Wake up! Say so long to pregnancy fatigue

Are you sleep-walking through your first trimester? If so, you're in good company. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent side effects of pregnancy, with more than half of all expectant moms fighting to get out of bed in the morning. Here's the lowdown on why you're so tired and what you can do about it:What's the deal?Growing a tiny life form is grueling work, so it's no wonder you're exhausted. In the first trimester, when fatigue is most common, your body is putting all …

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6 things that may surprise you about childbirth

After nine months of careful planning and studying, there are some things about labor, delivery and those first fresh hours of motherhood that may still surprise you. Here are six to take note of:1. There are two deliveriesUltrasound technology is top notch these days, making a surprise twin a very unlikely scenario. So, no, we're not referring to multiples here - instead, we're talking about the placenta. After every delivery, a brand new mom must then push out baby's life source - …

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Simple, safe ways to soothe pregnancy back pain right now

Does back pain have you scrambling for the Tylenol bottle? If so, you're not alone. An aching back is one of the most common symptoms during pregnancy, with more than 2 million expectant moms affected every year.What's the deal?Just like most uncomfortable symptoms while gestating, pregnancy hormones are partially to blame. While your little one grows, your body is hard at work manufacturing a hormone called relaxin. Relaxin prepares your body for the birth process, loosening ligaments …

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Inductions lead to C-sections? A new report says ‘No more’

Talk to any natural birth advocate and he or she is bound to start in on the evils of labor induction. For years, the party line has been that one intervention during labor and delivery just snowballs and leads to another. While this may have a kernel of truth to it, a new report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concludes that being induced doesn't increase your odds of the ultimate intervention - a Cesarean.This report should come as welcome news for any …

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The ultimate pre-baby bucket list

You've likely heard it a thousand times: Once baby arrives, life as you know it is going to change. While you're eager for all the joy and wonder a new life brings, you want to send your pre-baby days off in style, don't you? We have six ways to do just that. Read on for fun, creative ways to spend your pre-baby days.1. Lounge aroundSleep in, take luxurious afternoon naps and otherwise commit one day to lounging around your home. Once your little one arrives, sleep may come in …

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How to kick pregnancy constipation to the curb

What goes on in the bathroom stays in the bathroom, which is why no one seems to talk about one of the least pleasant side effects of pregnancy - constipation. If you've just received a positive pregnancy test, you're most likely wondering why nothing's happening down there. Let's talk about why this happens and what you can do to get more comfortable.The back storyConstipation is not a subject matter people clamor to discuss. It can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and …

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New report says organic milk is bad for babies

The type of milk you drink could affect your baby's intelligence. At least that's what a recent study out of the U.K. suggests, claiming that organic varieties leave our little ones at a deficit, even well before they begin drinking the stuff. Researchers say that organic milk contains far less iodine than its conventional counterparts - as much as a third less. But why does it matter? Because iodine is essential to healthy brain development in the womb. A decrease in this key mineral …

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How to keep strangers out of your baby’s nursery

So you added a video monitor to your baby registry? If so, you could be inviting strangers into your nursery. Late last year, news broke of a Russian website streaming content from unsecured webcams in the U.S. and U.K. To many a parent's horror, some of these hacked cameras were broadcasting live from babies' rooms. It's enough to make you want to unplug every single device in your home, right? Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure your baby's nursery …

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New drug guidelines mean peace of mind for moms-to-be

The Food and Drug Administration is set to make important updates to prescription labels for pregnant women. These revisions will be the first since 1979. The medical community is hopeful that these updates will help ensure expectant moms get the health care they need while managing chronic conditions with medications throughout pregnancy.To make sense of the push behind these updates, consider your own pregnancy: How many times have you skipped Tylenol for a headache because you thought …

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Can pregnancy keep you young?

Is pregnancy the new anti-aging miracle? A new report out from the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem is claiming so. Scientists involved with the study say that sharing a bloodstream with a growing baby can help keep women's bodies young. That makes you feel better about that aching back and swollen ankles, now doesn't it?The detailsTurning the spotlight on a group of pregnant and non-pregnant mice, medical researchers found some surprising results. After performing a liver …

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