3 tips to ensure the safest start for baby

Counting down the days until baby's arrival can be fraught with anxiety. There's your never-ending to-do list, the fear of labor and delivery and oh, right, that little thing called taking care of another human for a lifetime. To make matters worse, it seems that everywhere you turn there's another article listing the many ways your child can be harmed once he or she is earth-side. Cue the panic attacks, right? First, breathe. Second, calm your fears by being proactive now to …

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Miscarriages. How to be the Man in these Moments.

Miscarriages suck! What's the Man's Role?? These are a horrific experience that no one warns you about, that happen in the midst of what’s supposed to be one of life's most beautiful and joyful moments. Unfortunately, few men know how to handle these extremely challenging experiences. They’re devastating and can have a horrible impact on our family if we don’t know how to respond. Today, I give you four things that you can do as the man to move through the miscarriage and strengthen …

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5 pregnancy habits to keep forever

If you're following doctor's orders, then your pregnancy body is most likely in tip-top shape. Growing a human being inspires us to live healthier, cleaner lifestyles to ensure our little ones have the best starts in life. But don't leave those new healthy habits in the dust when baby arrives. He or she won't necessarily reap the benefits, but your recovering body sure will. Here are five habits you've created during pregnancy that you should definitely hang on to for a …

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4 questions to prep for motherhood

There's a reason growing a human being takes a whole nine months - there's a lot of planning and decision-making to be done. Once you've chosen your health care provider and created a birth plan, it's time to focus on parenthood. What kind of parents will you and your partner be? Make your transition to motherhood as smooth as can be by considering these important questions to help you plan for the future:How will you feed your little one?Will you breastfeed or formula …

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Wake up! Say so long to pregnancy fatigue

Are you sleep-walking through your first trimester? If so, you're in good company. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent side effects of pregnancy, with more than half of all expectant moms fighting to get out of bed in the morning. Here's the lowdown on why you're so tired and what you can do about it:What's the deal?Growing a tiny life form is grueling work, so it's no wonder you're exhausted. In the first trimester, when fatigue is most common, your body is …

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6 things that may surprise you about childbirth

After nine months of careful planning and studying, there are some things about labor, delivery and those first fresh hours of motherhood that may still surprise you. Here are six to take note of:1. There are two deliveriesUltrasound technology is top notch these days, making a surprise twin a very unlikely scenario. So, no, we're not referring to multiples here - instead, we're talking about the placenta. After every delivery, a brand new mom must then push out baby's life …

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Simple, safe ways to soothe pregnancy back pain right now

Does back pain have you scrambling for the Tylenol bottle? If so, you're not alone. An aching back is one of the most common symptoms during pregnancy, with more than 2 million expectant moms affected every year.What's the deal?Just like most uncomfortable symptoms while gestating, pregnancy hormones are partially to blame. While your little one grows, your body is hard at work manufacturing a hormone called relaxin. Relaxin prepares your body for the birth process, loosening …

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Inductions lead to C-sections? A new report says ‘No more’

Talk to any natural birth advocate and he or she is bound to start in on the evils of labor induction. For years, the party line has been that one intervention during labor and delivery just snowballs and leads to another. While this may have a kernel of truth to it, a new report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concludes that being induced doesn't increase your odds of the ultimate intervention - a Cesarean.This report should come as welcome news for any …

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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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