Why creating a will now that you’re pregnant can’t wait

You've created your baby registry and decorated the nursery. Diapers and wipes are stocked and your birth plan is at the ready. You're all set for baby, right? Not so fast. If you and your partner haven't made time to create a will, you may be missing a crucial step in preparing for your child's future.A will is a legally binding document that lays out provisions for divvying up your estate once you've passed away. Sure, it's not a pleasant thought - but it's the responsible thing to do to …

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Meet the Pregnancy Magazine Moms

Every day, we have the pleasure of interacting with hundreds of moms and moms-to-be. Through emails and comments, we are the grateful recipients of your joyful stories. We listen to your fears and worries about motherhood (and we pass many of them on for answering to our partners, the experts at Brigham and Women's Hospital). We share in your delight as your babies grow from week to week—and we love seeing the end results of your journey, too—the beautiful babies you've welcomed into your …

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Why do pregnant women have a bionic sense of smell?

Have you ever been around a pregnant co-worker who asked you to take your lunch to the break room or tone your perfume down a bit? While it might've seemed annoying at the time, now that you're a first time mother getting ready for baby, you can probably see where she was coming from. During a pregnancy, smells that used to go totally undetected or scents that you always enjoyed might start to really offend your nose. What's up with this bionic sense of smell? Blame it on the hormones ... …

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Science of why dads are important

Countless studies have shown that having an engaged father greatly increases a child’s chances of having a good life.But why? What is it that dads do that matters so much?If we are familiar with the most crucial aspects then we can focus and make sure to be there for our kids in the best ways possible.This week’s video explores the psychological science behind fatherhood and will help you hone in on how to be a great dad.Watch more videos at Full Frontal …

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Actress Emily Blunt: “I forget I’m even pregnant”

Actress Emily Blunt (of The Devil Wears Prada and Edge of Tomorrow fame) opened up to C Magazine on the stark differences between pregnancy with her first child and her second.Blunt and her husband, actor John Krasinski, married in 2010. Four years later, in 2014 the pair welcomed a daughter, Hazel, into their family. Now, the countdown is on as the Krasinski-Blunt clan awaits baby #2. Here's what the actress had to say about her latest pregnancy:“The first pregnancy is the most …

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Can you make baby smarter before birth?

Expectant mothers want to get everything right. We try to eat right, and pray that there are no complications. We stay away from caffeine and fruits sprayed with pesticides and pop DHA supplements. We do everything to give our babies a head start—and it’s happening earlier and earlier.Too early for some, in fact, Jen Taylor, a pharmacist in Richmond, VA, who has a 7 year old and an 18 month old, says that pregnant mothers worry too much about what they should be doing, which …

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How to make the most of your epidural

You know the exchange heard more often than not when you’re dishing post-delivery: Did you get the drugs? Oh, yes. But although the epidural is the labor pain–control method of choice for American women, like any medication, it has side effects:pesky ones like itching and shivering, and uneven spreading, when the drug pools on one side of the body. Yet a few tricks can minimize these side effects—and maximize the epidural’s benefits.The latest advance in epidural anesthesia …

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4 reasons why spring pregnancies are the best

Now that the world outside our windows is finally blooming and turning green, there's no better time to be an expectant mom. If you and your partner just got your first positive pregnancy test, you'll be pleased to know there are a number of reasons to enjoy pregnancy in the springtime. Here are just a few: Fresh food During spring and summer, groceries and farmers markets are brimming with juicy fruits, dark, leafy greens and more fresh produce than you could ever hope to consume. The …

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How to protect your relationship from pregnancy mood swings

Your husband or your hormones? Back in the day, you were able to tolerate coming home to dirty dishes piled sky-high in the sink, even though your husband swore he would do them. You could overlook how he forgot to pick up the dry cleaning – for the umpteenth time this month. Now that you’re pregnant, his actions have gone way past mildly annoying to totally irritating, and you’re about ready to explode.Unfortunately, as tempting as it is to blame your partner for your bad mood, …

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Single and pregnant? You’re not the only one

We all make plans as to how our lives will go, but oftentimes the path we map out isn't the one on which we eventually land. Single parenthood is no small task, and being pregnant and single is no walk in the park either. Whether you chose to get pregnant on your own or popped a surprise bun into your oven, having someone around to lend a hand is nice, but not having one isn't the end of the world. There is plenty of single mother support out there if you know where to look. Reach out  The …

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