The pregnancy-safe way to beat cold and flu

Pregnancy may guarantee you a seat on the bus, but it doesn’t grant you a free pass from germs. In fact, your developing baby puts your immune system into relaxation mode, making you more susceptible to everyday illnesses. This dip in resistance may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s crucial—if your body didn’t surrender to foreign bodies, it might actually reject your fetus.Fortunately, most doctors agree that common germs won’t impact baby’s health. “The protective barrier …

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Your first trimester questions – answered!

All right, moms-to-be, the doctor is in! Our OB, Dr. Stephen Weiss, answers your first trimester questions. Smoked out Q: I’ve been to a few parties this winter where I can smell smoke from a fire in the fireplace. I’ve read that breathing smoke can be harmful for a fetus. How seriously should I take that warning?A: Burning wood in the fireplace is generally safe during pregnancy, if the chimney is operating properly and carries away the majority of the smoke and carbon …

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How to create a perfect nursery for less

One night, when I was about 20 weeks pregnant, my husband came home to find me in tears, selling off our clothes on eBay and looking for a second job. “We can’t afford this baby!” I cried. According to the various sources I’d consulted, caring for a baby required thousands of dollars worth of special equipment— everything from a gadget that warms wipes to a device that shrink-wraps your baby’s soiled diapers. “Our baby’s going to end up sleeping in a dresser drawer!” I …

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Real birth story: When does this surgery start?

If there’s one thing about childbirth I know for sure, it’s this: Clear, rational thoughts do not exist for laboring women. With a broken water bag and contractions increasing in frequency and intensity, I knew one spring afternoon that my little one was on her way. So, I did the only thing that made sense in that moment: I turned on some mellow tunes, slipped on some rubber gloves, and committed to scrubbing my toilet. After all, once labor kicked into high gear, we’d need to call the …

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How to handle mom’s unsolicited advice during pregnancy

Partly out of superstition, and partly because of Jewish tradition, Liz Gumbinner of Brooklyn, NY, asked her family not to give her baby gifts until the very end of her pregnancy. “When I was six weeks pregnant, and just two days after we’d announced it,” Gumbinner says, “My overexcited mother-in-law sent a onesie set.”There’s no getting around it: Becoming a parent changes your relationship with your own parents forever, in good ways and annoying ones. To cope with this dynamic …

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Dream or reality? A blood test for postpartum depression

Would you believe that, each year in the United States, more people suffer from postpartum depression than they do strokes, or even heart attacks? The numbers are so high—roughly 950,000 new moms every year—and the effects so heart-wrenching that science is scrambling to the rescue. A new study, published this summer in the medical journal Frontiers in Genetics, suggests researchers are well on their way to identifying the women most at risk. The details The medical field has long touted …

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Can a baby born by C-section become president of the USA?

Is a c-section a "natural" birth (at least as far as the constitution is concerned)? Here's a fascinating question for pregnant moms with a planned Caesarean section: Do the words "natural born" define presidential eligibility in the U.S. Constitution preclude a baby born of a c-section to eventually become president of the United States?While some lawyers may argue over what "natural" means, it's hard to imagine the framers' intent wasn't the opposite of "native."  At the same time, …

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Prepare a will now to protect your baby for a lifetime

Wills, guardianship, and life insurance — important details you should take care of when baby’s bornWhen you’re expecting a baby, there’s so much to do! Shopping, choosing a name, preparing a will, and taking childbirth preparation classes are just a few of the things that will keep you busy. No wonder the nine months go by so fast!Did you catch the part about preparing a will? Don’t fret, a lot of people want to avoid the subject. But now that you’re a parent, …

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6 weird facts about pregnancy you haven’t heard

Proving that truth can be stranger than fiction, these weird facts about pregnancy may make you do a double-take at your computer screen. No, you’re not dreaming. And no, we’re not making this stuff up. You can get pregnant while expecting While it’s extremely rare, there have been 10 reported cases of women carrying two babies with two different due dates. The phenomenon is called superfetation and happens when an expectant mom continues to ovulate during pregnancy. Now, that’s a …

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Choosing the obstetrician or midwife for you

Choosing an obstetrician or midwife to provide your medical care is perhaps the biggest decision you'll make throughout your pregnancy, so you want to make sure you're choosing the one that works best for you.Some women spend weeks, maybe even months, searching for the health care provider that they feel comfortable with, and then there are others that find them on the first try. You might find that your doctor is a great gynecologist but doesn't practice obstetrics or has a different view …

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