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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Eat your veggies and your baby will, too

It goes without saying that you should watch what you eat while pregnant. But new research conducted at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, recently published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that eating well during your three trimesters could set your baby up for healthy preferences in the future. So, if you eat a lot of vegetables while expecting, your infant will come out ready for some spinach! After analyzing the amniotic fluid of women who had recently given birth, researchers initially …

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Three tips to prepare yourself for parenthood

Okay - you've read all the books and you know exactly what to expect during all stages of your pregnancy, but you still feel unprepared for the actual arrival of a new child who will soon be a permanent fixture in your life. It's natural to be nervous, but there are techniques you can use to prepare for your impending arrival. Here are three important things to keep in mind as you consider your new role as a parent. 1. Increased cost of living. Babies come with a high price tag. Be …

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First photo of Kate Hudson and her new baby pops up

Matt Bellamy, best known as the lead singer for English arena-rock band Muse, tweeted the first photo of his five-week old son Bingham with mother Kate Hudson last weekend with the caption "Family Life!," according to People Magazine. The proud parents also brought baby Bingham into public for the first time that day - the brood, including Hudson's 7-year-old son, Ryder, caught a flight out of LAX. However, Kate wasn't aiming to show off her handsome new guy to the …

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Is it safe for pregnant women to be around microwaves?

Giving up your beloved microwave may sound like a terrible idea, especially when you're pregnant and expecting some serious food cravings to kick in. You never know when you’re going to need an emergency frozen burrito! However, many moms-to-be may question the ultimate safety of cooking the majority of their meals through controlled radiation.Though microwaves are generally considered to be safe for expectant mothers (as well as the general population), there hasn't been very …

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Blood test can reveal a baby’s sex at seven weeks

Parents who are eager to discover the gender of their impending arrival can traditionally opt to have a preliminary ultrasound 11 weeks into their pregnancy. However, the accuracy of this method isn't guaranteed, and most parents choose to wait until between 18 and 22 weeks. Happily, for especially curious parents-to-be, a simple and safe blood test may now be able to reliably determine their baby's sex early on. The process is expected to be 95 percent accurate at seven weeks, and 100 …

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At-home remedies for morning sickness

No matter how overjoyed you are to discover that you're expecting, there's one downer lots of new moms-to-be will face during the first few months of their pregnancies - morning sickness.Luckily, if you find yourself sprinting to the bathroom in the middle of the workday or feeling nauseous all afternoon, there are a few things you can do that may help to alleviate your feelings of queasiness. Instead of indulging in a giant breakfast or an overly hearty dinner, eat small meals …

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