Embrace motherhood while battling depression before and after birth

If you're a first time mother, you may be aglow with the joy of your firstborn growing inside of you, but it's not all sunshine and maternity fashion. Having a baby is a joyful event, but also one that causes your entire world to change. For some women, that change can leave them feeling overwhelmed and even depressed during what should be a time of celebration. Riding the ups and downs of mother hood  There is a widely held misconception that pregnancy protects women from a …

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Single and pregnant? You’re not the only one

We all make plans as to how our lives will go, but oftentimes the path we map out isn't the one on which we eventually land. Single parenthood is no small task, and being pregnant and single is no walk in the park either. Whether you chose to get pregnant on your own or popped a surprise bun into your oven, having someone around to lend a hand is nice, but not having one isn't the end of the world. There is plenty of single mother support out there if you know where to …

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Who will make the cut to be in your delivery room?

Pregnancy planning can be complicated. It can involve everything from finding chic maternity clothes, to choosing a doctor, to taking birthing classes, to figuring out what to pack for the hospital. There's a reason why so many blogs, books, pages and forums exist when it comes to pregnancy: It's not easy to keep track of everything without some help!One decision that might fall by the wayside when you're rushing around in the weeks before your delivery is who's actually …

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How not to decorate a nursery

Getting ready for baby is one of the most exciting aspects of pregnancy - there's something about picking out clothes, painting the nursery walls and stocking up on things you need for a new baby that's just so fun. It's the nesting phenomenon at its finest. But before you start going crazy over the little details of your child's nursery, you might want to take a moment to read up on some of the mistakes that many new moms make. There are several ways decorating the nursery …

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Alyssa Milano posts Instagram pic of baby bump

People have a tendency to jump to conclusions when it comes to celebrity baby rumors. Knowing this, star Alyssa Milano made sure that her fans knew that her recently announced pregnancy isn't going to end in twins, cleverly using hashtags on Instagram to get her message across.Milano, 41, made the announcement in March that her first child Milo, 2 1/2, is going to be an older sibling. "We are so happy to share with you that Milo is going to be a big brother," she wrote on her …

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How not to become a mosquito snack during pregnancy

The weather's finally starting to warm up, and while that means you have plenty more options to show off your bump in chic maternity clothes, it also means bugs are going to enter the equation again. The bees and butterflies might be nice, but mosquitoes, green heads and deer flies are less than ideal. The worst part? Studies have shown that pregnant women are the preferred snack of many mosquitoes. So why is this true, and how can you prevent yourself from becoming mosquito bait this …

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Your man’s healthy sperm swim faster in winter and early spring

Many women pay close attention to their menstrual cycles when figuring out the best days to get pregnant, but maybe it's time to focus more on what's going on with your man. If you're trying to conceive and you haven't yet found success, the problem might lie in your man's sperm. It could be that his sperm haven't been at their healthiest lately. Recent research has found that a man's sperm don't swim as fast, aren't as plentiful and have more …

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Drew Barrymore flaunts baby bump in yellow

Drew Barrymore is expecting her second child, another girl, with husband Will Kopelman sometime in the next month. Needless to say, her bump is getting pretty big, but that hasn't stopped her from showing off some super chic maternity clothes in the past few weeks and looking for radiant than ever.The expectant mama attended CinemaCon in Las Vegas recently wearing an outfit that anyone would love to sport. The star, who was being honored with an award, wore a vintage embroidered …

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Baby name trends of 2014: What’s hot, what’s not

Once you put two and two together and realize that your missed period, fatigue, sore breasts and nausea are early pregnancy symptoms, chances are you're going to immediately start brainstorming names. Naming a child is one of the most exciting aspects of getting ready for baby. It takes a lot of thought for some people, while others already know what their favorites are. Regardless of your name preparedness, it's always interesting to see what the most popular baby names are for a …

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Can stress lower your chances of getting pregnant?

Trying to get pregnant is easy for some people, but it's much more complicated and difficult for others. There are a lot of factors that contribute to someone's fertility, from overall health, to habits, to family history, to lifestyle. After months of trying to conceive, it might start to feel like you're never going to get pregnant, which makes you all the more determined to keep trying. But is this added stress of trying to get pregnant decreasing your chances of actually …

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