Episiotomy: The ‘little snip’ you probably don’t need

No woman in her right mind would enter into an episiotomy willingly. But that's precisely the problem - in the throes of labor, no woman is in her right mind. Blame it on adrenaline, the intense vulnerability of childbirth or the hunger for an end to labor. No matter the reason behind a woman's consent of it, data show doctors performing this controversial snip on more than eleven percent of moms-to-be. What is it?An episiotomy is a procedure that involves cutting into the area …

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Asthma and pregnancy: Why treatment can’t wait

Short of breath? It's time to get that asthma in check. For a woman who has a history of this disease, the key to a healthy pregnancy is managing her symptoms under a doctor's care. Asthma is common, treatable and poses no additional risks to your developing baby - just as long as you're fastidious about treatment.Why treatment mattersYou may be well accustomed to shortness of breath and wheezing, but now that you're pregnant it's not the time to soldier through. Even …

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Morning sickness: What to do when it won’t go away

The thing that makes morning sickness halfway tolerable during pregnancy is its relatively short timeline. For the 80 percent of expectant moms who suffer through it, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Nausea and vomiting ease up typically once the first trimester is through - leaving moms-to-be feeling healthy and energized. But for some women, their experience with morning sickness pushes past the first trimester and into the second and third. If you're in the latter camp, …

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5 sweet and funny movies to watch while pregnant

Get the popcorn popping! We have five movies to veg out to while you wait for delivery day.'Baby Boom' (1987)Genre: Comedy Stars: Diane Keaton, Sam ShepardKeaton's J.C. Wiatt is a high-powered business executive whose life plays out in the board room - that is, until she inherits her deceased cousin's baby. Shocked and totally unprepared, Wiatt's life unravels hilariously. It's not long before motherhood has completely consumed her, causing her to lose her job …

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When is the biggest baby-making season? (infographic)

It’s cold and snowy today across most of America. Perfect weather for staying home and finding low cost and enjoyable ways to stay warm and entertained. Common wisdom has always been that this kind of weather brings on the babies. Taking a look at the actual data from the CDC shows Americans find late Autumn to be the most romantic, and fertile, time of year. So, if you’re trying to make a baby right now, maybe you just have the timing wrong and need to wait until the leaves are …

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How to Change your Husband! (or Wife)

Don't you wish you could change your husband or wife at times?! As much as I love my partner, there are a few things they do that deeply annoy me. Unfortunately, our efforts to change others usually stink. Sure, we need to accept them for who they are, but we also need to be able to work as a dynamic team and that takes each of us changing how we act to make the family thrive. In this week's video, I share one really bad thing that most all of us do and two great ways to get your partner to …

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Blame it on the bump: 5 times your pregnancy gets you off scot-free

Pregnant women have a lot to deal with: There's mood swings and morning sickness, an ever-changing body and heartburn. And the stress of bringing new life into this world? Don't even get us started! But while pregnancy may get you down from time-to-time, there are more reasons than not to love this season of your life. For one, your growing baby can get you out of a number of jams. Here are five times when blaming your pregnancy is OK.FatiguePregnancy has a way of slowing us …

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8 most common food cravings

While you're in the early stages of pregnancy, you may begin to wonder about all those cravings you've heard about.When will they start? Will I really make my husband go in the middle of the night to get me ice cream? What's all the fuss about pickles?Well, pregnancy cravings are different from regular cravings you get. Once you begin craving a specific food item, it isn't going to go away until you satisfy it. That means you really might need your husband to make a grocery …

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Facebook readers share the one thing they’d change about their pregnancy

There are chapters in our lives that we wish we could go back and do something differently. During pregnancy, there's a lot that you go through such as morning sickness all the way to how you delivered that some women wish they could change. Of course, you have no control whether or not you get morning sickness, it's just something that happens. What you can do, however, is adjust how you handle it. Morning sickness can leave you feeling like you'll never be able to muster …

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Week 35: The pregnancy home stretch!

You finally made it to the home stretch of your pregnancy. You've only got five weeks left - and there's a lot to be excited about.Your changing lifeAs you reach the end of your pregnancy, you may notice that on top of your excitement, fear is starting to set in. Being nervous about labor, delivery and bringing your little babe home is normal and every woman goes through it, so there's no reason to think you're being dramatic.Your weekly doctor appointments likely include a …

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