Coping with a cold while pregnant

‘Tis the sneezin’ For germs! Learn the safe way to soothe yourself and protect your baby on board. Pregnancy may guarantee you a seat on the bus, but it doesn’t grant you a free pass from germs. In fact, your developing baby puts your immune system into relaxation mode, making you more susceptible to everyday illnesses. This dip in resistance may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s crucial—if your body didn’t surrender to foreign bodies, it might actually reject your …

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Vegetarian and pregnant: eating right for 2

How to eat right and stay healthy for two. When I first found out I was pregnant, my excitement was quickly followed by one thought: “No wonder!” A baby growing inside me certainly explained why I was hungry all the time. As a lifelong lacto-vegetarian—I eat milk products but not eggs—I knew about the produce and dairy sources of the nutrients that I needed. But was I still eating right now that I was pregnant? I realized that I needed to learn more about my diet in order to eat well …

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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 …

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Surviving your first overnight stay without baby

Practical advice for that first night away Kara 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 it would be painful, but she just needed to get it over with. "I thought it might be incredibly hard 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 anxious about your first …

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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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Breastfeeding in public: How should you do it?

For moms-to-be, opting to breastfeed can be a tough decision to make. While the choice to do so can help you enhance the bond that you feel with your baby - something that is especially important if you're a first time mother - there are many factors to consider, like how breastfeeding will affect your daily routine.Feeding babies on a schedule is essential for not only supplying your little one with important nutrients, but for making sure that your guy or gal becomes better acclimated to …

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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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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

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 events. Even the …

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