3 ways to get over your fear of labor right now

You've experienced the many joys of pregnancy: You've enjoyed every ultrasound, bought the tiny adorable clothes and spent hours daydreaming about your sweet little one. But now that your nine months are coming to an end, you find yourself in a tailspin of fear. Maybe you're worried about the pain, the potential for surgery or just how you'll keep up your strength.To all those fears, we say stop! It's perfectly normal to be nervous about such a big event - …

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6 healthy tips for keeping toxins out of your baby’s nursery

When your nesting instinct kicks in during pregnancy and you have an itch to overhaul your pad, give special thought to how you'll decorate the nursery. With all the new paint, carpeting and furniture you have on your shopping list, you may be bringing in something you didn't bargain for - an upwards of 300 toxic chemicals. Here's how to minimize your toxic load and set up a safe and healthy space for your son or daughter.Where these toxins come fromAny time you bring brand new …

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Top 3 Valentine’s Day date night ideas to keep the romance alive during a pregnancy

With a bun in the oven that will arrive in a few months, opportunities to spend time alone with your partner may soon be few and far between. Take advantage of this Valentine's Day and plan a romantic evening that will give the two of you the chance to strengthen your bond and enjoy some quality time together.Dinner and a movie. This classic date night activity almost never disappoints. Instead of squeezing into the tight rows of the local movie theater, you may want to rent the latest …

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7 fun things to do if you’re pregnant on Valentine’s Day

If you're into cooking (or going out to eat) now's the perfect time to indulge. While healthy foods should always be your first choice and it's important to stick to your doctor's recommendations when it comes to eating extra calories during pregnancy, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself on Valentine's Day. Cook up a gourmet dish for each meal or go out for your favorite foods. Your stomach and your partner will appreciate the extra love!

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How to let your husband know what you really want this Valentine’s Day

When you're in your second trimester and are barely able to fit your swelling feet into your favorite pair of shoes, going to a fancy restaurant for Valentine's Day may be the last thing you want to do. If you're worried that your husband might not know about how you envision celebrating the holiday of love, don't force him to figure out what you want on his own! Telling him exactly what you want to do is a fail-safe way to end up with the evening you've been dreaming of, but if you'd rather …

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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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