How to manage mood swings when getting ready for baby

There are plenty of reasons to be moody when you're about to become a first time mother. First, you're probably incredibly excited about getting to have a baby, but you're also likely concerned about a lot of things. Between finances, your changing body and the impending day in the delivery room, it's normal to be stressed. But while some mood swings are inevitable and simply the result of changing hormones and exhaustion, you shouldn't have to suffer through them …

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How to choose a hairstyle when getting ready for baby

When the novelty of that infamous pregnancy glow fades, first time mothers-to-be may find that it's harder to boost their self-esteem. After all, pregnancy is tiring, and why shouldn't it be? Between morning sickness, exhaustion and the fact that you're officially taking care of another living being, it's unlikely that your hair is the first thing on your mind. But you deserve to feel good about yourself without having to put in too much work in the morning. …

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How to track your basal body temperature

The best time for you and your partner to have sex when you're getting ready for baby is when you're ovulating. However, knowing exactly when you're ovulating isn't always easy, which is why there are tests and calculators available to tell you. Tracking basal body temperature is one of the most popular ways to determine ovulation, and once you get used to the process, it's fairly simple to do. Here's how to track your basal body temperature. Your basal body …

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Natural pregnancy tips: How to alleviate morning sickness

Morning sickness, a common ailment in first time mothers, usually happens between the first and fourth month of pregnancy. Scientists are still unclear as to why it occurs, but the main suspect is usually hormone changes or low blood sugar. While morning sickness is inevitable for some women, you can alleviate symptoms with some natural pregnancy tips.Eat regularly Eating regularly can help curb morning sickness, as most expecting moms report┬áthat their symptoms were at their worst when …

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Will listening to music help with newborn preparation?

The idea that listening to classical music while you're pregnant can help with newborn preparation is a popular rumor - so much so that you might see women walking around with headphones on their bellies. But is there any validity to this theory? The short answer is no. There have been no conclusive studies that have shown that listening to a certain kind of music will help your child in some way when he or she is still in the womb. Classical music played during your child's …

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Natural pregnancy tips: How to improve your sex drive

The reigning natural pregnancy tip should be obvious: Simply have sex! However, with so much pressure to perform and all the stress of trying to conceive, it shouldn't come as any surprise that your sex drive can suffer. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to get your libido back.Have a drink Drinking as a way to increase your sex drive seems like not-so-great advice. But according to Discovery Health, having a small drink while on a date night with your partner might be the x factor …

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Mocktail recipes to sip while getting ready for baby

There are a lot of things you should give up when getting ready to become a first time mother, but a great cocktail shouldn't have to be one of them. You can have your mojito, just without the rum! Here are some awesome mocktail recipes for your next party or special occasion. Sangria sans wine What's more refreshing and ideal for a garden party than sangria? Perhaps sangria, sans wine. The Kitchn has an easy recipe for yummy sangria that serves eight. Here's what …

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Sleep well while expecting: Help for pregnant women

Sleepless nights are totally normal when you're getting ready for baby, but at some point, you're going to need to catch some Zs for your health and the health of your unborn child. Expecting first time mothers are most likely to experience the most sleep problems in the third trimester, but don't be surprised if they occur earlier. Fortunately, there are some tricks to help you drift off more easily when pregnant!Drinking One of the biggest factors that will keep you up at …

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How do you measure ovulation?

Knowing when you ovulate is an important step in learning how to get pregnant naturally. But what exactly does that mean? The best time for you and your partner to have sex when trying to conceive is when you're ovulating. That's when your body releases eggs from your ovaries, enabling them to be fertilized. You can get pregnant even if you have sex near the time of your ovulation, but it's less likely, as the sperm has to survive until the egg becomes …

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Best low-impact exercises for newborn preparation

Even though first time mothers should be taking it easy while they're pregnant, engaging in some low-impact exercises can be incredibly beneficial to your health. However, it's important to find a good balance of relaxation and fitness. The Mayo Clinic noted that exercising while pregnant can alleviate back pain, help you avoid putting on extra pounds, improve your mood, increase your energy levels and stamina as well as help you sleep better. It can also make your baby …

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