labor. By Emily Bloch Photographs by Lisa Franchot Special thanks to Good Samaritan Hospital, Los AngelesStart to finish, here’s what it looks like...The nurses at the registration desk will likely welcome you with warm smiles, no matter how you look when you get off the elevator. Most hospitals will offer a “pre-admission” option, allowing …

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