Name-napping: How to pick a baby name without the battle

As parents, we all want to feel like we're bestowing our babies with beautiful, strong and one-of-a-kind names. Hearing that others in our circles share the same tastes can be devastating. That being said, if you're not careful, choosing a name for your little one can turn into a tug-of-war. Here's how to avoid a battle, pick a moniker you love, and do it all while keeping your sanity (and relationships) in tact.Be intentionalIf you and your partner have your hearts set on …

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C-sections are on the rise

Wondering how likely a cesarean is for your delivery? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the numbers for you. Looking back to 2013 and the 3,927,231 babies born that year, the CDC reports that 67.3 percent were born by vaginal delivery. That means 32.7 percent came into the world by C-section. That's nearly double what it was during the previous decade. Some health care professionals are shaking their heads at the increase in C-sections. Here's why:Major surgeryWe …

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New book: Common Sense Pregnancy by Jeanne Faulkner

Jeanne Faulkner’s new book Common Sense Pregnancy is a valuable addition to the large library of pregnancy guidebooks. We particularly liked it because of it’s nonsense and no-fear approach. It’s written in clear language and despite coming in a less glossy package than some other books, will be a good personality fit for many moms. Throughout the book, she weaves in her own experiences as a mom but also her 30 years in doctors’ offices clinics and classroom as a …

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Boy or girl? Take our gender predictor quiz!

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News you don’t want to hear: First-time moms labor longer

As delivery day draws near, you may find yourself with a persistent wish - that it will all go quickly. Wish as we might though, there's no scientific way to speed up the process of labor. Sadder news yet, studies have shown that first-time moms face longer laboring times than veterans of the maternity ward. If this is your first pregnancy, here's a realistic timeline of what you can expect come delivery day:The basicsSure, contractions may seem like torture, but they're a totally …

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3 tips for beating postpartum loneliness

Diaper blowouts, inconsolable screams and sleepless nights, these are hallmarks of new parenthood that many seek to warn us about. But what often falls off this list? How lonely the first weeks and months of motherhood can be. Once your partner has gone back to work, being alone with your baby for hours on end can be overwhelming, isolating and a bit scary too. In its winter issue, The Journal of Perinatal Education stressed the importance of beating loneliness postpartum. According to …

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Off-kilter? How to stay balanced during pregnancy

Walk much? If you've been tripping over your feet now that you're pregnant, there's a reason. Clumsiness and loss of balance are just two of the seemingly endless symptoms that may crop up once you're expecting.Why it happensIf you've been off-kilter these days, there's likely a reason - your growing bump. The larger your belly grows, the more it throws your center of gravity off balance. You may find yourself leaning backwards ever so slightly and feeling extra wobbly …

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How to spot, treat and beat pregnancy anemia

So you're feeling unusually weak, tired and lightheaded these days? You may want to have your doctor or midwife check you for anemia. Particularly prevalent during pregnancy, anemia results in fewer healthy red blood cells, which may mean less oxygen for your growing baby. If left untreated, anemia can cause some pretty serious consequences, such as preterm delivery, low birth weight and developmental delays for your little one.The causeWhen you're expecting, your blood volume increases …

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3 tips to ensure the safest start for baby

Counting down the days until baby's arrival can be fraught with anxiety. There's your never-ending to-do list, the fear of labor and delivery and oh, right, that little thing called taking care of another human for a lifetime. To make matters worse, it seems that everywhere you turn there's another article listing the many ways your child can be harmed once he or she is earth-side. Cue the panic attacks, right? First, breathe. Second, calm your fears by being proactive now to ensure …

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Why I never want to have sex again

All throughout my pregnancy, I was convinced of one thing: Motherhood would not define me. Once my kid arrived earth-side, I'd continue on as I always had - wearing cute clothes, doing my hair and makeup, reading good books, etc. I'd be that woman who always looked polished, calm and put together. I wouldn't be one of those moms who wore sweatpants and topknots around the clock. I wouldn't smell like spit-up, talk about my kid's poop or wear the same t-shirt three days in a …

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