New drug guidelines mean peace of mind for moms-to-be

The Food and Drug Administration is set to make important updates to prescription labels for pregnant women. These revisions will be the first since 1979. The medical community is hopeful that these updates will help ensure expectant moms get the health care they need while managing chronic conditions with medications throughout pregnancy.To make sense of the push behind these updates, consider your own pregnancy: How many times have you skipped Tylenol for a headache because you thought …

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Can pregnancy keep you young?

Is pregnancy the new anti-aging miracle? A new report out from the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem is claiming so. Scientists involved with the study say that sharing a bloodstream with a growing baby can help keep women's bodies young. That makes you feel better about that aching back and swollen ankles, now doesn't it?The detailsTurning the spotlight on a group of pregnant and non-pregnant mice, medical researchers found some surprising results. After performing a liver …

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How to survive the third trimester of pregnancy

If there's one thing to rival the discomfort of the first trimester, it's the final stretch of pregnancy. The fatigue is back, you can't see your feet - and even your maternity clothes feel snug. But before you throw in the towel and hibernate until delivery day, think about adding in one of these comfort measures:MassageThere's no better time to indulge in a professional massage than during the final weeks of pregnancy. Do your research and find a practice that specializes …

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5 ways to announce your pregnancy on Mother’s Day

What better way to sweeten Mother's Day for your mom than by telling her she'll be a grandma? If you have yet to break the news of your pregnancy, we have five incredibly simple and creative ways to share your impending motherhood with your own mom.1. Look to HallmarkLet a greeting card do the talking for you this Mother's Day. Scope out the card aisle for the perfect way to wish the soon-to-be grandmother in your life a happy day. It may take her a moment to realize why …

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4 surprise ways pregnancy gives you a boost

When it comes to pregnancy, how many times do we catch ourselves complaining about all the negatives? Our backs ache, we can't sleep and if we have to pee one more time well, we'll just scream. But despite all the aches and pains, these nine months bring with them a host of welcome surprises too.You're healthierThe moment you found out you were pregnant, you most likely began making steps toward a healthier lifestyle. While you may cave to the power of a powdered doughnut once in …

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4 date night ideas for moms-to-be

Sleepless nights and a screaming baby may rock your relationship to the core. Before your little one arrives, take some quality time to strengthen the love you share with your partner. Too tired or feeling too uncomfortable for a night out on the town? Never fear, we have four relaxed, low-key date night ideas just perfect for moms-to-be.Pack a picnicSkip the table for two and take your dinner al fresco to your neighborhood park. Spread out a blanket and pack the perfect basket - simple …

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Welcome A Baby Boy

It’s official!  Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are parents.  The couple welcomed their first child – a boy, Silas Randall Timberlake. While no other details about the newborn are available, Justin and Jessica’s rep told to that mom and baby are doing well and dad is “ecstatic.” Rumors of Jessica’s pregnancy started in November, but the pair didn’t confirm a baby was on the way until Justin’s birthday in January when he shared an adorable picture of him …

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Research says ‘Take it easy on dad’

Research studies have spoken: It's time to give dads a break. New reports from the Pew Research Center paint a sad picture for the working fathers in our lives. They struggle to balance work and home life, miss time with their children and admit that family is a challenge for them.Of course, I'll be the first to say that when it comes to babies - the gestating, delivering and caring for them specifically - women bear the brunt of the burden. We share of ourselves, quite literally, put …

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Pregnant? It’s time to rethink your Facebook posts

Add this to the list of items to nix now that you're pregnant: Over sharing on social media. Not only do your online pals not want to hear about another row with morning sickness - but by laying off Facebook posts, you may be doing best for baby too.As if we really needed a study to confirm it, researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed the nation to talk about over sharing parents on social media. The results are hardly surprising: Parents talk way too much about their kids …

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The surprising thing your newborn leaves behind in your body

Perhaps to prime us for a lifetime of our children leaving things behind, it turns out that babies shed fetal cells before being born. These cells live inside the mother's body, even years after a child has been delivered - meaning that as moms, we carry a physical piece of our babies with us wherever we go. Sounds sweet, doesn't it?Researchers don't quite know what these cells mean for moms. One thought is that they exist to help ensure that mom's body doesn't reject a …

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