Why you need the Tdap vaccine

As you approach your 27th week of pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will offer you the option of a Tdap vaccine. This shot, administered during every pregnancy, safeguards your baby against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. While you have the option to decline this vaccine, this is one shot you won't want to skip. What is Pertussis?Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious respiratory disease that leads to violent, uncontrollable coughing and breathing …

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Pregnant and vegetarian: How to stay meat-free the healthy way

If you've been enjoying a meat-free diet, there's no reason to put your vegetarianism aside just because you have a baby on the way. Find out how to get the vitamins and minerals you need to support your health - and your growing baby.ProteinIf getting an adequate amount of protein was tough for you before baby, it's about to get that much tougher. The United States Department of Agriculture advises healthy adult women to consume an average of 46 grams of protein as part of a …

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Use food to fight morning sickness

When you're plagued by morning sickness, eating may be the last thing on your mind. But what you might not know is that the right food may be just what you need to stave off daily nausea.More than half of all pregnant women suffer through morning sickness, mostly in the first trimester when hormones fluctuate the most. While there isn't a quick fix in medication form, many women find that eating several small meals a day can be the ticket to keeping their breakfast down. The key is to keep …

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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 …

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Ready, set, go! 4 all-natural ways to start labor

If you've caught yourself exclaiming with horror that you might be pregnant forever, then this one's for you. With only 5 percent of babies born on their due date, a whole lot of women go into pregnancy overtime. We get it - you're exhausted, uncomfortable and plain old ready to meet that late little one. So how can you get the ball rolling? We've compiled 4 all-natural ways that may kickstart labor - without a dose of pitocin:Castor oilOne of the less pleasant on …

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How to weather the winter with a baby on the way

'Tis the season for billowing scarves, thick wooly mittens and mugs of hot cocoa. With another winter here, we're giving thought to facing these dipping temps and whipping winds - all while bundling up around a baby bump. Here are four tips to surviving your first winter as a mama-to-be:Moisturize Pregnancy has a way of zapping your skin of its moisture, all to ensure your little one has enough fluids as he or she grows. To battle the resultant flaky skin, be sure to stay …

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FDA issues warning about “keepsake ultrasounds”

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned moms-to-be about the use of ultrasound imaging and heart beat monitors. The new consumer update issues no qualms over either practice when performed by a qualified health care provider out of medical necessity. We repeat: Ultrasounds are perfectly safe when ordered by your doctor or midwife.So, what's all the fuss about? Recreational ultrasound imaging, so to speak. Anytime you go to a third party to take a special peek at your …

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Christmas dinner: Foods to avoid now that you’re pregnant

The key to having a holly, jolly Christmas? Knowing what food and drink to avoid before you sit down to dinner with loved ones. Take the angst out of holiday meals and put the focus back on celebrating by vowing to keep these foods off your plate this season:DrinksWe know we don't have to tell you to steer clear of the bar area - but it's wise to be extra vigilant about the drinks you sip this holiday. Use caution when pouring mulled apple cider and eggnog, as both have the potential …

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5 sweet holiday traditions for your family

Love, family and joyful memories - those are the makings of one happy holiday. Think you can't get started building your family traditions until after your little one arrives? We have five sweet ways that say otherwise:Letter to babyTake a moment during the holidays to pen a year-in-review letter to your little one. This year, tell your son or daughter all about the joy and anticipation you feel for his or her arrival. Next year, you'll recount the happy moments you share together. …

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This way to Zen: 3 easy ways to beat stress

As if you needed one more thing to stress about, recent studies suggest chronic anxiety could be troublesome for you and your little one. Planning for a baby's arrival can be a mix of emotions: joy, anticipation and fear in equal measure. While you can't allay your worries entirely, it's in your baby's best interest to find stress relief - and fast. Studies now show a correlation between a mother's increased stress levels as early as 17 weeks and complications during …

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