This way to Zen: 3 easy ways to beat stress

As if you needed one more thing to stress about, recent studies suggest chronic anxiety could be troublesome for you and your little one. Planning for a baby's arrival can be a mix of emotions: joy, anticipation and fear in equal measure. While you can't allay your worries entirely, it's in your baby's best interest to find stress relief - and fast. Studies now show a correlation between a mother's increased stress levels as early as 17 weeks and complications during …

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Take care: 4 simple ways to prepare for postpartum life

Across the globe, there are several cultures that treat the first 40 days postpartum as a sacred time. Brand new mothers are encouraged to take to their beds, focusing on resting and healing while a team of relatives and friends tends to the household. While such a situation may not be in the cards for you, there are ways you can ensure you have as much rest as possible once your little one arrives. In the first weeks of motherhood, you'll most likely be exhausted, depleted and too …

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3 natural fixes for pregnancy aches and pains

The human body is an amazing thing. During your pregnancy, while your belly grows to accommodate your little one, you're most likely sharing in our amazement. But pregnancy can have some pretty uncomfortable side effects, too - many of which may have you begging your health care provider to grab his or her prescription pad. If that's the case, you're about to learn that doctors and midwives aren't so quick to dole out medication during pregnancy, particularly during the …

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Three challenges expectant moms face during the holidays

Whether you're nearing the end of your second trimester or you still haven't announced your pregnancy, the holidays can put you in some awkward situations. Bringing the entire extended family together, including some of your more eccentric relatives, is nearly always a recipe for comedy - being pregnant just adds to the amusement. Here are a few roadblocks you should prepare to navigate.1. Avoiding the pat-down. Once you start showing, somehow all personal boundaries seem to topple over - …

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Top 10 reasons why it’s awesome being pregnant during the holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching, and this year, you may be about to experience the festivities during a pregnancy. At first, you might think that being pregnant will put a damper on the fun you would normally have on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's, but there you'd be wrong. Here are the top 10 reasons why having a baby bump over the holidays is actually downright fabulous.1. You can get out of almost anything. Dreading the thought of Christmas shopping, hosting …

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Pregnancy-safe ways to knock out a cold

During pregnancy, the common cold is just that - common. Throughout these nine months, you'll find yourself with a lowered immune system, catching bugs much easier than you did before. While you can't be quick to reach for the medicine cabinet (doctors advise avoiding medication during the first trimester), there are some safe ways to boost your cold-fighting abilities and get well soon:Rest and fluids The very foundation of a good get-well plan is to get plenty of rest and keep …

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6 simple and sweet ways to boost intimacy

There's nothing to throw a household into utter chaos like bringing home a newborn. Between sleepless nights, endless feedings and diaper changes, you may find yourself pushing the care of your relationship to the bottom of your to-do list. Take time now, before your little one arrives, to nurture the love you share with your partner. To get you started, we bring you six little ways for the two of you to amp up your affection while you wait for delivery day:Let it go: All the sweet …

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Step away from the litter box

Pregnancy sure comes with its fair share of warnings. Over the course of your nine-month journey, your health care team will dole out one prescriptive piece of advice after the next. It's certainly enough to make your head spin. And while most of these healthful guidelines center around the food you eat and the drinks you consume, there's one that may seem to come out of left field: The cat box.If you have a feline friend at home, you're about to receive some of the happiest …

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Why pregnancy doesn’t suck in Finland

While you're busy preparing for baby showers and making budgets to buy all of the baby stuff you'll need for your little one, women in Finland are gifted with a maternity package. The package is a gift from the Finnish government and is a tradition that goes back to the 1930s. No matter the background a woman comes from, they all receive a box so that their children are given an equal start in life, the British Broadcasting Channel said. In the box are bodysuits, a sleeping …

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Feeling anxious about your pregnancy? Learn more about the top pregnancy worries

From the moment you find out you're pregnant, your head starts buzzing with all sorts of ideas and thoughts you may not have expected. You're more than likely to even start worrying about things such as exercising while pregnant, the first trimester screening and other scary fears you've either heard about in the media or from friends and family.Pregnancy worries and the truthHere are a list of the top pregnancy fears women have and the truths behind …

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