Preparing for labor: Important items you should never forget to pack

By the third trimester, you may be feeling more anxious about the arrival of your baby. And, if it's your first pregnancy, it's likely you're nervous about the delivery process and whether you're ready to be a mom. Since these final weeks are already jam-packed with emotion and excitement, you may want to pack your bags for the hospital at least a month before your due date so you'll be ready to head out the door once the contractions are coming strong and fast. A bag for …

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Model Maggie Rizer gets ready for the Thanksgiving arrival of her first child

The fresh-faced, freckled Maggie Rizer, who has graced the cover of Vogue and walked in Victoria's Secret runway shows, is anxiously awaiting giving birth to her first child - a boy. Rizer and her husband, IBM heir Alex Mehran, announced the pregnancy in June via the mom-to-be's blog It turns out that Bea, one of the couple's three Golden retrievers, has proven to be a listening ear throughout the pregnancy, according to Rizer. "I've been telling Bea …

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Could a flu shot hurt my unborn baby?

Most pregnant women do everything they can to ensure the health of their baby. However, some elements may be out of a soon-to-be mama's control, including the germs that abound during flu season. This may lead to one terribly agonizing question - should you get a flu shot this winter? If you're nervous about a flu shot potentially harming your baby, you can put your fears to rest - it turns out the vaccine is actually highly recommended for expectant mothers! In fact, a flu shot can …

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Ali Larter’s son says his first word!

Ali Larter, an actress well known for her roles in the TV series Heroes and the thriller Obsessed, recently heard her son Theodore's first word - "Mama!" The 35-year-old mom told People magazine that she enjoys celebrating all of her son's accomplishments, even the seemingly small ones. So what response did 10-month-old Theodore receive? A bear hug from his mom, who kissed him all over with delight. Larter says she's enjoying motherhood and loves spending time with her …

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British soccer star and model wife welcome baby number 3

Steven Gerrard, a star soccer player for a Liverpool-based team, and his wife of four years, Alex Curran, recently expanded their family clan to make room for a new baby girl! Following in the steps of iconic trendsetter Madonna, the couple christened the baby Lourdes, which is the name of a French town that many Catholics make pilgrimages to every year. Both mom and dad are practicing Catholics, which may have inspired the name they chose, the Daily Mail reports. Gerard also attended a …

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Kelly Rowland spills the beans on the gender of Beyonce’s baby

Most people remember how Beyonce revealed her pregnancy a few months ago at the MTV Video Music Awards, where she gave a stunning live performance (a baby bump won't stop this star from taking the stage!). However, it seems as though the Single Ladies pop singer won't have the chance to dramatically reveal her impending arrival's gender - in a recent interview with US Weekly, Kelly Rowland divulged that Beyonce is expecting a baby girl. At the Cosmpolitan Awards in London, Rowland …

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Do you think your baby may be deaf? Here’s what you need to know

A disability is something that every mother fears when it comes to the health of her baby. Still, it's important to detect hearing loss early or else children may have difficulty learning to communicate later in life and struggle with basic social skills. In 2009, more than 5,000 babies were diagnosed with permanent hearing loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So how do you find out if your little one's hearing is less-than-perfect? Your baby may have a …

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Are you carrying a deadly virus that can hurt your baby?

Most of us have read all there is to know about protecting our babies, but here's one health issue you may have never heard of - cytomegalovirus. Of course, many women who have cytomegalovirus (CMV) never experience any symptoms and are generally unaware that they are carrying the disease, but the congenital version of it could leave a baby with a variety of medical complications. The Centers for Disease Control reports that more disabilities result from congenital CMV than fetal …

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Gwen Stefani talks about dressing up her kids

Stylish moms everywhere look up to Gwen Stefani, a rock-n-roll icon who hasn't lost any of her unique fashion sense despite becoming a mom two times over. And it seems that she isn't the only one who knows a thing or two about fashion - her sons Kingston, 5, and Zuma, 3, are often spotted wearing eccentric and unique outfits. So does this fashion designer have any advice for other clothes-conscious moms? The singer, who was the cover girl for InStyle's November issue, dished on her …

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Three questions every pregnant woman wants answered

So you've just discovered you're pregnant - congratulations! But you're no doubt full of questions, some of which you may even be embarrassed to ask. Here, we'll answer the top three queries most frequently heard from newly pregnant women. 1. Will my sex life change? Some women are too shy to ask their doctors this question face-to-face, but don't worry, we'll answer it for you. Unless you've been given explicit instructions to the contrary, it's safe to continue …

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