New quiz: Pregnancy vocabulary

Raise your hand if being pregnant has ever felt like sitting through a 9-month science class. How much of the terminology and concepts do you know? Take our quiz to find out and test your level of preparedness!

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There I said it: I don’t want a baby boy

I grew up in a family of women - even the dog was female. I have never had any idea what to expect from a little boy. So, when my husband and I found out we’d be parents in 2014, I knew exactly what I wanted: A baby girl. When it was time for my second trimester anatomy scan, I held my breath in that little dark room, waiting for the technician to find the parts I’d been praying for.You see, I’d pinned so much hope and joy onto this moment that I was doubly afraid for the opposite …

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Adele admits motherhood is hard

In her first interview in three years, award-winning songstress, Adele, opens up about her new role as mom. Turns out that even record-breaking musicians have it tough when it comes to raising a little one - prompting moms the world over to say, sing it, sister! Here's an excerpt from the interview: "I thought   does it, how hard can it be?' I had no idea. It is hard but it's phenomenal. It's the greatest thing I ever did... He makes me feel young and there's nothing more grounding than …

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Creative ideas for dealing with jerks during pregnancy

Recently I attended a wedding where the bride and groom had assembled a colorful candy bar; glass jars glittered with gum balls, licorice, and Lemonheads. But instead of scooping up Jelly Bellies, the guests’ hands were all over the belly of an expectant mom who was 38 weeks along. I watched her wince as people mauled her midsection and then turned back to their food, drinks, and dancing.It’s one of the planet’s most predictable phenomena: As soon as you start showing, …

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Top five pregnancy concerns of moms-to-be

Pregnancy is a time filled with excitement and changes but for many new moms, the journey can be overwhelming. I see many new expecting mothers in my office who, naturally, have many questions about each trimester, including what to expect, what’s considered normal, and what they should be doing differently. There are a few questions that seem to come up time and time again, covering everything from prenatal testing to breastfeeding. The top five concerns of new moms-to-be are:Nutrition: …

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Bleeding during pregnancy: When to worry and when to relax

During pregnancy, there’s nothing scarier than spotting a drop of blood down there. Especially during the first trimester, when your hormones are surging and the risk of miscarriage is at its peak, finding blood in your underwear can spell instant panic. While you should always consult your health care provider with any medical concerns or sudden changes, here’s when it’s generally safe to take a chill pill and press pause on that panic: Implantation Newly pregnant? It’s perfectly …

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1 foolproof tip for naming your baby

When my wife was pregnant with our first child, we toiled through every online baby-name generator available to find the perfect moniker. My wife also purchased every baby-name book, mainly because she isn’t familiar with the concept of a library...and because of the human inability to resist purchasing anything marketed to first-time parents.Selecting your baby’s name can be an awe-inspiring experience, but it has a dark side. There are some terrible, hideous names out …

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4 genius ways to make the most of your second trimester

The second trimester is a promised land where nausea and fatigue no longer rule your life. If you're like most women, it will be the most enjoyable—and comfortable—stage of pregnancy. Here's how to make the most of this precious phase: Connect with your mate Make an effort to bond with your partner before the realities of new parenthood set in. “Do fun things together that don’t involve talking about the baby,” advises Ann Douglas, mom of four and author of The Mother of All …

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New poll: What’s your pregnancy diet like?

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5 tips for beating pregnancy headaches

Are headaches getting the best of you now that you have a baby on the way? You’re not the only one. Headaches are one of the most common pregnancy-related symptoms, usually flaring up during the first and third trimesters.What’s to blame? While your body is busy growing and developing your little one, you experience a surge in hormones and blood volume. This, coupled with stress, sleep deprivation, and even poor eating can usher in a wave of headaches that seem hard to beat.While …

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