How to prepare for your first baby’s birth

Here comes baby! Consider this your indispensable guide to prepping yourself in those final days before the birth. Here's what to check off your to-do list: Learning to breathe Maybe just as important as the techniques they teach you in birthing class are the friends you meet. Lamaze class is a great place to connect with other couples with babies the same age. At my class, we saw a few graphic videos, learned a few breathing techniques, and got a bunch of numbers. I’m not sure how much we …

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Bunnies By the Bay Glad Dreams Coat

This adorable gift set arrived and my heart swooned when I opened it. The set contains a beautiful cream-colored faux fur swing coat, a bunny muff, and an adorable hat in the same faux fur material with bunny ears. The quality of the items is superb – everything is well made and the fabric is the softest material on the outside with a soft satiny finish on the inside. This is truly one of those gifts you will want to treasure as a keepsake, yet the fact that the items are all machine …

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Shorter moms have shorter pregnancies

This just in: Your height may play a role in determining when you go into labor. A new study published this summer in the journal PLOS Medicine linked a mother’s height to her chances for preterm birth. The study, out of the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, found that the shorter the woman, the shorter her pregnancy may be. Why this matters In the United States, around 500,000 babies are born prematurely each year. In fact, the U.S. has one of the …

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The simple, (almost) painless procedure that may kick-start labor

Has your due date come and gone with no signs of your little one? Talk to your doctor or midwife about performing a membrane sweep. What is it? When we talk about inducing labor, we generally refer to two camps: On one side, there's the natural, at-home remedies that are questionable in their efficacy. These include eating hot, spicy foods, massaging pressure points and ingesting castor oil. On the other end, there are in-hospital procedures such as administering Pitocin by IV, breaking your …

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Preparing your pet for baby’s arrival

Bringing home a new baby is not just an adjustment for you - it's a major lifestyle change for your dog or cat too. Ensure your furry friend feels loved and cared for once baby arrives - and minimize any misbehaving or acting out - by working with your pet throughout your pregnancy. Ease him or her into the idea of a new family member with these simple steps: Simple commands Before delivery day, make sure your dog responds to simple commands - sit and stay being the most important among them. …

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How to design a multipurpose nursery

Living large in a small space by HGTV host and interior design expert Krista Watterworth  Photography by Luciana Pampalone  As if the excitement of being pregnant isn’t enough to ponder! What about trying to figure out how to fit your little cherub into a tiny space? Whether you have a small house, a modest apartment, or just need to be creative with your planning, here are some easy suggestions for creating a beautiful nursery that’s also functional.You can alleviate some …

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How to relieve dizziness during pregnancy

If pregnancy has you feeling as if the room's spinning, you're not the only one. Dizziness is one of the most common symptoms for pregnant women and usually takes effect in the first trimester. Blame these spins on surging hormones that wreak havoc on the shape and size of your blood vessels. While less common, second trimester dizziness may also be caused by a growing uterus putting pressure on your blood vessels. Whatever may be at the root of the problem, there are some simple steps you can …

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How you can deal with pregnancy melasma

As if you needed another reason to slather on SPF daily, doctors suggest that a full-spectrum sunscreen may ward off melasma while you're expecting. Often referred to as "the mask of pregnancy," melasma is a discoloration or pigmentation of the skin. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, it affects nearly 70 percent of all pregnant women. Spurred by surging hormones and aggravated by sun exposure, it most often darkens the skin around the lips, forehead and …

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1 Key to being a Great Mom

Women's natural instincts to be great moms can unfortunately lead to a real imbalance in the family and cause a lot of unnecessary suffering. So often in today's homes, the women are overburdened with parenting responsibilities while the men feel like second class parents. Fortunately, it's quite possible to prevent this painful dynamic and support your family to thrive. This week's video shows the mom's what they can do to help their half of the equation. Watch more including the …

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Pilates in Pregnancy with Bree Turner

Like prenatal yoga, Pilates can help you connect with your body during pregnancy—and reduce your aches and pains. A system of strengthening and stretching exercises created nearly 100 years ago, Pilates is a complete workout that concentrates on your “powerhouse”—the stomach, hips, lower back, and buttocks—where your body needs to be strongest to support a growing baby and maintain good posture. Pilates also improves flexibility and tones the pelvic floor, helping you stay fit and get …

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