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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The 4 sex surprises of pregnancy

Giving all new meaning to the phrase pregnant pause, these four surprises may prompt you to put a pin in your sex life for now. But you don't have to. If you have your doctor's OK to proceed, then don't let these situations keep you and your partner from hitting the sheets. Cramps That orgasm may come with a downside. During pregnancy, climaxing during sex may bring on mild uterine contractions which can feel similar to menstrual cramps. While it may be uncomfortable, there's usually …

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Your safe pregnancy exercise checklist

Once upon a time, pregnant moms were told to keep off their feet and avoid exercise, but today’s experts say quite the contrary. “Exercise is great. I recommend it,” says Barbara Dehn, a nurse practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area with more than 20 years experience.Walking is a good mom-to-be workout, but marathon runners and other fitness fans need not downsize to strolling, Dehn says. Here are a few pregnancy exercise guidelines to keep in mind:You sweat more …

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Good eats: 6 perfect foods for your pregnancy!

Eating right during pregnancy can be daunting, especially when you have to master a restricted menu and battle morning sickness. Just ask Mara Palcisco of Loveland, OH.When she learned she was pregnant, the systems engineer happily gave up her Tuesday night wine-and-sushi dinners with the girls from work. But while Palcisco’s ob/gyn provided a list of forbidden foods, the doctor was vague about what she should eat. So Palcisco often doubted her choices. And during the first trimester, …

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