Does breastfeeding make you more defensive?

Every mom wants to protect her children, but do breastfeeding moms feel even more of a drive to ward off danger? A new study suggests that new moms who are breastfeeding their infants are twice as aggressive as non-breastfeeding mothers when confronted by a threat. Acccording to MSNBC's The Body Odd, nursing mothers are more aggressive than bottle-feeding mothers when it comes to keeping their babies safe from harm - real or imagined. The study suggests that lactation, and not just …

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Beyonce shows off her baby bump!

Beyoncé Knowles caused a ruckus at the recent MTV Music Video Awards, making her way down the red carpet with an undeniable baby bump. Though she didn't give any interviews, there was no denying the excitement she seemed to feel as she performed a new song called "Love On Top," asking the audience to "celebrate the love inside me." Just to ensure that her big reveal wasn't lost on viewers, Beyoncé popped open her jacket and rubbed her belly with a …

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Coping with emotions during your pregnancy

Even the most relaxed women may find themselves fending off some serious mood swings during their three trimesters. Though these feelings can be detrimental if they strike at work or in front of your spouse, learning to channel this energy can actually be a positive experience. Writing down how you feel can go a long way toward helping you get some clarity when you're feeling down, anxious or stressed. In addition to being a useful outlet for negative energy, describing your emotions can …

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Just how bad does labor really hurt?

Everyone says it's the most painful thing you'll ever experience, but millions of women do it every day. Just how bad is labor, really? We're here to give it to you straight - and reassure you that just like your own mother, grandmother and great-grandmother did, you'll get through this just fine. Most women compare their labor pains to menstrual cramps - and there's a good reason for that. Both sensations are the feeling of your uterus tightening and shifting. While labor …

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Top pregnancy fears – and why you shouldn’t worry

Although you're undoubtedly excited about welcoming the new addition to your family, lots of moms-to-be are filled with anxiety about what awaits them postpartum. Here are some common pregnancy-related fears - and why you shouldn't let them stress you out.1. Your post-baby body will be fine. It's normal to gain anywhere from 25 to 40 pounds during pregnancy, and as long as you've been eating healthy and staying active, you shouldn't have any problem dropping the weight …

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Help! My baby won’t stop moving!

While feeling your baby kick and roll inside your belly is an amazing experience that many women treasure, it can definitely be a nuisance if you're trying to sleep, enjoy a meal or concentrate on your work. What exactly is Junior doing in there? And is there anything you can do to calm him down? Right around the sixth or seventh month of your pregnancy, you can expect your baby to begin moving in a noticeable way. However, even if it feels like your little one is doing backflips in there, …

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How accurate is your due date?

When you're expecting a baby, it can sometimes feel like it's impossible to wait all the way until your due date to meet your little one. And when you're taking birthing classes and learning about labor, the day your baby will arrive is never far from your thoughts. But how accurate is the doctor's estimation of your impending arrival's first birthday?As it turns out, due dates are pretty accurate. Sure, your doc may not get the exact date and time, but he or she can almost certainly …

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Is co-sleeping bad for kids?

In many parts of the world, co-sleeping is common practice. However, deciding if your baby should sleep in her own crib or in your bed is polarizing in the U.S., where co-sleepers are the minority. But, is co-sleeping actually safe and healthy for both infants and parents? Health care professional disagree on how co-sleeping affects young children. The most common criticism leveled at the practice is that it increases the risk of suffocation or strangulation from parents who are particularly …

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Expecting? Why a smartphone may be (better than) your best friend

Once a woman discovers she's expecting, it's likely she'll instantly begin to wonder what the next 9 months of her life will be like. Luckily, there are apps for that purpose! Smartphones make it easy to answer nearly every pregnancy concern or quandary (not to mention craving) in a matter of moments.Of course, you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps out there. If you're torn, have no fear! Here are three of the best for pregnant women: 1. BabyBump. …

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Documenting your pregnancy

It's likely that your pregnancy will consist of exhilarating highs, as well as some challenging moments. Documenting your pregnancy is a great way to capture those memories forever. Here are a few creative ways you can keep track of your pregnancy from now until the baby arrives. Creating a photo album is a great way to get started. Every two weeks or once a month, take a photo of yourself to keep track of how you're coming along. Some women go so far as to wear the same outfit for …

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