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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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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