4 real dads talk childbirth

Everyone knows that mother and baby are the stars of the childbirth show. But dad plays an essential supporting role. He often has the best vantage point to watch the whole wild story unfold. Four real dads weigh in on what it's like from his perspective. Labor “As the dad, you’re such an add-on to the whole process—you feel that way throughout the pregnancy, and then labor is just the culmination of it. I definitely felt a little guilty. Here’s my wife, in miserable pain for 30 hours …

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Enjoy your first pregnant Thanksgiving without the extra weight gain

At first glance, Thanksgiving seems tailor-made for pregnant women. There's the abundance of food, not much of it healthful; the call for stretchy waistbands and the after-dinner nap. While pregnancy certainly means standing by as your waistline expands, the old adage that you're now eating for two is just that - old. Now, obstetricians advise women to add only an extra 300 calories to their daily intake. Additionally, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends patients …

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How To Have A Baby And Still Have Sex

Sex is a wonderful way to deeply connect and play. But babies can kill your sex life! And left unchecked this can destroy your relationship. Here are 6 things that can help you survive and even thrive through these early times.  Our sex lives really take a beating when we have our first child. If we do not respond constructively to this, our relationships can crumble in the face of not having this opportunity to connect with our partners. Sex is our way to play. It is our way to …

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What having a baby REALLY feels like

When I was in my third trimester, the burning question on my mind was, “How will I know when I’m in labor? What will it feel like?” Now I know every labor, like every baby, is unique. But here’s the insider’s perspective on what childbirth felt like for four real moms. Labor “The shifting sensations are hard to navigate— you’re sweating like crazy and then you’re freezing cold. I remember desperately wanting to stand up, even though the doctors wanted me to lie back. It felt …

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Special report: Labor induction – what you need to know

Are you anxiously awaiting the spontaneous announcement from both your body and your baby that it’s time to deliver? Or would you rather put the big day on the calendar and have control over your baby’s birth date? Today, you have a choice. According to recent statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 21 percent of all deliveries in the United States are the result of an elective labor induction. This non-medically-necessary procedure is more …

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The pregnant woman’s Thanksgiving survival guide

Let's face it, the holidays, as joyous and celebratory as they are, can be the most stressful time of year. There's the forced family gatherings, budget-breaking gift shopping and holiday travel to wear us thin. Now that you have a little one on the way, these festivities have gotten a whole lot more stressful, right? Wrong. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we've compiled an easy and concise guide to surviving your first holiday with a baby on the way.If you're keeping it a …

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7 issues you have with your doc during pregnancy

Once you know the plan for every visit, interactions with your ob/gyn may seem routine. But negotiating the finer points of medical care with a doctor can be intimidating. Here’s how to keep your cool and resolve common difficulties. You’re embarrassed to open up At the first prenatal visit, your ob/gyn will expect you to reveal all sorts of intimate details, like whether you smoke, drink, or have had an abortion. But your doc is not trying to pry into your life. By being up front about …

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When baby’s sex isn’t what you wished for

What happens if you find out baby’s sex, and the news ain’t good? As soon as my husband and I left the doctor’s office after my sonogram, I called my mother to share the results: “Guess what we’re having!” “A girl!” was her predictable answer. Having grown up with sisters and raised three daughters, my mother sometimes forgot that males could be part of a family equation. When I told her we were expecting a boy, she was speechless. Her lack of enthusiasm wasn’t surprising, …

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Coco Austin Shows Off Pregnancy Bump

Nicole “Coco” Austin is giving fans a closer look at her journey to motherhood.The 36-year-old model and TV host uploaded a pair of progress photos of her sizable baby bump to Instagram on Tuesday and introduced her new baby blog. And look at all those shoes she's probably having a hard time wearing right now!Source: Coco Austin Shows Off Pregnancy Bump in Instagram Snap, Introduces Baby Blog

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Commuter wearing “Baby On Board” pin asked to prove pregnancy to get seat

Do pregnant women need to carry their maternity notes with them at all times, asks one female commuter left embarrassed after a fellow commuter challenged her.  A pregnant woman from London has been left embarrassed after a fellow Underground passenger asked her to prove her pregnancy. Raayan Zafar says a man in his 40s asked her “where is the baby?” when another commuter gave up his priority seat for her last week. Zafar was wearing her badge so passengers would know she was pregnant …

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