Having a hard time remembering? Blame it on pregnancy brain

During your pregnancy, you may find that you're spacing out on things that you would normally never forget about. Rather than being able to run out the door to do some quick errands, you're stopping in your tracks because you can't quite remember everything you needed to buy. The reason behind all of this is pregnancy brain, and yes, it's a real thing. Your friends and family have likely already warned you that you'll start to get a little foggy as your …

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7 things that might surprise you about pregnancy that you’ll be glad you knew

You think you know what you're getting into when you find out you're pregnant. You'll gain weight, your belly will get bigger and you get an adorable little gift at the end of it all. There's much more to it all than what you've heard, but you'll be surprised to find out what you can really expect. What you'll be surprised to know about pregnancy  Look out for some of these things you may not know about being pregnant: People like to touch a …

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How long were you in labor? Was it quick and easy or painful? Our Facebook readers join the conversation!

Although you're still in the early stages of your pregnancy, one of the things that's likely weighing heavily on your mind is labor. Will it be pain-free or is it really going to be what they make it look like in the movies? Don't let yourself be afraid of the unknown, especially since every woman's experience with labor is different. It is a good idea, however, to read about what to expect.In our recent Facebook post, we asked our readers about their labor process and …

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Think you might be pregnant? Look out for these early pregnancy signs

The most tell-tale sign of being pregnant is missing your period, but there are other signs that may pop up to give you the heads up that your adventure to motherhood is about to begin. Early pregnancy signs  Look out for some of these early pregnancy symptoms before a missed period when it's still too early to take a test: Shortness of breath: When your baby is growing, your body needs even more oxygen to keep up. As a result, you may find that you're short on …

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Prenatal vitamins: important to the health of your baby

As soon as you get to your first OB/GYN appointment, your doctor is going to tell you to get on prenatal vitamins.  Why do I need prenatal vitamins?  You'll need to not only eat a healthy diet during your pregnancy, but you'll need these vitamins to ensure that any nutritional gaps are fulfilled. Of course, you aren't intentionally leaving healthy food out of your diet but there are some vitamins you need extra of that you may not have always been aware …

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What you need to know about a first trimester screening

If your OB/GYN hasn't already talked to your about your first trimester screening, then you can expect to have the discussion soon while you're still in the early stages of pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, this evaluation is optional and noninvasive.For the test, a practitioner will use the results of a maternal blood sample as well as an ultrasound of your baby to determine the risk you have of delivering a child with specific abnormalities such as Down syndrome/trisomy 21 …

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Having a baby is expensive! How are you saving?

You're excited about having a baby, but worries about how you'll afford it are starting to rain on your parade. We all know babies are expensive, but you never really grasp just how much of a hole they'll burn in your pocket until they're here.According to the Department of Agriculture, a child can cost you upwards of $240,000 by the time they turn 18 - woah! Don't let this number scare you, though. If you're saving in the right ways, you can make it …

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The low-down on morning sickness and why you’re not the only one that hates it

It sometimes hits you before you even know you're pregnant - morning sickness. And it's exactly what everyone told you it is. That awful, not being able to eat, constantly-running-to-the-bathroom-to-puke feeling.You may be wondering, "when does morning sickness start?" Well, it's often one of the early pregnancy symptoms before a missed period, and often appears during the sixth week (or third week after conception).Despite it's name, morning sickness can actually …

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Moms you’ll meet in the maternity ward and beyond

No matter where you go, you'll always run into "that" mom. The one who's over-protective, annoying or downright strange. But you'll also meet moms that are funny, outgoing and more than happy to lend you advice when you ask for it.Moms you'll love, and those you'll want to avoid When you're in the maternity ward and even after you leave, there are several kinds of moms that you'll get to meet:The perfect mom: This is the woman that you don't …

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Turned off by stretch marks? Here are some tips to prevent them

Although you're still in the early stages of your pregnancy, you've probably had a few questions come to mind - "How big am I going to get?" "How bad is labor going to hurt?"But there's likely another topic that you're probably thinking about that's leading to an entirely new set of questions - stretch marks."Is there anyway to prevent them?" "Can I make them go away if I do get them?Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching of the …

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