Pregnant? It’s time to rethink your Facebook posts

Add this to the list of items to nix now that you're pregnant: Over sharing on social media. Not only do your online pals not want to hear about another row with morning sickness - but by laying off Facebook posts, you may be doing best for baby too.As if we really needed a study to confirm it, researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed the nation to talk about over sharing parents on social media. The results are hardly surprising: Parents talk way too much about their kids …

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The surprising thing your newborn leaves behind in your body

Perhaps to prime us for a lifetime of our children leaving things behind, it turns out that babies shed fetal cells before being born. These cells live inside the mother's body, even years after a child has been delivered - meaning that as moms, we carry a physical piece of our babies with us wherever we go. Sounds sweet, doesn't it?Researchers don't quite know what these cells mean for moms. One thought is that they exist to help ensure that mom's body doesn't reject a …

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Why you should stay away from sweets in your last trimester

Junk food addiction sounds like good fodder for a sketch comedy skit. Yet, women all over the nation are priming their babies to become fiends for high-fat, high-sugar diets later in life. And the results aren't so funny.The medical field has long known that an unhealthy diet during pregnancy can have negative effects on baby. Now, new research out of the University of Adelaide suggests that moms-to-be have a shot at turning this situation around.Focusing on good, healthy eating late in …

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Pregnancy hormones strike dad, too

Sure, you're the one with the growing baby bump, but there are changes afoot for dad-to-be too. He may not be battling pregnancy acne or suffering swollen ankles, but your partner has his own set of prenatal shifts happening inside his body. Just as these fluctuations affect women and cause symptoms such as morning sickness, mood swings, hair growth and more, discovering they'll soon be bringing home a baby, causes real, physical changes in dads too.The detailsAn extensive study …

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Healthy diet, healthy child – even years later

What can you do to ensure your child stays healthy years down the line? Take care of yourself before and during pregnancy. This advice is nothing new, but across the pond in England, a new report shows that the vast majority of health care providers don't monitor or advise women on health, nutrition and exercise.This study, released by the Infant and Toddler Forum, called doctors, midwives and parents alike to view preconception and pregnancy as a "window of opportunity" that …

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A Pregnant Zooey Deschanel Lunches With Friends in LA

A pregnant Zooey Deschanel was spotted at Hugo’s Restaurant in the Studio City with her fiancé Jacob Pechenik and some friends on Friday.The actress, who is currently in her third trimester, hid her growing belly under a blue double breasted jacket.The couple, who met in July 2014 while working on their film, Rock The Casbah, are set to become parents for the first time this Spring.Zooey is, however, still filming the 4th season of New Girl so the production crew will have to …

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Ways For Pregnant Women To Keep Fit

I’m pregnant with my second child and I am doing this pregnancy a little differently. When I was pregnant with my son four years ago, I didn’t do a whole lot of exercising. Unless you count making brownies and then eating the entire pan of said brownies as exercise . This time around I’m making a point to stay more active, so today I wanted to share some great exercises for pregnant women!-Walking. Walking is actually one of the best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women. It’s …

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3 tips for the pregnant job interview

As if job hunting weren't stressful enough, adding a pregnancy into the mix can really complicate things. In 1978, the U.S. government passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which barred companies from denying expectant mothers jobs based on their pregnancies. But it isn't always so simple. Are you in the middle of a job search of your own? Take our tips for interviewing while expecting:Choose the right timeChoosing when to disclose your pregnancy is key. If you're in your …

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Home to hospital: How to find comfort during labor

Bring the comforts of home to the hospital and help usher in calm relaxation while you labor. Home is where we feel our safest. It's where we unwind at the end of a hectic day - and the place we're eager to retreat to when times are tough. So, it makes good sense that bringing a bit of that safe haven with you to the hospital will help ward off fear that can impede progression during birthing. Here's how to have a taste of a home birth, from the safety of a hospital setting:Stay …

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Prenatal exercise gives baby’s heart a boost too

Here's yet another reason to hit the gym during pregnancy: Prenatal exercise is not only healthy for mom's heart, but baby's too. It turns out, taking up a regular fitness routine can lower your baby's risk of cardiovascular disease down the line, according to new research out of Michigan State University.This news is particularly useful for women at risk for pre-term birth, as underweight babies often suffer from high blood pressure. If left untreated, high blood pressure …

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