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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Three exercises to avoid while pregnant

Doctors and experts agree that getting mild to moderate exercise while pregnant is healthy for both mom and baby. But is there anything you should make sure to avoid to keep your unborn baby safe? Here are a few exercises, sports and hobbies that the pros don't recommend for women who are expecting. 1. Horseback riding. It's not so much that the action of riding a horse is dangerous - it's more that horses are living creatures, which makes them unpredictable. If a horse should buck …

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My due date came and went – with no baby! What now?

A typical pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks, but it's not uncommon for babies to arrive a couple of weeks early - or even a couple of weeks late. Every baby develops differently, even before birth, and errors in calculating your last menstrual period can result in due dates that aren't exactly accurate. However, being overdue by more than one or two weeks can lead to complications for you and your baby. Babies born at 42 weeks and beyond are often overweight and sometimes have dry, …

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What are my odds of having twins?

While certainly not common, multiple births, of course, happen - twins, triplets and even more! Having more than one baby at a time requires all kinds of extra preparation, time and money, but can also be highly rewarding. So what are the real odds of delivering twins? There are two kinds of twins - fraternal and identical. Identical twins occur when one fertilized egg splits into two separate embryos, while fraternal twins result from two separate fertilized eggs released during the same …

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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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