Pregnancy flashback: What was this funny device used for?

When it comes to all matters of childbirth, we've come a long way, baby. Back in the day, monitoring your baby during labor didn’t look so slick. Here’s how things have changed as told by LawrenceD. Devoe, M.D., a professor and ob/gyn at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta who’s been in practice 39 years. Then This prenatal stethoscope (at left) dates back to the 19th century, but a similar device was actually used into the 20th. It amplifies the sound of the baby’s …

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How your baby grows and changes in the second trimester

By the time your second trimester begins, your baby has already progressed remarkably. What started as a mere clump of cells has grown into a tiny being who can now stretch, hiccup, and even sigh in your womb. Over the course of your second trimester, your baby’s growth will only gain speed as he or she races toward delivery day. Let’s take a look at some of the changes your little one’s making during these three months:Measurements: At the start of your second trimester, your baby …

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Can you drink alcohol while you’re breastfeeding?

If you're a first time mother and you've been researching information on breastfeeding as part of your newborn preparation, chances are you already have an idea of what this process entails and the kinds of things you'll need to do to make sure that your baby has all of the nutrition that he or she needs after you give birth.Breastfeeding can be a terrific way to deepen the bond that you share with your little guy or gal, which is why it's so important that you balance your baby's needs …

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What to do when your water breaks during pregnancy

There’s nothing black and white about childbirth. For one woman, the experience might last six hours, whereas another mom might labor for 37. From episiotomies to epidurals, there are variables aplenty, ensuring each woman’s experience in labor and delivery is a unique one.While movies and television like to tell us that each woman’s labor begins with a splash of amniotic fluid, real life tells another story. In fact, only 15 percent of moms experience their water breaking before …

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Will eating fish make you less stressed during pregnancy?

Getting ready for baby is enough to make any first time mom feel pretty stressed out from time to time, and with good reason!But what if there was a healthy, all-natural way of scaling back your anxiety levels and getting a rejuvenating burst of energy while you're sporting that oh-so-cute baby bump? Chances are you'd be pretty psyched, and it turns out, there's a way after all: Just eat some fish. Something fishy during pregnancy According to one Brazilian study, eating one serving of …

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Everything you ever wanted to know about pregnancy sex

It's no secret that your sex drive is about as wild as a car chase in a summer blockbuster when you're pregnant. One day you can't stand the thought of your partner touching you, while the next you're practically ready to ambush him when he walks through the door. Whether it's the furthest thing from your mind or a topic you can't stop thinking about, sex during pregnancy is something that you need to familiarize yourself with. After all, just like every other aspect of your life, your time …

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Keri Russell dishes out advice for supportive dads-to-be

Expectant mom Keri Russell, star of the cult favorite TV show The Americans, appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this week. The actress, who got her start starring on the teen drama Felicity, is pregnant with her third child with co-star Matthew Rhys. In between talking about her latest pregnancy and her hit show, Russell took time to offer the late night host some sage advice on being a supportive husband to a first-time mom-to-be: "Just say 'yes, you're right' and be so …

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5 expert tips to make childbirth easier

Giving birth is like running a marathon: You'll get better results if you prepare. In labor and delivery, your body will get the workout of a lifetime – especially your pelvic floor, the muscles that support your uterus. Prepare for the big day with these tips. When contractions start, you'll be glad you did. Step 1: Do Kegels Kegel exercises aren't just for better sex; they also improve strength and endurance in the muscles of your pelvic floor. Syed Rizvi, M.D., of the Women's Health …

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Sex drive after birth: Advice for first time mothers

A recent study looked at the average libido of new dads and first time mothers, and found that stress and fatigue can, understandably, drastically affect sex lives post-baby. However, researchers also found that new parents will experience "sexual highs" given the limited free time they have to be intimate.The report noted that while the common belief is that sexual disinterest after birth stems from a lack of attraction or breast-feeding status, it's more because new parents are just plain …

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How Men Cause Women to Nag & What They Can Do to Stop It

Nagging sucks for everyone involved, but women get all the blame for it.Men don't realize how much they do to cause the nagging and this week's video outlines what they do to cause the dynamic and what they can do to stop it so their family can get back to a more playful and healthy exchange.This video is aimed at helping men change the dynamic, but women will likely find it illuminative and may want to pass it along to their partners.Watch more videos at Full Frontal …

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