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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Sam Trammell’s twins have arrived!

True Blood star Sam Trammell may be doubly excited to be a new father - the actor and his longtime partner Missy Yager can now call themselves the proud parents of not one, but two bouncing baby boys! Trammell's rep confirmed that a pair of healthy sons were delivered last Tuesday. Sam and Missy originally met in New York City, eight years ago, while working in theater together. Missy first showed off her baby bump back in April, just a couple of months before True Blood's fourth season …

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Exercise and pregnancy

There's really no healthy way around it: You're going to gain weight while you're pregnant. But don't worry! Experts agree that putting on about 25 to 30 pounds during your pregnancy is normal for both momma and baby, as long as the calories are coming from healthy and nutrient-rich foods.Of course, if you're like most gals these days, it's likely you're concerned about getting your pre-baby figure back once your little one arrives - and to make that as easy as …

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Chew on this: What to consume when you’re eating for two

You will probably never be barraged with more competing bits of advice than when you're pregnant - especially when it comes to what you should be eating. It seems like everyone has an opinion on what's good and bad for you and your baby. Of course, there's going to be times (read: morning sickness) when the idea of eating much of anything is tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment, which is why it's important to find foods that are dense with nutrients that you won't have …

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Sarah Drew is ready for motherhood

It looks as though actress Sarah Drew has nothing but babies on her mind. According to CelebrityBabyScoop.com, the Grey's Anatomy star, who is currently enjoying her fourth month of pregnancy, spends most of her time shopping for maternity clothes, discussing baby names with her husband and preparing for the birth itself. Drew told the news source that she's thrilled to begin this new chapter of her life and that she has wanted to be a mother for years. Now that she's 30 years old, …

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Actor Neal McDonough expecting a daughter

Neal McDonough and his wife Ruve are expecting a girl - and they couldn't be more thrilled! While admitting that his wife's pregnancy had its complications, the actor told People magazine that he and Ruve are overjoyed about adding to their family. “We feel extremely blessed beyond belief," the actor said. "She’s ready, this hasn’t been the easiest pregnancy, but we’re all excited."The 45-year-old actor, who stars in Captain America: The First …

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For Colin Hanks, becoming a father gives life ‘deeper meaning’

According to one age-old adage, a woman becomes a mother the moment she discovers she's pregnant, but a man doesn't become a father until he sees his child. Although we can't say for sure if this rings true for Colin Hanks, it appears as though his daughter Olivia Jane's arrival did change his life completely. The 33-year-old actor became a first-time parent earlier this year with his wife, Samantha Bryant. According to Hanks, having a child has widened his emotional range - …

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Baby name trends in 2011

Coming up with a name for Junior is a challenge, even for the most creative parents. This is the name your child will have for the rest of his life, so you want to make sure it's taunt-proof, sophisticated, easy to spell and full of class so you can set your little one up for success from his first day of preschool. Not surprisingly, television is playing a major role in the popular baby names of 2010 and 2011. Fans of the AMC drama Mad Men will recognize Betty, Don, Freddy, Joan and Roger, …

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