Needle phobic? Here’s how to survive pregnancy

For the needle phobic among us, we have bad and good news: On one hand, there are quite a few blood draws throughout your pregnancy. But on a positive note, you won't bat an eye at a syringe by the time you check into the hospital for labor. If your fear of having your blood drawn is getting in the way of your excitement over baby, here's what you need to know:Just how many blood tests are there?The number of times your doctor or midwife will order blood work really depends on the …

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4 tips to boost your bond with baby

Don't wait until delivery day to begin building a relationship with your son or daughter. Though sight unseen, you can still nurture a bond with your baby that will last a lifetime. Here's how:Use your voiceYour little one is growing and changing at an incredible rate. By the second trimester, his or her hearing develops and your baby will be influenced by outside noise. Of all these new sounds he or she is taking in, your voice will be the most familiar and comforting. After …

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Boy or girl? Take our gender predictor quiz!

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What our Facebook followers love most about being pregnant!

There are so many wonderful things about being pregnant! From the moment you find out you're going to be a mom to holding your brand new baby in the delivery room, this journey is one of the best times of your life.With so many amazing moments to choose from, we wanted to know what some of our reader's favorite things about being pregnant were. Here are some of the most heartwarming and best responses!Katrina, Lindie, Rita, Shannan and Jacklyn all said their favorite thing about …

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5 surprising benefits of exercising during pregnancy

Added baby weight and nightly cravings may make you wonder whether or not it's OK to workout during your pregnancy. The answer to that question can be complicated and is something you should discuss with your health care provider before taking any action. Exercise during pregnancy won't be a problem if it's something you did regularly before you were expecting. Of course, there will come a time when you'll need to modify some of the exercises you do. However, if …

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6 birthing options and tips on how you can decide which one’s best for you

Nine months seems like a long time, but your due date will be here before you know it. You may not even be thinking about delivery at this point since you're most likely just finding the right prenatal vitamins that don't make your morning sickness worse, but with so many choices available you may want to start thinking about it sooner rather than later. Before you can decide on the birthing option that's best for you, sit down with your partner and talk things over. …

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Midwives: The 4 myths that scare pregnant women away

In the U.S., physicians deliver 85 percent of babies in a traditional hospital setting. Across the pond in Europe, however, midwives attend to most births with favorable outcomes for both mom and baby. What's holding Americans back from seeking alternative care? We think these common myths about midwives may have something to do with it. Let's debunk them! MYTH: Using a midwife is not safe TRUTH: Midwifery practices come in many shapes and sizes: There are midwife groups that operate within a …

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5 reasons you need a doula in the delivery room

If there were ever a day to truly need a cheerleading team, the day you go into labor would be it. While your partner may seem like plenty now, having a doula in the delivery room can be invaluable in ensuring you feel safe, comforted and confident. A doula is a certified professional who is trained to offer emotional and physical support to women in childbirth. Here are five reasons why we think every woman should hire one for the big day:Doulas give you peace of mindA 2012 Norwegian study …

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Pregnancy overtime: What to expect if you pass your due date

There comes a time in every woman's pregnancy when the phrase, "When's your due date?" is enough to make her cringe. If you're approaching your final weeks and worried you'll go straight past your estimated delivery date, there's no need to panic. We've laid out all the details on what's at risk when you go into overtime and what happens next.How accurate are due dates anyway?It's important to remember that estimated due dates are just that …

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Basic rules for choosing a nanny

Leaving your child in the care of another person can be an emotional event in a parent's life, but there are steps you can take to make sure you pick somebody you trust. Once you've made the decision to bring a nanny into your home, do your homework and find the right person. Let the professionals help There are no national standards to which nannies are held, so making the process of selecting one seem a bit harrowing. Don't fret though, there are plenty of …

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