Expecting? Think before you pop that advil

Pregnancy is full of aches and pains, from the occasional headache to swollen feet, sore backs and all kinds of joint pain. But is it safe to pop an aspirin when you're really suffering? Most experts recommend that you avoid pain killers as much as possible, as some over-the-counter medications could have an affect on a developing fetus. However, when avoiding medications there are other ways to minimize your discomfort. First, if you're suffering from a headache, take a break. Turn off …

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How can I improve my chances of conceiving?

Many young, healthy women assume that once they're ready to have a child, they'll naturally conceive within a short window of time. Unfortunately, however, some who once stressed over pregnancy scares find that when they're actually trying to become parents, the task isn't as easy as it once seemed. It's not unusual for it to take several months to successfully conceive, but there are things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant in a timely manner. Here are …

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Three ways to relieve back pain during pregnancy

As your pregnancy progresses, the amount of weight you need to carry is increasing, but your frame is staying the same. All the strain of walking around with a baby in your belly can do a real number on your spine, and leave you aching at the end of the day. Aside from asking your partner for a nice, long massage, what can you do to help ease the discomfort? Here are a few tips. 1. Try a new sleeping position. If you're used to sleeping on your stomach or your back, you'll have to …

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Is the fear of labor pain making women opt for C-sections?

It used to be that a Cesarean section was the worst thing that could happen in the delivery room - a true emergency that necessitated major surgery. But these days, more and more women are opting for a C-section even when they're fully capable of a natural vaginal delivery. Some are even scheduling their C-sections months before they go into labor! What gives? There are a few reasons that women are picking the operating room over the delivery room these days. For one, many women have …

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Three things to know about your pregnant body

Do you know what happens to your body when you're pregnant? Sure, your belly will grow and you'll likely start to feel nauseous, but how much do you really know about what's going on? Here are three facts about what your body goes through during pregnancy. 1. You won't just gain weight in your tummy. No matter how fit you were before you got pregnant, you're going to put on weight as your baby grows - it's healthy and normal. Some of that weight may spread to areas that …

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Traveling while pregnant – what you need to know

Air travel always involves at least a bit of mild discomfort, and when you're pregnant that discomfort can be magnified. But sometimes, flying just can't be avoided. Is it safe to travel by plane while pregnant? Here's what you need to know. As long as your pregnancy is normal and healthy, it is generally safe to fly. The ideal time for air travel while pregnant is the second trimester - when morning sickness is over, the risk of miscarriage is low and you're becoming used to …

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Pregnancy myths debunked!

Worried that you can't stand in front of the microwave now that you're pregnant? Concerned you'll have to stop dying your hair? Moms-to-be are notorious for taking extra precautions to make sure their babies will be healthy and happy, but plenty of pregnant no-nos are actually just myths and urban legends. Here, we debunk two popular ones. If you're pregnant, your diet is likely on your mind. No soft cheese, sushi, deli meat, alochol or tuna? Not exactly. While pregnant women …

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The size of your fetus – week by week

Although your tummy may still be flat, your baby is growing - and fast! - even when you're just five or six weeks pregnant. So just how big is that little bean? And how big is he going to be when he gets here? Here's an easy guide to understanding just how enormous your unborn child will become before he even enters this world. During your first trimester of pregnancy, your fetus is growing quickly. Although he's smaller than the size of a pinhead at conception, he's already …

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Baby’s sleeping habits – what to expect

It's common knowledge that being a new parent means sacrificing sleep. Eight hours of shuteye a night? Not a chance - not with nightly feedings, waking up to change a diaper or dealing with a fussy infant. But, even though you know that you can kiss your long, cozy nights goodbye, how much do you know about your baby's own sleeping habits? Babies sleep a lot - up to 18 hours a day for the first month of their lives. But that doesn't mean you'll be getting 18 hours of sleep, too …

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Working Mother lists the most mom-friendly companies to work for

For many women, being a mom doesn't mean giving up a full-time career. For some, working is essential to pay the bills, while others just love the thrill and challenge of their job. Of course, being a mom in the workplace isn't always easy, and juggling time with the kids and time with your clients is always a struggle. Luckily, Working Mother magazine recently released a list of the 100 best companies for working moms. Does yours make the cut, or is time to seek employment …

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