Is your marriage strong enough for a baby?

After getting married, many couples face the inevitable inquiries into whether or not they plan to have a baby in the near future. While some may decide before getting married that they don't want to have kids, others may have this on their minds when they choose to say "I do."However, as the years pass, it can be easy to settle into certain routines with a loved one that may not be compatible with raising a baby. This desire may also take a backseat to other concerns that people …

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Baby bump alert: Emily Blunt expecting first child with John Krasinski

Actress Emily Blunt, best known for her role in the 2006 film "The Devil Wears Prada" and who appears in the upcoming film "Into the Woods," recently announced that she is pregnant with her first child. Since 2010, Blunt has been married to fellow actor John Krasinski, who starred on the hit sitcom "The Office." The two have reportedly stayed mum about the pregnancy, and a rep for Blunt revealed that the baby should be here in just a few …

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5 tips for a first-time mother on crib safety

As a first-time mother, one of the major considerations you'll need to make - especially in the final trimester - is selecting a crib for your little one. While at first glance, this may seem like a purely aesthetic choice, picking out a bed for your baby is about more than finding a design that complements his or her nursery.For help finding a crib that will keep your baby safe as he or she grows, consider these five tips.1. Make sure it meets safety standards Beginning in June 2011, …

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4 tips for planning a baby shower for a first time mother

When it comes to imagining what it will be like to be a first time mother, many women can't get over the biggest fantasy of all: Having a baby shower! For many young women growing up, envisioning having a big party to celebrate the arrival of a little boy or girl can be a wonderful way to experience the joys of parenthood.If your friend, relative, partner or coworker is becoming a mother and you're helping arrange the baby shower, you may feel uncertain about how to go about …

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3 ways to gain single mother support and downtime

Being a single mother can be one of the most difficult things you'll ever do, and bearing the full responsibility for the way your little guy or girl turns out can be immensely stressful, even for the most resilient of women.While there's no way to completely alleviate the feelings of uncertainty or frustration that may come from being a single mother, there are several ways that you can gain much-needed single mother support during this time of hardship.Below are three ways that you …

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Baby bump no more: First time mother Fergie gives birth to baby boy

Lovely lady lump no more! Singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas welcomed her first child with husband Josh Duhamel on Aug. 29.Their little one - who the happy couple named Axl Jack - weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. The baby's unusual moniker - hardly a strange occurrence for celebrity pregnancies - was a closely guarded secret for Fergie, 38, and Duhamel, 40."Some people may not like mom because we don't want to hear anything about it. That way you don't feel like …

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First time mother: How to assemble your hospital labor bag

Women who are getting ready for baby have many considerations to keep in mind, including what kinds of items they want to pack in their hospital labor bags.Labor bags are important, because without them, women may not have really essential things that they need in the first few days after giving birth. These items can include everything from a change of clothes to breast pumps and garments for the baby.For tips on how to assemble a hospital bag that will complement your stay during the …

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How to manage mood swings when getting ready for baby

There are plenty of reasons to be moody when you're about to become a first time mother. First, you're probably incredibly excited about getting to have a baby, but you're also likely concerned about a lot of things. Between finances, your changing body and the impending day in the delivery room, it's normal to be stressed. But while some mood swings are inevitable and simply the result of changing hormones and exhaustion, you shouldn't have to suffer through them …

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How to choose a hairstyle when getting ready for baby

When the novelty of that infamous pregnancy glow fades, first time mothers-to-be may find that it's harder to boost their self-esteem. After all, pregnancy is tiring, and why shouldn't it be? Between morning sickness, exhaustion and the fact that you're officially taking care of another living being, it's unlikely that your hair is the first thing on your mind. But you deserve to feel good about yourself without having to put in too much work in the morning. …

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How to track your basal body temperature

The best time for you and your partner to have sex when you're getting ready for baby is when you're ovulating. However, knowing exactly when you're ovulating isn't always easy, which is why there are tests and calculators available to tell you. Tracking basal body temperature is one of the most popular ways to determine ovulation, and once you get used to the process, it's fairly simple to do. Here's how to track your basal body temperature. Your basal body …

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