Do you need to eat meat for your baby to be healthy?

When you're expecting, finding foods that don't turn your stomach can be a challenge even for the most open-minded eater - and if you're a vegan, that task is likely to be even more complicated! Of course, many high-profile moms - like Emily Deschanel, a famous vegan who welcomed a son in September with her husband David Hornsby - have made an unconventional diet work throughout a pregnancy. But maintaining a special diet when you're expecting requires a lot of vigilance. One …

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Hilary Duff expecting a baby boy

Singer and actress Hilary Duff is expecting a baby boy with her husband, professional hockey player Mike Comrie, reports People magazine. The 24-year-old, who recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, told the talk show host that her intuition about the baby's sex was right all along. "I had a feeling it was a boy the whole time," she confessed to DeGeneres. The road to pregnancy has been a long one for Duff, who's had a number of false alarms since she said "I …

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Is there a wrong time to announce your pregnancy?

A lot of women are so overjoyed to discover they're expecting that it's all they can do not to literally shout it from the rooftops. Others, however, may not be ready to tell their friends and family that they're pregnant right away. There's no right or wrong way to announce your pregnancy, but here are a few things to keep in mind. First, many women prefer to wait until the end of their first trimester before announcing that they're expecting. Because the risk of …

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Is an email birth announcement in bad taste?

Your little one has finally arrived! So how will you let your wide-ranging friends and family know that you're now a mom? There are a ton of different ways, from the modern to the traditional, but here are some of our faves. 1. Paper birth announcements. Want to go old school? Send out letters to your friends and family with your baby's name and birthday. You can use all kinds of personalized stationary for this task, so get creative. 2. Digital birth announcements. If you're the …

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When will you ovulate?

If you're trying to get pregnant, knowing and capitalizing on your fertile days is among the easiest ways to increase your chances of conception. Although most women who are trying to conceive have had a regular menstrual period for more than a decade, a lot of them don't even know when they're ovulating! Here's an easy way to calculate your most fertile days of the month. Assuming that you have a 28-day cycle, fast forward two weeks from the first day of your last menstrual …

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Three things doctors want you to do for yourself and your baby

Ever wondered what your prenatal doctor did while she was pregnant? Here are three pregnancy tips that doctors know - and want you to know, too. 1. Get a flu shot. Lots of women are wary about putting any kind of medication into their bodies while pregnant, from aspirin to vaccines. But experts agree that the flu shot is perfectly safe for women who are expecting. In fact, because pregnant women have depressed immune systems, it's actually crucial for them to protect themselves against …

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Pregnant and plus-size – what you need to know

Pregnancy is a beautiful time for women of all shapes and sizes, but if you're overweight, being with a child can come with special challenges. Although you've probably been encouraged to diet by your healthcare professionals, pregnancy is no time to be counting calories or cutting back on meals. Here's how you can be healthy about your pregnancy and your weight at the same time. During pregnancy, most women are expected to gain a few pounds, but women who are already above their …

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Three ways to ask your friends and family for help as a new mom

Once your baby is born, your friends will undoubtedly be chomping at the bit to help you out. But if you're getting flooded with calls and letters, you may feel as if there's so much to do, you don't even know where to begin. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and ask for assistance in the following areas: 1. Ask for a home-cooked meal. As a new mom, you'll be so busy changing diapers and warming bottles that you almost certainly won't have time to heat up …

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Early pregnancies may reduce your risk of breast cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world - about 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetimes. There's good news for moms, however - women who've had children have a decreased risk of developing the disease, especially if they gave birth early in their lives. Women who have their first full-term pregnancy before age 20 have about half the risk of developing hormone receptor-positive breast cancer as those who have their first pregnancy …

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Don’t ignore these pregnancy warning signs!

You may experience lots of weird feelings and phenomenons during your pregnancy, but if you ran off to the emergency room every time you had back pain or felt nauseated, you'd never be at home! Most of the time, weird sensations are just par for the course during pregnancy. But here are a few pregnancy symptoms that you absolutely shouldn't ignore, under any circumstance. 1. Bleeding. It goes without saying, but if you experience bleeding or spotting at any time during your pregnancy, …

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