How to have a Good Fight – 4 Keys

I hate fighting! I hate how quickly I can go from adoring my wife to vehemently opposing her. But fights happen. Fortunately, research has shown that couples that fight are more likely to stay together longer. Unfortunately, most of us fight in a really detrimental and destructive manner that greatly harms the entire family. As a marriage & family therapist, I have a front row seat to what helps fights go well. I've collected a number of tools that help my wife & I to fight more …

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Want to make labor easier? Exercise during pregnancy is the answer!

You're going to gain weight during pregnancy, it's inevitable, but you can exercise to help keep you in shape, make labor easier and avoid packing on too many pounds. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise during pregnancy can help to ease or even prevent back pain as well as other discomforts you're bound to experience, boost your mood and energy levels, help you sleep better, increase your stamina and muscle strength and prevent excess weight gain. In addition to these …

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Molly Sims Attends Book Release Party in Beverly Hills

Molly Sims was all smiles as she left the book release party for Dr. Michele Hakakha’s 3rd Edition Book: Expecting 411 on Sunday.The mama-to-be was beautiful in a full length floral dress and gladiator sandals.   Molly was joined at the event by Kerry Washington, Vanessa Lachey and Rachel Zoe.She shared a photo of the group on Instagram along with a note, “Love celebrating my Ob/Gyn Dr Michelle Hakakha’s book @Expecting411 @baby411 #Womensday @dr_mumu #greatbook @RachelZoe …

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Why your baby’s worth the wait

Oh, to live in a world where we could control every variable to our liking! From choosing our future child's gender to cherry-picking his or her genetic makeup, the idea of deciding so much of our lives seems a bit more science fiction than reality. That is, except where the actual delivery is concerned.For decades, women and their doctors have been deciding when to birth their babies. Whether to fit within a busy schedule, stave off extra weight gain or escape the last treacherous weeks …

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How to have a Baby & Still have Sex – 5 Keys

Babies can devastate your sex life and if you aren't careful, destroy your relationship. Here are 5 Keys to thriving in this tough time. The birth of my child was mind-blowing, but my sex life took a big hit. Sex is our way to play, to be close, to feel wanted and loved. Having those moments of connection makes the inherently difficult moments of parenting a lot more manageable. But having a baby almost always means a drastically reduced sex life. If this isn't directly managed, it can be …

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Why high blood pressure in pregnancy matters

At each prenatal appointment, you'll notice the nurse taking and recording your blood pressure. Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will monitor your pressure, making sure the top and bottom numbers don't rise above 140 and 90 respectively.What's all the fuss?Whether you had high blood pressure prior to conceiving, or it's cropped up now that you're pregnant, your health care provider will want to keep it in check. Allowing your blood pressure to go …

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Breaking news: Ease labor pain with vitamin D

Worried about how you'll manage the pain of childbirth? Your doctor or midwife may prescribe more sunshine. Recent research from the American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests vitamin D may help ease labor pains.For years, the medical world has tied vitamin D deficiency to higher rates of depression, anxiety and pain. But now, this new study correlates low vitamin D levels with more pain medication during labor. The more depleted your vitamin D stores are, the more medication …

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How to Baby Proof your Marriage

I was really scared and super excited when my wife was pregnant with my daughter. Fortunately, my defensive response to anxiety is to educate and plan. The planning we did made the first year of parenting a remarkable joy. Unfortunately, that first year is hell for far too many new parents. So many divorces happen because of the trauma of those challenging months. In this week's video, I share 6 steps we took that made a huge difference. Watch more videos at …

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Feeling down? 5 ways to feel your best during pregnancy

Remember that old adage, "When you look good, you feel good?" Well, it's both an apt statement and a tall order in the first months of pregnancy. In those beginning weeks, while you and your partner guard your little secret, you're most likely keeping your news under wraps. You don't have to tell us how you feel, either, what with morning sickness, fatigue and an onslaught of blemishes. All that being said, we hear you - any help you can get looking and feeling your …

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Episiotomy: The ‘little snip’ you probably don’t need

No woman in her right mind would enter into an episiotomy willingly. But that's precisely the problem - in the throes of labor, no woman is in her right mind. Blame it on adrenaline, the intense vulnerability of childbirth or the hunger for an end to labor. No matter the reason behind a woman's consent of it, data show doctors performing this controversial snip on more than eleven percent of moms-to-be. What is it?An episiotomy is a procedure that involves cutting into the area …

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