4 jaw-dropping reasons your uterus is the coolest thing ever

“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we,” wrote legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin. Taking a cue from her, we bring you four reasons to sing the praises of your pregnant uterus. It’s adaptable Before pregnancy, your uterus was a pear-shaped organ that fit nice and neat beneath your pubic bone. As the months pass and your baby grows and develops, your incredible uterus does too. Toward the end of your pregnancy, your …

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Pregnancy Magazine Survey: Tell us what you want to hear!

We want to hear from you. Let us know what stories strike a chord, what subjects are a snooze, and what you can't wait to read more of. Take one minute to complete our 3-question, anonymous survey and help shape the magazine of your dreams. Take the Pregnancy Magazine survey

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Husband Tweets his wife’s accidental home birth

First-time parents Marco and Aniyia Rogers received the surprise of a lifetime when their baby girl arrived days early, before they could even make it to the hospital. When labor started, dad-to-be jumped into action, timing contractions on an iPhone app and checking in with his wife's obstetrician. Because first-time moms typically have long labors, the doctor on call advised the couple to stay put and continue laboring at home. When Aniyia's contractions picked up and she felt her body …

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Top 6 pregnancy beauty tips for Valentine’s Day

Not all women are in love with their bodies during pregnancy, which means they'll do anything they can to feel better about their growing baby bump and the rest of the physical changes that can occur. If you're not feeling your sexiest but you want to really wow your partner on Valentine's Day, don't worry. There are plenty of beauty tips you can use to add a little oomph to your appearance. Try a few - or all! - of these top six. Moisturize Skin changes aren't uncommon during pregnancy. You …

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You know you’re in labor if…

False labor vs. the real deal If you’re a first-time mother, childbirth can often feel like one big question mark. There’s no telling when you’ll go into labor, how you’ll manage the discomfort, or if you’ll require any interventions along the way. Even the simplest situations, such as determining whether your water has broken, can be anything but black and white.For many women, it can even be tough to know whether they’re truly in labor. To separate labor facts from fiction - …

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Most Australian women wait 6 weeks for post-baby sex

This just in: In a study reported on the Today Show website, most Australian women way 6-8 week after baby is born to resume having intercourse. This is in line with usual recommendation to wait at least six weeks before resuming regular intercourse. Most women say they start having sex again six to eight weeks after giving birth to their first child, according to a new study from Australia. The study periodically surveyed 1,507 first-time mothers living in Melbourne, Australia about their …

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How to be a great grandparent

Grandparents are either adored or shunned. Some families love having their grandparents around and some families do everything they can to avoid them. Fortunately there are a few clear things you can do as a grandparent to be one that is deeply valued and thus invited back again and again. This week’s video shares three ways that make a real difference and support you to enjoy a life of being a cherished grandparent.As you may know, I talk a lot about how to create a balanced family. A …

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Emergency birth: What to do when you can’t get to the hospital

Much like we prepare for unlikely events such as fires or earthquakes, giving some thought to how you’ll deal with an emergency birth is smart thinking. We’ve known women who’ve accidentally delivered in the car en route to the hospital - and others who never made it out the front door. While first time moms typically have longer labors (read: plenty of time to make it to the hospital), there’s always a small chance labor will progress faster than you’d imagine. In those unlikely …

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How important are vaccines during pregnancy?

If you're a first time mother, chances are you're still unsure about the importance of vaccines during pregnancy.While it's always important to consult with your healthcare provider about questions you have throughout each trimester, recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that vaccinations - particularly for conditions like whooping cough - could be critical during pregnancy in order to preserve both your health and that of your …

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Look out for these 9 pregnancy milestones

No pregnancy is the same: no truer words have been spoken about this 9-month-long period in which your body grows and develops another human being.However, because no pregnancy between two women, or even two pregnancies with the same woman, are the same, there are milestones you can look out for to keep you sane during your journey to motherhood. Morning sickness Since you're still in the early stages of your pregnancy, you're probably still feeling sick. Articles and books often tell …

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