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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Dad beautifully captures his wife’s pregnancy in short video

We could hardly contain our excitement when Pregnancy Magazine reader, Cameron Mooney, shared this beautiful video he made to document his wife's pregnancy. Over the course of 54 seconds, Mooney captures the entirety of his wife's pregnancy, from flat belly to babe-in-arms. Press "play" to watch this mom's belly grow right before your eyes. Congratulations to the Mooneys for their new and adorable addition!

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8 fun things to do if you’re pregnant on Valentine’s Day

Pregnancy isn't always a picnic, especially if you're in your third trimester and are starting to feel like you're going to be sporting a baby bump for what seems like the rest of your life. With pregnancy symptoms and childbirth on your mind, it may be hard to relax and have fun. So how can you have a good time on Valentine's Day if your feet hurt, your back aches, and you're feeling more like a whale than a woman? Whether you're single or in a relationship, here's a list of some fun things …

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Tyra Banks welcomes ‘miracle baby boy’

Supermodel and media mogul Tyra Banks announced on Wednesday that she and longtime boyfriend Erik Asla had welcomed a baby boy via surrogate. Announcing her news on Instagram, Banks referred to her new addition as a "miracle baby boy." Recently, Banks opened up publicly about her struggles with fertility. She echoed fellow model Chrissy Tiegan's call for others to mind their own business when it comes to women and their reproductive habits. "You have no idea what people are going through," …

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4 life hacks for a better, healthier pregnancy diet

We’ve all heard the old maxim “you are what you eat.” When it comes to pregnancy, you can bet that you’re baby’s body is built on the stuff you consume, too. But it turns out, even the healthiest eaters among us may be missing out on key nutrients. Here’s how to make the most of your pregnancy diet, just by making simple tweaks to the way you shop and cook: To market, to market This may not be feasible throughout your entire pregnancy, but when you can, plan on hitting up the …

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