Are you carrying a deadly virus that can hurt your baby?

Most of us have read all there is to know about protecting our babies, but here's one health issue you may have never heard of - cytomegalovirus. Of course, many women who have cytomegalovirus (CMV) never experience any symptoms and are generally unaware that they are carrying the disease, but the congenital version of it could leave a baby with a variety of medical complications. The Centers for Disease Control reports that more disabilities result from congenital CMV than fetal …

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Gwen Stefani talks about dressing up her kids

Stylish moms everywhere look up to Gwen Stefani, a rock-n-roll icon who hasn't lost any of her unique fashion sense despite becoming a mom two times over. And it seems that she isn't the only one who knows a thing or two about fashion - her sons Kingston, 5, and Zuma, 3, are often spotted wearing eccentric and unique outfits. So does this fashion designer have any advice for other clothes-conscious moms? The singer, who was the cover girl for InStyle's November issue, dished on her …

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Three questions every pregnant woman wants answered

So you've just discovered you're pregnant - congratulations! But you're no doubt full of questions, some of which you may even be embarrassed to ask. Here, we'll answer the top three queries most frequently heard from newly pregnant women. 1. Will my sex life change? Some women are too shy to ask their doctors this question face-to-face, but don't worry, we'll answer it for you. Unless you've been given explicit instructions to the contrary, it's safe to continue …

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How will I feel after a Cesarean section?

The number of mothers who undergo Cesarean sections, commonly known as C-sections, is on the rise - accounting for nearly 32 percent of U.S. births in 2007, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. So, if your physician has recommended that you plan for a C-section, what can you expect? A C-section is major abdominal surgery, which means there will be a recovery period. You'll likely spend three to four days in the hospital healing from the procedure, and once you get home it …

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Should you panic if your baby has a fever?

Newborn babies are fragile creatures, and any change in their body temperature can give moms a cause for alarm. If your newborn feels a little too warm to the touch, he may have a fever. How can you check, and what can you do if his temperature is too high?Pinpointing a fever will be simple if you know your baby's typical baseline temperature. An infant's body temperature may be more influenced by external factors, such as how warmly he is dressed or how hot the room is, than an …

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Is your baby fussy or colicky?

Colic is one of the most common conditions affecting newborns - it's not unusual to hear new moms referring to their fussy, upset infants as "colicky." But what is colic really? Your newborn may be affected by the condition if he's younger than five months and cries incessantly, for at least three hours in a row, three days a week, for three weeks. Colic is a frustrating situation for new moms, because it doesn't have any discernible cause. A colicky baby is otherwise …

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Do you need to eat meat for your baby to be healthy?

When you're expecting, finding foods that don't turn your stomach can be a challenge even for the most open-minded eater - and if you're a vegan, that task is likely to be even more complicated! Of course, many high-profile moms - like Emily Deschanel, a famous vegan who welcomed a son in September with her husband David Hornsby - have made an unconventional diet work throughout a pregnancy. But maintaining a special diet when you're expecting requires a lot of vigilance. One …

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Hilary Duff expecting a baby boy

Singer and actress Hilary Duff is expecting a baby boy with her husband, professional hockey player Mike Comrie, reports People magazine. The 24-year-old, who recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, told the talk show host that her intuition about the baby's sex was right all along. "I had a feeling it was a boy the whole time," she confessed to DeGeneres. The road to pregnancy has been a long one for Duff, who's had a number of false alarms since she said "I …

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Is there a wrong time to announce your pregnancy?

A lot of women are so overjoyed to discover they're expecting that it's all they can do not to literally shout it from the rooftops. Others, however, may not be ready to tell their friends and family that they're pregnant right away. There's no right or wrong way to announce your pregnancy, but here are a few things to keep in mind. First, many women prefer to wait until the end of their first trimester before announcing that they're expecting. Because the risk of …

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Is an email birth announcement in bad taste?

Your little one has finally arrived! So how will you let your wide-ranging friends and family know that you're now a mom? There are a ton of different ways, from the modern to the traditional, but here are some of our faves. 1. Paper birth announcements. Want to go old school? Send out letters to your friends and family with your baby's name and birthday. You can use all kinds of personalized stationary for this task, so get creative. 2. Digital birth announcements. If you're the …

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