New poll: Will you keep working after childbirth?

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Top 5 healthy living habits to take up during pregnancy

If you just found out you're pregnant or are already planning the best days to get pregnant so you can conceive, it's time to reevaluate your lifestyle. You need to make sure that your habits are healthy enough to not only support your unborn child, but enable you to handle carrying and giving birth to your baby. Healthy living is the name of the game, but there's a lot that goes into a healthy lifestyle, making it difficult to figure out which habits are the most important. To give you a …

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4 steps to prevent divorce

It is really sad that half of us will get divorced.And a huge percentage of those of us who stay married are simply enduring bad relationships.We all think we are different, but the reality is that maintaining a long-term happy relationship takes real skills.This week’s video gives you 4 concrete steps every couple should be doing from the start to support their relationship to thrive.And a couple of stories of how I have struggled and survived in my relationship.Watch …

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Why creating a will now that you’re pregnant can’t wait

You've created your baby registry and decorated the nursery. Diapers and wipes are stocked and your birth plan is at the ready. You're all set for baby, right? Not so fast. If you and your partner haven't made time to create a will, you may be missing a crucial step in preparing for your child's future.A will is a legally binding document that lays out provisions for divvying up your estate once you've passed away. Sure, it's not a pleasant thought - but it's the responsible thing to do to …

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Meet the Pregnancy Magazine Moms

Every day, we have the pleasure of interacting with hundreds of moms and moms-to-be. Through emails and comments, we are the grateful recipients of your joyful stories. We listen to your fears and worries about motherhood (and we pass many of them on for answering to our partners, the experts at Brigham and Women's Hospital). We share in your delight as your babies grow from week to week—and we love seeing the end results of your journey, too—the beautiful babies you've welcomed into your …

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Why do pregnant women have a bionic sense of smell?

Have you ever been around a pregnant co-worker who asked you to take your lunch to the break room or tone your perfume down a bit? While it might've seemed annoying at the time, now that you're a first time mother getting ready for baby, you can probably see where she was coming from. During a pregnancy, smells that used to go totally undetected or scents that you always enjoyed might start to really offend your nose. What's up with this bionic sense of smell? Blame it on the hormones ... …

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Science of why dads are important

Countless studies have shown that having an engaged father greatly increases a child’s chances of having a good life.But why? What is it that dads do that matters so much?If we are familiar with the most crucial aspects then we can focus and make sure to be there for our kids in the best ways possible.This week’s video explores the psychological science behind fatherhood and will help you hone in on how to be a great dad.Watch more videos at Full Frontal …

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Actress Emily Blunt: “I forget I’m even pregnant”

Actress Emily Blunt (of The Devil Wears Prada and Edge of Tomorrow fame) opened up to C Magazine on the stark differences between pregnancy with her first child and her second.Blunt and her husband, actor John Krasinski, married in 2010. Four years later, in 2014 the pair welcomed a daughter, Hazel, into their family. Now, the countdown is on as the Krasinski-Blunt clan awaits baby #2. Here's what the actress had to say about her latest pregnancy:“The first pregnancy is the most …

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Can you make baby smarter before birth?

Expectant mothers want to get everything right. We try to eat right, and pray that there are no complications. We stay away from caffeine and fruits sprayed with pesticides and pop DHA supplements. We do everything to give our babies a head start—and it’s happening earlier and earlier.Too early for some, in fact, Jen Taylor, a pharmacist in Richmond, VA, who has a 7 year old and an 18 month old, says that pregnant mothers worry too much about what they should be doing, which …

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How to make the most of your epidural

You know the exchange heard more often than not when you’re dishing post-delivery: Did you get the drugs? Oh, yes. But although the epidural is the labor pain–control method of choice for American women, like any medication, it has side effects:pesky ones like itching and shivering, and uneven spreading, when the drug pools on one side of the body. Yet a few tricks can minimize these side effects—and maximize the epidural’s benefits.The latest advance in epidural anesthesia …

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