How to protect your relationship from pregnancy mood swings

Your husband or your hormones? Back in the day, you were able to tolerate coming home to dirty dishes piled sky-high in the sink, even though your husband swore he would do them. You could overlook how he forgot to pick up the dry cleaning – for the umpteenth time this month. Now that you’re pregnant, his actions have gone way past mildly annoying to totally irritating, and you’re about ready to explode.Unfortunately, as tempting as it is to blame your partner for your bad mood, …

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Single and pregnant? You’re not the only one

We all make plans as to how our lives will go, but oftentimes the path we map out isn't the one on which we eventually land. Single parenthood is no small task, and being pregnant and single is no walk in the park either. Whether you chose to get pregnant on your own or popped a surprise bun into your oven, having someone around to lend a hand is nice, but not having one isn't the end of the world. There is plenty of single mother support out there if you know where to look. Reach out  The …

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Laboring longer might actually be good for you

A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that longer labor times may benefit both mom and baby by lowering the risk of a Cesarean section. The research, performed by Thomas Jefferson University, followed 78 first-time moms in an effort to challenge long-held laboring standards here in the United States.Read more: 5 girlfriend secrets for an easier laborThose standards date back to the 1800s and have only changed once, in the 1980s, to amend …

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5 early pregnancy signs to watch out for

For some women, getting pregnant naturally can take a mix of hard work, planning, and diligence. While for some, conceiving may be an easy process, for others, it can take time and patience.When it comes to a first time mother, there are plenty of signs to watch out for with pregnancy, but the following are five that are easy to overlook or confuse with sickness or premenstrual syndrome. Are you mistaking some of these early signs for another health issue? Consider this list of the five …

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Natural pregnancy tips: How to improve your sex drive

The reigning natural pregnancy tip should be obvious: Simply have sex! However, with so much pressure to perform and all the stress and changes that come with pregnancy, it shouldn't come as any surprise that your sex drive can suffer. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to get your libido back. Hit the gym Not only is exercise good for you, but it will assist your body when getting ready for baby and help you feel better about yourself. The Huffington Post also noted that excess body …

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Jillian Michaels on how to thrive in your third trimester

The Biggest Loser trainer and America’s favorite motivator, Jillian Michaels gives her tips and tricks for thriving through your final trimester There’s nothing quite like the magical, mystical weeks of the third trimester. Afraid, exhausted, excited, with your due date just around the corner, you’re eager to hold that baby in your arms—and probably nervous about giving birth, being a good mom, and getting your figure back.Let me start by saying this: I hear you. I validate …

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Beyonce performs surprise set at daughter’s school fundraiser

Forget car washes and bake sales. When it came time for Beyonce to fundraise for her daughter's school, this mom took to the stage with a surprise set that wowed attendees.The gala, held in support of the Center for Early Education, took over the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the former home of the Academy Awards. Billy Crystal and Will Ferrel hosted the event, adding another layer of star quality to the evening. Performing hits from Crazy in Love alongside crowd favorites such …

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Pregnancy flashback: What was this funny device used for?

When it comes to all matters of childbirth, we've come a long way, baby. Back in the day, monitoring your baby during labor didn’t look so slick. Here’s how things have changed as told by LawrenceD. Devoe, M.D., a professor and ob/gyn at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta who’s been in practice 39 years. Then This prenatal stethoscope (at left) dates back to the 19th century, but a similar device was actually used into the 20th. It amplifies the sound of the baby’s …

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How your baby grows and changes in the second trimester

By the time your second trimester begins, your baby has already progressed remarkably. What started as a mere clump of cells has grown into a tiny being who can now stretch, hiccup, and even sigh in your womb. Over the course of your second trimester, your baby’s growth will only gain speed as he or she races toward delivery day. Let’s take a look at some of the changes your little one’s making during these three months:Measurements: At the start of your second trimester, your baby …

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Can you drink alcohol while you’re breastfeeding?

If you're a first time mother and you've been researching information on breastfeeding as part of your newborn preparation, chances are you already have an idea of what this process entails and the kinds of things you'll need to do to make sure that your baby has all of the nutrition that he or she needs after you give birth.Breastfeeding can be a terrific way to deepen the bond that you share with your little guy or gal, which is why it's so important that you balance your baby's needs …

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