Baby blues: Study finds sufferers have a history of depression

When it comes to pregnancy and new motherhood, we blame hormonal shifts for their fair share of uncomfortable symptoms. Surging hormone levels are at the root of everything from morning sickness to back pain to insomnia. But now, a new report out from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute finds that postpartum depression and the baby blues have less to do with fluctuating hormones than we previously thought.The study, published in the medical journal The Lancet, followed 2,000 women …

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4 tips for snacking like a pregnancy pro

During pregnancy, there can be no worse feeling than getting caught in a lurch without a snack. Small, light meals can be lifesavers in staving off morning sickness, keeping weight gain in check and ensuring your energy levels stay strong throughout the day. But not all snacks are created equal - especially for moms-to-be. Consider this your ultimate guide to snacking until delivery day.Remember the golden ruleWhoever thought up and perpetuated the age-old pregnancy maxim that expectant moms …

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Your pregnancy diet, your baby and asthma

Worried about chronic illness befalling your little one? What you eat now, when you're expecting, can help strengthen your baby's immunity and ward off certain diseases later in life. How's that for motivation to put down the powdered donut and reach for the veggie drawer?A new report published in the journal Nature Communications suggests that a mom-to-be who eats a high-fiber diet can help her offspring stave off asthma. This illness is incurable, but it's also treatable. …

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Pregnancy to-do: Build a baby budget

Pregnant? Your next year is bound to be full of joy, excitement and dollar signs. According to a 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture report, the average baby costs new parents around $12,800 for the first year. But before you break into a cold sweat, stop and make a plan. Budgeting for your little one can help you navigate these pricey waters - and keep stress and frustration to a minimum. Here are some major child-related expenses to consider when planning your baby budget:ChildbirthGiving …

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6 sweet gifts that say ‘Welcome to fatherhood’

While you're the one with the burgeoning baby belly and tiresome symptoms, it's easy to forget that dad has a role in the pregnancy experience too. He attends all of your prenatal appointments, squeezing your hand with glee at the sound of that tiny heartbeat. He's reading parenting books on the sly and researching the safest car seat around. If you're really lucky, he's rubbing your aching back, too. Let him know how much you value his partnership and support with a …

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How to Handle Women’s Emotions (And Men’s)

Women's emotional mobility is profound. But most men are responding in exactly the wrong way and turning precious moments of vulnerability into belabored experiences of suffering and conflict. Women often aren't much better at being with our vulnerability. Collectively it leads to relationships where both partners aren't sharing their inner worlds. The resulting isolation and disappointment causes countless relationships to go dead and often end in divorce. But with a few simple steps …

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Science says ‘Moms, eat your veggies’

A new report of nursing moms comes with a call-to-action: Eat your veggies. In this paper, published in the journal PLOS ONE and led by Purdue University, researchers studied the nutritional makeup of breast milk from moms in the U.S., Mexico and China."Studying the composition of human milk is one of the best guides we have for determining optimal nutrition intake for infants," nutrition professor Mario Ferruzzi told Medical News Today.The results of this study's findings? …

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Pregnant? Kick BPA out of your kitchen

Ditch plastics for a healthier baby. That certainly sounds like a crazy claim, but bisphenol-A, a component found in most plastic products, may wreak havoc on developing systems. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 90 percent of Americans have traces of the chemical in their blood streams.What's the harm?BPA has been used to harden plastics for many years. It leaches into our food from the containers it's stored in - both plastics and cans alike. In recent …

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The pregnant woman’s summer survival guide

For many moms-to-be, pregnancy is no walk in the park. Add summer heat, sun and humidity, and that same task of growing human life is made even harder. If you're expecting during the sunniest time of year, read on for our smartest tips for surviving the summer season when you have a baby on the way.Hydrate, hydrate, hydrateBlame it on the blazing sun or long afternoons spent poolside, but dehydration is more likely during the summer months. What's worse, it can be a serious …

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Sleeping soundly during pregnancy means staying off your back

As if getting a proper night's rest wasn't tough enough during pregnancy, health officials throw expectant moms another curve ball. Not only do you need to contend with that ever-present urge to pee in the middle of the night, but once you've hit the second trimester, snoozing on your back is strictly off limits. Here's why:The vena cavaThere's a major vein - the vena cava - that passes blood from your lower half to your heart. In the second trimester of pregnancy your …

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