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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Three mom blogs we love

Embarking on the journey of motherhood is exciting, but you don't have to navigate it alone. With the vast resources of the internet at your fingertips, you can connect to millions of other moms to find support, swap stories and trade advice. Here are three mom blogs that all new mothers should be following if they want a taste of what lies ahead! 1. Maniac Mommies (www.maniacmommies.com). These days, fewer families can survive on a single income - which means that lots of moms are going …

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Alicia Keys says son has a ‘Gerber baby giggle’

For Alicia Keys, motherhood is a joke - and her 8-month-old son is laughing!The new mom says her son Egypt Daoud, whose dad is Alicia's husband Swizz Beats, finds just about everything funny - and his bright, big smile and adorable giggle are "perfect," she adds. The youngster is constantly cracking a grin, even when his momma is telling grownup jokes."He loves to laugh! at everything. I'll say a joke that's totally a grown person's joke and he'll laugh. …

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How Laila Ali’s breastfeeding mistake might help you

Deciding whether or not to breastfeed your child is a highly personal decision that each new mother must make for herself. But Laila Ali, the daughter of legendary boxer Mohammed Ali, says that weaning her older children to a bottle was a mistake - and with her third, she hopes to be able to breastfeed naturally as long as she can.Ali started giving her now 2-year-old son C.J. a bottle after about a week, hoping to take some of the pressure of new motherhood off of herself and onto her …

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Sleeping on left or right during pregnancy? There is a “right” way

As your pregnancy progresses, finding a comfortable way to sleep can start to feel like an arduous task. With your giant belly in the way, lying on your stomach becomes impossible, and resting on your back can make it feel like your baby is crushing your internal organs. So what's the most comfortable and safest way for pregnant women to get their 40 winks?If you want to get a little shuteye while keeping things as comfy as possible for both you and your baby, you'll want to sleep on …

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