When did you first feel your baby move? Our Facebook readers weigh in

One of the most anticipated moments of being pregnant is when you get to feel your little bundle of joy squirm around in your belly for the first time. Although it can sometimes be hard to decipher those first little kicks because they often just seem like butterflies fluttering around, it's a feeling that's truly unlike any other.What many people don't realize is that even though you may not be noticing any movement at first, fetuses, on average, move once a …

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The moments I’ve enjoyed most as a new mom

Being a mom is filled with ups and downs. From snuggling your newborn to sleepless nights, a mother's duty never ends - even after everyone else has gone to bed. But it seems that no matter how tired you are or how bad you smell because you can't remember the last time you took a shower, these moments are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. When your little one is all grown up, you'll want moments like these all over again.There was a lot of anticipation leading up to …

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6 things pregnant women don’t want to hear

Although you're still in the early stages of pregnancy, it probably wouldn't hurt to start preparing now to hear some bothersome things throughout the next nine months. Not only will you seemingly get bigger by the day as you get further down the road to baby, you're going to get more uncomfortable. Things pregnant women don't want to hearIn addition to your baby belly growing bigger, hormones are also running rampant through your body. Things that you would …

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Did you recently find out you’re pregnant? Here’s what you can expect during the first trimester

If you've just found out that you're pregnant, congratulations! There's so much ahead of you that you're likely excited and maybe even a little scared about. The first trimester of pregnancy is from week one to the end of week 12. Your due date is an estimated date that is 40 weeks from the first day of your last period. Common changes during the first trimesterYou'll notice that your body begins changing during the first trimester, and these are some of …

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Having a hard time remembering? Blame it on pregnancy brain

During your pregnancy, you may find that you're spacing out on things that you would normally never forget about. Rather than being able to run out the door to do some quick errands, you're stopping in your tracks because you can't quite remember everything you needed to buy. The reason behind all of this is pregnancy brain, and yes, it's a real thing. Your friends and family have likely already warned you that you'll start to get a little foggy as your …

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7 things that might surprise you about pregnancy that you’ll be glad you knew

You think you know what you're getting into when you find out you're pregnant. You'll gain weight, your belly will get bigger and you get an adorable little gift at the end of it all. There's much more to it all than what you've heard, but you'll be surprised to find out what you can really expect. What you'll be surprised to know about pregnancy  Look out for some of these things you may not know about being pregnant: People like to touch a …

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How long were you in labor? Was it quick and easy or painful? Our Facebook readers join the conversation!

Although you're still in the early stages of your pregnancy, one of the things that's likely weighing heavily on your mind is labor. Will it be pain-free or is it really going to be what they make it look like in the movies? Don't let yourself be afraid of the unknown, especially since every woman's experience with labor is different. It is a good idea, however, to read about what to expect.In our recent Facebook post, we asked our readers about their labor process and …

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Think you might be pregnant? Look out for these early pregnancy signs

The most tell-tale sign of being pregnant is missing your period, but there are other signs that may pop up to give you the heads up that your adventure to motherhood is about to begin. Early pregnancy signs  Look out for some of these early pregnancy symptoms before a missed period when it's still too early to take a test: Shortness of breath: When your baby is growing, your body needs even more oxygen to keep up. As a result, you may find that you're short on …

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Prenatal vitamins: important to the health of your baby

As soon as you get to your first OB/GYN appointment, your doctor is going to tell you to get on prenatal vitamins.  Why do I need prenatal vitamins?  You'll need to not only eat a healthy diet during your pregnancy, but you'll need these vitamins to ensure that any nutritional gaps are fulfilled. Of course, you aren't intentionally leaving healthy food out of your diet but there are some vitamins you need extra of that you may not have always been aware …

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What you need to know about a first trimester screening

If your OB/GYN hasn't already talked to your about your first trimester screening, then you can expect to have the discussion soon while you're still in the early stages of pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, this evaluation is optional and noninvasive.For the test, a practitioner will use the results of a maternal blood sample as well as an ultrasound of your baby to determine the risk you have of delivering a child with specific abnormalities such as Down syndrome/trisomy 21 …

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