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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Breaking news: Lifesaving test pinpoints pregnancy complications

Wouldn't it be incredible if your doctor already knew your risk for developing complications at the start of your pregnancy? What may seem futuristic to us is already a reality for countless Australian women. Researchers at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute have created a set of calculations that pinpoint a woman's risk for four potentially fatal pregnancy issues - preeclampsia, preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction and gestational diabetes. These tests have …

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Advil, Tylenol or aspirin during pregnancy: is anything safe?

Like most uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy, headaches are caused partly by a surge in hormones. Whether they come in the form of added pressure or shooting pains, headaches are one of the top-reported pregnancy ailments - but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with.How you may be making the problem worseThough they can occur at any point throughout pregnancy, an increase in headaches is most common during the first trimester. This is when your body is flooded with extra …

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How to make your prenatal workouts count

Before you pack up your gym bag, know this: Keeping active throughout the day is every bit as beneficial for your body as visiting the gym. In fact, logging extra couch time may hinder the benefits of your exercise routine in the long run.For a healthy pregnancy and a smoother delivery, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. However, a preliminary study from Iowa State University finds that pregnant women may be undoing a …

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The great epidural debate: Make an informed choice

Choosing whether to submit to an epidural is one of the most contentious topics regarding childbirth. On one side of the argument stand natural childbirth proponents, who believe that medical interventions inhibit bonding and chip away at the sacredness of birth. On the other side, you'll find the pro-epidural camp who feel that anything that reduces pain during labor is a godsend. No matter your choice - epidural or not, understanding how the injection works may help you decide how to …

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The gentle approach to getting your body back postpartum

Pregnancy can really take a toll on the way we feel about our bodies. On one hand, it's hard not to be amazed at all the remarkable things the female body can do to grow and sustain life. But on the other hand, that growing belly and ever-increasing bra size sure can do some damage to our self esteem. If you're worried about how you're going to lose the baby weight and feel like yourself again once baby arrives, we've come to the rescue. With some gentle, thoughtful and healthy …

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We answer your common safety questions

If there's one question both doctors and search engines must tire of from pregnant women it's this: Is this safe? With so many dangers facing moms-to-be and their developing babies, it's no wonder women are overly cautious. While we'll never steer you away from getting guidance from your health care provider, here are a few common safety questions that may save you a phone call:For the concert-goerIf you're curious about whether it's OK to attend a noisy concert, rest …

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What Dads Really want for Father’s Day

You are right that most of us men love a new toy for Father's Day. And yes, a 'romp in the hay' can make our day! BUT that isn't what we deeply desire. Knowing what your partner truly wants and how to give it to them is a key step in supporting your family to thrive. Of course it's hard to do that on a consistent basis and that's why Father's Day is such a great opportunity. It's remarkable how a really good Father's Day can fill a man's heart for a surprising amount of time. And a Dad …

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Name-napping: How to pick a baby name without the battle

As parents, we all want to feel like we're bestowing our babies with beautiful, strong and one-of-a-kind names. Hearing that others in our circles share the same tastes can be devastating. That being said, if you're not careful, choosing a name for your little one can turn into a tug-of-war. Here's how to avoid a battle, pick a moniker you love, and do it all while keeping your sanity (and relationships) in tact.Be intentionalIf you and your partner have your hearts set on …

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C-sections are on the rise

Wondering how likely a cesarean is for your delivery? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the numbers for you. Looking back to 2013 and the 3,927,231 babies born that year, the CDC reports that 67.3 percent were born by vaginal delivery. That means 32.7 percent came into the world by C-section. That's nearly double what it was during the previous decade. Some health care professionals are shaking their heads at the increase in C-sections. Here's why:Major surgeryWe …

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