The gentler way to maintain your bikini line during pregnancy

That bump makes it hard to see—never mind maintain—your bikini line! Our experts share smart advice for keeping tidy (if that's your thing) Maybe you’re one of those moms-to-be who couldn't care less when it comes to your bikini line—especially once you can’t see it anymore. But for some, personal grooming in that area is essential, whether it’s date night or delivery day. Yes, medical professionals have seen it all—and no, there's no requirement to trim for childbirth. But …

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8 steps to take today for a healthy pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy, everyone seems to have an opinion on what's best for mom and her baby. When taking in all of this advice - some of it hair-brained, some of it contradictory - it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed, confused and frustrated. That's why we're going back to basics, paring down the most sound and simplest advice for a healthy, stress-free and happy pregnancy. Find your health care team One of your first steps should be finding a doctor or midwife who you feel confident …

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4 tips to boost your bond with baby during pregnancy

Don't wait until delivery day to begin building a relationship with your son or daughter. Though sight unseen, you can still nurture a bond with your baby that will last a lifetime. Here's how: Use your voice Your little one is growing and changing at an incredible rate. By the second trimester, his or her hearing develops and your baby will be influenced by outside noise. Of all these new sounds he or she is taking in, your voice will be the most familiar and comforting. After all, your …

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3 childbirth myths: Busted!

Let's call a spade a spade: When it comes to childbirth, Hollywood almost always gets it wrong. If your knowledge of labor and delivery is largely informed by what you've seen on the big screen, then you're in for a surprise or two. Here are some of the biggest myths about giving birth that movies perpetuate: Myth No. 1: Labor begins with your water breaking We all know the scene: A woman and her partner are out shopping. One minute she's absolutely fine, and the next she's looking wide-eyed …

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Are late-term babies born smarter?

Adding to the great induction debate A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests the length of your pregnancy may have an impact on baby’s brain. The research, led by Dr. David Figlio at Northwestern University, studied more than 1.5 million children in Florida.The three-year study involved single birth children born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation between 1998 and 2013. Eighty percent of the participants attended public school.The details Researchers looked to …

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12 baby names inspired by summertime

Let the sunshine, fresh blooms, and long lazy days of summer inspire you on your quest to find the perfect name for your son or daughter. Taking a cue from our warmest season, we’ve compiled 12 names that pay homage to summertime. Girls Helene: Subtle, sweet, and classic, this French name translates to “light of the sun.”Meadow: Bring to mind a lush green field and beautiful flowers each time you call out to your little one.June: More than just a month on the calendar, June is …

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Have a happier baby, lose the baby weight and save $1000 (seriously!)

I know this sounds like a bad sales pitch, but I have nothing to sell and this really is true. Over 95 percent of parents are doing something that has long standing negative implications for their entire family. When you are a new parent, it’s hard to have to think through every decision, particularly when it seems to work for everyone else. This week’s video shares this unfortunately common misstep. I will show you how to not just follow the herd and instead support your family to …

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7 truths you’ll uncover during your baby’s first year

You start preparing for motherhood the moment you find out you're pregnant. From delivery to your little one's first birthday, you may be asking yourself "how am I going to survive all of this?"We won't lie - being a mother is one difficult job, but a job that you'll adapt to and figure out as it happens. It's impossible to plan for everything at once, and learning how to go with the flow will be your new plan of action. Here's what you'll discover along the way: You're …

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Ricki Lake says, ‘Choose your own birth’

Forget trends, statistics, and peer pressure. Go ahead and have your best birth Many people think of me as an advocate for natural birth and midwifery care—and I am. However, while I have made choices in my own life that support that position, I am first and foremost an advocate for every woman to find a way to experience her best birth. If the ideal birth plan for you includes acupuncture and a warm bath leading to an at-home delivery, you should have the freedom to explore that …

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Baby names: Do you let friends, family sway you?

For some reason, my husband thinks it’s his “turn” to name the next baby.First of all, I’m not pregnant—so, Mom, if you’re reading this, remain calm. Second of all, I can assure you, I never agreed to this arrangement and was unaware that we were alternating the naming of our children like some kind of household chore.Let me explain.Naming our first-born was easy. My husband’s a Junior who’d always dreamt of having a Third to gloat over. The “Thurston Howell” …

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