6 things pregnant women don’t want to hear

Although you're still in the early stages of pregnancy, it probably wouldn't hurt to start preparing now to hear some bothersome things throughout the next nine months. Not only will you seemingly get bigger by the day as you get further down the road to baby, you're going to get more uncomfortable. Things pregnant women don't want to hear In addition to your baby belly growing bigger, hormones are also running rampant through your body. Things that you would normally find funny if you …

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Pregnant? Avoid these mistakes applying bug spray

With every corner of the U.S. seemingly breaking out in a heat wave, concerns about the Zika virus are traveling fast.While this mosquito-transmitted virus may be mild for most, for pregnant women Zika carries the potential of serious birth defects for their developing babies. Currently, the reported cases in the United States can all be traced back to countries experiencing outbreaks of the virus (see their updated list here). However, experts agree that it’s time to step up our insect …

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New dad? Here’s what to expect

My friend Dan called me at work and I could sense the excitement in his voice. His wife was out of town with both their kids. Did I want to meet him at the sports bar tonight? The Bruins were playing the Canadians. The Celtics were wrapping up their regular season. And, drum roll please, the Red Sox and Yankees were on, too!If there was ever a night for some serious male bonding over greasy burgers and cold beer, this was it. I said yes, before even checking with my wife, even …

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1 simple tip for a gentler birth

How to boost bonding and ease baby’s entry into the world The moment of birth comes as a great shock to a baby. Life inside the womb is cozy—warm, dark, quiet, soft, liquid, and all embracing. Suddenly, after some brutal squeezing, that comforting environment vanishes. Now there is bright light, noise, hard surfaces, loss of body contact, and this strange sensation of being surrounded, not by liquid, but by air. No wonder the baby lets out a cry of panic.Observations of newborns …

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Home to hospital: How to find comfort during labor

Bring the comforts of home to the hospital and help usher in calm relaxation while you labor. Home is where we feel our safest. It's where we unwind at the end of a hectic day - and the place we're eager to retreat to when times are tough. So, it makes good sense that bringing a bit of that safe haven with you to the hospital will help ward off fear that can impede progression during birthing. Here's how to have a taste of a home birth, from the safety of a hospital setting: Stay home It's an …

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Prenatal appointment 101

A few tips for making the most of your ob/gyn appointments Unlike some visits to a doctor’s office, a prenatal appointment is usually quick and pleasant. It is primarily designed for you and your health care provider to receive updated information regarding you and your baby, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and rule out any complications.To maximize the time you spend with your ob/gyn, take these suggestions from The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy.Make a …

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3 reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to gain weight during pregnancy

The old adage "You're eating for two now" during pregnancy still finds its way into conversation, but in reality, this isn't really true. You're still in charge of consuming a healthy diet and managing your weight gain. However, you should remember that gaining weight during pregnancy is totally normal, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight.According to the Mayo Clinic, you may want to think about these guidelines for pregnancy weight gain:Women who are underweight before becoming …

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Top five pregnancy concerns of moms-to-be

Pregnancy is a time filled with excitement and changes but for many new moms, the journey can be overwhelming. I see many new expecting mothers in my office who, naturally, have many questions about each trimester, including what to expect, what’s considered normal, and what they should be doing differently. There are a few questions that seem to come up time and time again, covering everything from prenatal testing to breastfeeding. The top five concerns of new moms-to-be …

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Why pregnancy sex is so important

Sex easily falls to the wayside during pregnancy. Research shows that good sex has a significant impact upon not just the relationship, but also a woman's ability to have an easeful and even joyful birth.Unfortunately, sex during pregnancy can be quite complicated for a variety of physical and emotional reasons.This week’s video will outline how to overcome these hurdles and make sure you continue to enjoy the wonders of sex as you embark on the first steps of parenthood. …

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5 expert tips to make childbirth easier

Giving birth is like running a marathon: You'll get better results if you prepare. In labor and delivery, your body will get the workout of a lifetime – especially your pelvic floor, the muscles that support your uterus. Prepare for the big day with these tips. When contractions start, you'll be glad you did. Step 1: Do Kegels Kegel exercises aren't just for better sex; they also improve strength and endurance in the muscles of your pelvic floor. Syed Rizvi, M.D., of the Women's Health …

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