Could this be the biggest danger to your baby?

Spread the word, crib bumpers may be cute - but they have potential to be deadly too. A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics confirms what the American Academy of Pediatrics has been saying for years: there’s nothing safe about extra padding in an infant’s sleep space.Browse any baby store and you’re bound to find them - padded liners meant to keep your little one’s limbs from getting stuck between crib rungs. They’re often sold as part of a bedding set, even though …

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Your no-cost babymoon

She wants a weekend away before the baby comes. You’d rather put the cash toward that growing credit-card bill. Show her you can take care of it all with a super-deluxe, whatever-her-heart-desires babymoon—all from the comfort of your own home. If you’re not familiar with this word yet, you probably will be soon: “babymoon.” It’s a chance for the two of you to reconnect before baby comes. After all, it may be the last time for a few years that you’re actually alone in your …

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Dad’s guide to childbirth

Even though today it’s customary for fathers to be involved in childbirth, birth stories are littered with the casualties of men who didn’t rise to the occasion—when push came to shove.Elissa Stein learned this the hard way. During her first birth, her husband did little more than snap photos. Later, packing up to leave the hospital, she looked over to see the nurses serving him breakfast in bed. “Here I was, just given birth, packing up our stuff—and he’s being waited on,” …

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Should you induce labor?

A woman came into my exam room one afternoon, about 33 weeks into her pregnancy and asked to be induced because she was tired of being pregnant. I have had requests from moms wanting to deliver on specific dates (9/9/09, 10/10/0) and requests from grandmothers who are waiting (not very patiently) for the birth of their grandchild. In fact, requests for “social” inductions have become so common, more and more hospitals are adopting polices prohibiting the practice for first time moms prior …

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Doc, midwife, or doula?

You know which friends and family will be at the birth—but have you considered which experts you want there? The journey of labor and delivery isn’t a solo trip. Besides your family and partner, a whole team of supporters can guide you through. We checked in with Marisa Cohen, author of Deliver This: Make the Childbirth Choice That’s Right For You, to help you decide the right additions to your crew. Ob/gyns What they do: Doctors are called when it comes time for delivery. They’re …

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Gwen Stefani’s mom identity crisis

In the December issue of InStyle, Gwen Stefani opens up about her stressful balancing act as a musician and mother - and the identity crisis she battled after welcoming her first born: "In the beginning, I didn't want to think of myself as a mother. I was like, 'Wait a minute! Ain't no hollaback girl is who I am!' I had to learn to accept it," she says. Source: Gwen Stefani Divorce: Talks About 'Struggle' in Years Leading Up to It :

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No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy

This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new clinical report, updating its guidelines for drinking during pregnancy. The report, to many an expectant mom’s dismay, puts the kibosh on long-held beliefs that a small drink once in awhile won’t harm a developing baby. The AAP states that even a small amount of alcohol may be harmful during pregnancy. Why it’s a big deal In its report, “Fetal Alcohol and Spectrum Disorders,” published in the journal Pediatrics, the AAP …

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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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Doctors OK eating in the delivery room

To the relief of moms-to-be everywhere, new medical findings have prompted hospitals to lift the ban on snacking and drinking in the delivery room.A research team out of Canada presented compelling evidence at the American Society of Anesthesiologists conference last month. Pulling data from 385 studies conducted over the past 25 years, the team concluded that women in labor would actually benefit from light snacking.According to Dr. Christopher Harty, co-author of the study, women in …

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4 real dads talk childbirth

Everyone knows that mother and baby are the stars of the childbirth show. But dad plays an essential supporting role. He often has the best vantage point to watch the whole wild story unfold. Four real dads weigh in on what it's like from his perspective. Labor “As the dad, you’re such an add-on to the whole process—you feel that way throughout the pregnancy, and then labor is just the culmination of it. I definitely felt a little guilty. Here’s my wife, in miserable pain for 30 hours …

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