6 sweet gifts that say ‘Welcome to fatherhood’

While you're the one with the burgeoning baby belly and tiresome symptoms, it's easy to forget that dad has a role in the pregnancy experience too. He attends all of your prenatal appointments, squeezing your hand with glee at the sound of that tiny heartbeat. He's reading parenting books on the sly and researching the safest car seat around. If you're really lucky, he's rubbing your aching back, too. Let him know how much you value his partnership and support with a …

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How to Handle Women’s Emotions (And Men’s)

Women's emotional mobility is profound. But most men are responding in exactly the wrong way and turning precious moments of vulnerability into belabored experiences of suffering and conflict. Women often aren't much better at being with our vulnerability. Collectively it leads to relationships where both partners aren't sharing their inner worlds. The resulting isolation and disappointment causes countless relationships to go dead and often end in divorce. But with a few simple steps …

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Science says ‘Moms, eat your veggies’

A new report of nursing moms comes with a call-to-action: Eat your veggies. In this paper, published in the journal PLOS ONE and led by Purdue University, researchers studied the nutritional makeup of breast milk from moms in the U.S., Mexico and China."Studying the composition of human milk is one of the best guides we have for determining optimal nutrition intake for infants," nutrition professor Mario Ferruzzi told Medical News Today.The results of this study's findings? …

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Pregnant? Kick BPA out of your kitchen

Ditch plastics for a healthier baby. That certainly sounds like a crazy claim, but bisphenol-A, a component found in most plastic products, may wreak havoc on developing systems. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 90 percent of Americans have traces of the chemical in their blood streams.What's the harm?BPA has been used to harden plastics for many years. It leaches into our food from the containers it's stored in - both plastics and cans alike. In recent …

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The pregnant woman’s summer survival guide

For many moms-to-be, pregnancy is no walk in the park. Add summer heat, sun and humidity, and that same task of growing human life is made even harder. If you're expecting during the sunniest time of year, read on for our smartest tips for surviving the summer season when you have a baby on the way.Hydrate, hydrate, hydrateBlame it on the blazing sun or long afternoons spent poolside, but dehydration is more likely during the summer months. What's worse, it can be a serious …

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Sleeping soundly during pregnancy means staying off your back

As if getting a proper night's rest wasn't tough enough during pregnancy, health officials throw expectant moms another curve ball. Not only do you need to contend with that ever-present urge to pee in the middle of the night, but once you've hit the second trimester, snoozing on your back is strictly off limits. Here's why:The vena cavaThere's a major vein - the vena cava - that passes blood from your lower half to your heart. In the second trimester of pregnancy your …

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Breaking news: Lifesaving test pinpoints pregnancy complications

Wouldn't it be incredible if your doctor already knew your risk for developing complications at the start of your pregnancy? What may seem futuristic to us is already a reality for countless Australian women. Researchers at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute have created a set of calculations that pinpoint a woman's risk for four potentially fatal pregnancy issues - preeclampsia, preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction and gestational diabetes. These tests have …

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4 hidden dangers to avoid during pregnancy

As soon as the test read 'pregnant,' you most likely bid adieu to certain lifestyle choices. Gone are the days of after work happy hours, smoke breaks and even trips to the gym's sauna - at least for now. While you're cleaning up your act, be sure to kick these hidden dangers to the curb, too: 1. Gardening Who knew a green thumb could get you and your little one into trouble? With spring finally here, you may find yourself itching to get out to the garden. While there's no reason not to …

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How to extinguish pregnancy heartburn starting now

With your baby bump growing and pregnancy hormones raging, avoiding heartburn on your road to motherhood may be a tall order. All the cards seem stacked against you: Your growing uterus may put pressure on your stomach, which in turn pushes acid into your esophagus. Thanks to an influx of hormones, the mechanism that keeps this acid away is too relaxed to do much good. Lastly, your diet may be completely out of whack, as you desperately try to keep morning sickness at bay. But just because your …

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Advil, Tylenol or aspirin during pregnancy: is anything safe?

Like most uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy, headaches are caused partly by a surge in hormones. Whether they come in the form of added pressure or shooting pains, headaches are one of the top-reported pregnancy ailments - but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with.How you may be making the problem worseThough they can occur at any point throughout pregnancy, an increase in headaches is most common during the first trimester. This is when your body is flooded with extra …

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