Battling unexpected emotions during pregnancy? You’re not alone

You may have thought it was only a stereotype that pregnant women are emotionally volatile, but if you're currently in a family way, then you know that this is one old myth that has plenty of truth behind it. If you've spent half of your pregnancy crying and the other half humming with joy - with the occasional bout of unexplained anger - then you know weird emotions are just par for the course when it comes to becoming a parent. Here are a few of the more unexpected ways you might feel …

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Jewel becomes a mother

Grammy-nominated musician Jewel and her husband, professional bull rider Ty Murray, have become first-time parents! The duo welcomed a son, named Kase Townes Murray, on July 12, reports. The healthy baby boy was born at 7 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and the brand new parents couldn't be more excited. "Ty and I are so pleased to welcome our new baby boy into the world," said the 36-year-old singer. "We are overcome with happiness - it really is as great as …

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What to expect in the second trimester

Most ladies know what to expect at the beginning of their pregnancies - nausea, fatigue, a constantly full bladder and sore breasts are some of the most common early signs of pregnancy, and anyone who's ever suspected they might be in a family way probably knows what these symptoms mean. Plus, most gals realize that the end of pregnancy is full of sore feet, achy backs, swollen ankles and cravings for ice cream and pickles. But what should you expect in between? The second trimester of …

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Ivanka Trump welcomes a daughter

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have welcomed their first child into the world - a daughter named Arabella Rose. Ivanka says she's thrilled with the new addition to her family - but admits she was scared about the labor and delivery process. "My breathing exercises are going to come in the form of screams and panic," the 29-year-old star joked with People magazine earlier this month. "I have enough anxiety about the type of mother I'm going to be and the …

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Three great things about being pregnant

Being pregnant isn't always easy, but it certainly comes with its perks! No matter how many questions you have about your pregnancy - What can I eat? Does this mean no more alcohol or caffeine? How will I make it through labor? - there are a lot of reasons to smile about being pregnant with a child, and not just because you'll get to hold your baby in nine months. Here are three great perks about being an expectant mom. 1. You can eat and not feel guilty. Like most gals, you've …

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Why you should cave to your cravings

You've spent most of your adult life staving off the desire for a cookie or a fried chicken leg in order to keep your fit figure, but now that you're pregnant, it's time to let go. Some experts suggest that giving in to your pregnancy cravings, no matter how fattening or weird they may be, is often the best thing you can do for you and your baby, and here's why. Pregnancy is an incredible and natural process, and it's important to listen to what your body is telling you …

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Bottle blondes – do you have to go au naturel while pregnant?

You've been feeling off for a few weeks, so you picked up a pregnancy test at the drug store - and as soon as those two pink lines appear, you're overcome with joy! But then you catch a glimpse of yourself - and your beautiful blonde locks - in the mirror, and realize that you're going to have to go back to brunette if you want to have a healthy baby. Is it true that bottle blondes can't keep dyeing their hair while they're expecting? There isn't a scientific consensus …

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Epidurals: Pros and cons

When it comes to labor and delivery, few things are more welcome - or more controversial - than an epidural. Thanks to advances in modern medical technology, women can have pain-relieving drugs injected directly into their spines, numbing them from the waist down and easing those famously heinous labor pains. But before you opt for an epidural, make sure that you understand the pros and cons of this medication. Pros Epidurals relieve the pain of labor, which is enough of a pro for many women to …

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Stretch marks – and what you can do about them

Being an expectant mom is an incredible time in any woman's life, and many are happy that they can carry memories of their pregnancies with them forever. For some, however, these reminders of being with a child can get a little too literal. If you don't want to end up with pesky stretch marks at the end of your pregnancy, there are some things you can do while you're expecting to help minimize your odds of ending up with permanent scarring. One way to prevent stretch marks is by …

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Laila Ali talks about her pregnancy cravings

Laila Ali may be expecting her second child at the moment, but that doesn't mean this pregnancy is any easier than her first. In fact, the former professional boxer spoke with OK! Magazine and admitted she's experiencing something entirely new this time around - food cravings. "I really want sweets, sweets, sweets," she told the news outlet. "I've gotta watch it. I've got two more months, and I've already put on 30 pounds." Ali, the daughter of the great …

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