Get The Picture?

Join us for a rare inside peek at a labor-and-delivery room. Have a good look now—chances are you won’t notice much once you’re in labor. By Emily Bloch Photographs by Lisa Franchot Special thanks to Good Samaritan Hospital, Los AngelesStart to finish, here’s what it looks like...The nurses at the registration desk will likely welcome you with warm smiles, no matter how you look when you get off the elevator. Most hospitals will offer a “pre-admission” option, allowing …

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Plan The Right Way for the Big Day

Not sure what to expect from labor? Prepare yourself with this birth plan advice and handy questionnaire By Emily LovelyLike Kegel exercises and reading the final chapters in that massive pregnancy manual beside your bed, writing a birth plan is worth the effort pre-delivery—and it can also help ease your anxiety about labor.Of course, you can’t control how your bundle of joy makes his grand entrance, so a birth plan isn’t actually a plan. Instead, think of it as a short list …

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9 Months of Mocktails

Celebrate right up to delivery with these amazing non-alcoholic drink recipes By Kate Geagan, M.S., R.D. For some, saying bye-bye to booze is a cinch. But the prospect of 40 dry weeks can be puzzling—even for the most devoted mom-to-be. Fortunately, with these alcohol-free recipes, you can keep hosting girls’ night in style. Despite what your friends may say about “the women in France,” alcohol when you’re expecting is definitely a no-no; it can cause a range of serious conditions …

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I can do what with my placenta?

Oh, the placenta. Of course you know its functions during pregnancy: supplying the fetus with maternal nutrients and disposing of waste. But you might be surprised to learn what some people are doing with the placenta after delivery!Using placenta extracts for facials is all the rage in some cities (including Hollywood). The claim is that they help rebuild cells, accelerate tissue regeneration, and do even more miraculous feats by replacing the vital nutrients that are lost during …

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Do You Have Mom-Tuition?

Those faint voices coming from inside are actually your first whispers of mother’s intuition. Here’s how to honor your new role and hear—loud and clear—what you already know By Ziba Kashef, Editor at Large Illustration by John WebsterAsk a group of moms if they’ve ever had sixth sense about their child and you’ll be flooded with eerie examples and jaw-dropping anecdotes. Like the newly pregnant mom who had a dream about a co-worker telling her she was having a boy—and nine …

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That Magic Number

The splurger’s guide to getting those extra 300 calories a day By Kate Geagan, M.S., R.D. We all know the saying, but are you really “eating for two” now that you’re sporting a baby bump? And, if so, do you have license to reach for a daily treat because “the baby loves chocolate cake?” Tempting, for sure—but wrong! Although it’s true your baby’s fully forming in the first trimester, it isn’t until the second that her major growth starts. That’s when your calorie needs go …

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To The 9’s

Ready or not, here come the holidays! Here are the season’s hottest looks for going out and looking gorgeous—no matter how far along you are Photography by Mark Madeo Styling by Margo Rego Hair and makeup by Meaganne McCandessA Pea in the Pod Sleeveless Ruched Maternity Dress in Silver, $148,; Gray Grape Cluster Earrings, $59, Pimlico Place (510.655.7081); Silver Ring With Clear Stone, $135, Pimlico Place; Gray Feather Hat, $89, Pimlico Place Pouch Kicky Versatile …

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Knocked Up and Laid Off?

By Lora Shinn It’s the one time in your life you could really use a beer—and you can’t have one “It’s truly amazing how one phone call can change so many aspects of your life,” says Marsha Martin, a mom in Jacksonville, FL. One Monday morning this summer, just after 8 a.m., Martin’s manager called her and read from a script: “Your position has been eliminated, effective today.” Martin was seven months pregnant. “In one day, we went from planning a trip to Walt Disney World …

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Will Junior Be a Good Eater?

The answer is yes, especially if you’re aware of how your pregnancy diet affects baby’s future tastes. Here’s what you can do By Kate Geagan, M.S., R.D. “Mommy, more please.” Those magic words play like music to a mother’s ears, especially if the dish in question is something that qualifies as “healthy.” And although this scenario might seem far off while you’re still stuck in what could be The World’s Largest Pants, it appears that a budding eater’s “food road map” …

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That’s No Baby, It’s a Friend Magnet!

By Sasha Brown Worsham I can remember the first person who offered me a seat on the subway when I was nine months pregnant. ­Although I never would have had the courage to ask her for the seat, her act of kindness and her words—“I know how you feel”—made me want to carve our names in a tree. She was my BFF—at least for that train ride. We all know those angels of mercy who become our closest friends when we are most in need—struggling to lug our stroller up flights of stairs, …

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