The ultimate pre-baby bucket list

You've likely heard it a thousand times: Once baby arrives, life as you know it is going to change. While you're eager for all the joy and wonder a new life brings, you want to send your pre-baby days off in style, don't you? We have six ways to do just that. Read on for fun, creative ways to spend your pre-baby days.1. Lounge aroundSleep in, take luxurious afternoon naps and otherwise commit one day to lounging around your home. Once your little one arrives, sleep may come in …

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How to kick pregnancy constipation to the curb

What goes on in the bathroom stays in the bathroom, which is why no one seems to talk about one of the least pleasant side effects of pregnancy - constipation. If you've just received a positive pregnancy test, you're most likely wondering why nothing's happening down there. Let's talk about why this happens and what you can do to get more comfortable.The back storyConstipation is not a subject matter people clamor to discuss. It can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and …

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New report says organic milk is bad for babies

The type of milk you drink could affect your baby's intelligence. At least that's what a recent study out of the U.K. suggests, claiming that organic varieties leave our little ones at a deficit, even well before they begin drinking the stuff. Researchers say that organic milk contains far less iodine than its conventional counterparts - as much as a third less. But why does it matter? Because iodine is essential to healthy brain development in the womb. A decrease in this key mineral …

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How to keep strangers out of your baby’s nursery

So you added a video monitor to your baby registry? If so, you could be inviting strangers into your nursery. Late last year, news broke of a Russian website streaming content from unsecured webcams in the U.S. and U.K. To many a parent's horror, some of these hacked cameras were broadcasting live from babies' rooms. It's enough to make you want to unplug every single device in your home, right? Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure your baby's nursery …

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New drug guidelines mean peace of mind for moms-to-be

The Food and Drug Administration is set to make important updates to prescription labels for pregnant women. These revisions will be the first since 1979. The medical community is hopeful that these updates will help ensure expectant moms get the health care they need while managing chronic conditions with medications throughout pregnancy.To make sense of the push behind these updates, consider your own pregnancy: How many times have you skipped Tylenol for a headache because you thought …

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Can pregnancy keep you young?

Is pregnancy the new anti-aging miracle? A new report out from the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem is claiming so. Scientists involved with the study say that sharing a bloodstream with a growing baby can help keep women's bodies young. That makes you feel better about that aching back and swollen ankles, now doesn't it?The detailsTurning the spotlight on a group of pregnant and non-pregnant mice, medical researchers found some surprising results. After performing a liver …

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How to survive the third trimester of pregnancy

If there's one thing to rival the discomfort of the first trimester, it's the final stretch of pregnancy. The fatigue is back, you can't see your feet - and even your maternity clothes feel snug. But before you throw in the towel and hibernate until delivery day, think about adding in one of these comfort measures:MassageThere's no better time to indulge in a professional massage than during the final weeks of pregnancy. Do your research and find a practice that specializes …

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5 ways to announce your pregnancy on Mother’s Day

What better way to sweeten Mother's Day for your mom than by telling her she'll be a grandma? If you have yet to break the news of your pregnancy, we have five incredibly simple and creative ways to share your impending motherhood with your own mom.1. Look to HallmarkLet a greeting card do the talking for you this Mother's Day. Scope out the card aisle for the perfect way to wish the soon-to-be grandmother in your life a happy day. It may take her a moment to realize why …

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4 surprise ways pregnancy gives you a boost

When it comes to pregnancy, how many times do we catch ourselves complaining about all the negatives? Our backs ache, we can't sleep and if we have to pee one more time well, we'll just scream. But despite all the aches and pains, these nine months bring with them a host of welcome surprises too.You're healthierThe moment you found out you were pregnant, you most likely began making steps toward a healthier lifestyle. While you may cave to the power of a powdered doughnut once in …

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4 date night ideas for moms-to-be

Sleepless nights and a screaming baby may rock your relationship to the core. Before your little one arrives, take some quality time to strengthen the love you share with your partner. Too tired or feeling too uncomfortable for a night out on the town? Never fear, we have four relaxed, low-key date night ideas just perfect for moms-to-be.Pack a picnicSkip the table for two and take your dinner al fresco to your neighborhood park. Spread out a blanket and pack the perfect basket - simple …

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