How to be cool in your new #momlife

When I found out I was pregnant, I freaked out. I knew I wanted to have kids eventually but having one so soon was definitely not my plan. It was 2009 and the economy was melting down like a Twitter celeb on Ambien. I lost my job at an art restoration firm in Chicago. No one was hiring—and even if they were, a pregnant woman was not their ideal candidate. So just like that, I went from the cool-kid city life to being a stay-at-home mom. I loved being a mom, but I was losing myself as a …

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What you’ll love – and hate – about pregnancy

Being pregnant is a big chapter in your life, but we'll be honest: not all of it's sunshine and rainbows. There are times when you'll find that you could be pregnant forever and times when you'll hate it.One of the most amazing parts of being pregnant is when you get to feel those little kicks. You may not realize what they are at first because they kind of feel like little butterflies, but eventually you and your partner will be able to see flips and kicks from over your clothing. …

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What you really need to know about your post-baby body

Ladies, I have figured out the real reason that French women are so darn confident. Four years ago, I gave birth to my first child in France and became privy to a fascinating secret: pelvic floor and vaginal health are incredibly important to the French. The reason I know that now is because I took part in a program that every woman who gives birth in France participates in called, “la rééducation périnéale”, which translates to, “perineal re-education." You’re probably …

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Top five pregnancy concerns of moms-to-be

Pregnancy is a time filled with excitement and changes but for many new moms, the journey can be overwhelming. I see many new expecting mothers in my office who, naturally, have many questions about each trimester, including what to expect, what’s considered normal, and what they should be doing differently. There are a few questions that seem to come up time and time again, covering everything from prenatal testing to breastfeeding. The top five concerns of new moms-to-be …

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Fast facts on fish oils and pregnancy

Congratulations! You’re pregnant and you know your calorie needs have increased to support your growing baby. But, your new calorie goals are not a free pass to eat anything and everything you can get your hands on (Hardly! Most pregnant women need just 300-450 extra calories per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding). Pay attention to the quality and type of nutrients you need, perhaps most importantly omega-3 fatty acids. What are omega-3s? Omega-3s are a type of unsaturated fat. There …

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Move it! Your guide to keeping fit throughout pregnancy

What keeps your heart healthy, your spirits high and your weight in-check? Exercise. Now with a baby on the way, physical activity is more important than ever. Here's what you need to know before you hit the gym: Why it matters As long as you have a healthy pregnancy and get your doctor's permission, a regular and gentle exercise routine can help ease a host of uncomfortable symptoms. When you get moving, you can expect the following:A good night's sleep A boost to your self esteem …

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6 things pregnant women don’t want to hear

Although you're still in the early stages of pregnancy, it probably wouldn't hurt to start preparing now to hear some bothersome things throughout the next nine months. Not only will you seemingly get bigger by the day as you get further down the road to baby, you're going to get more uncomfortable. Things pregnant women don't want to hear In addition to your baby belly growing bigger, hormones are also running rampant through your body. Things that you would normally find funny if you …

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Pregnant? Avoid these mistakes applying bug spray

With every corner of the U.S. seemingly breaking out in a heat wave, concerns about the Zika virus are traveling fast.While this mosquito-transmitted virus may be mild for most, for pregnant women Zika carries the potential of serious birth defects for their developing babies. Currently, the reported cases in the United States can all be traced back to countries experiencing outbreaks of the virus (see their updated list here). However, experts agree that it’s time to step up our insect …

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New dad? Here’s what to expect

My friend Dan called me at work and I could sense the excitement in his voice. His wife was out of town with both their kids. Did I want to meet him at the sports bar tonight? The Bruins were playing the Canadians. The Celtics were wrapping up their regular season. And, drum roll please, the Red Sox and Yankees were on, too!If there was ever a night for some serious male bonding over greasy burgers and cold beer, this was it. I said yes, before even checking with my wife, even …

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1 simple tip for a gentler birth

How to boost bonding and ease baby’s entry into the world The moment of birth comes as a great shock to a baby. Life inside the womb is cozy—warm, dark, quiet, soft, liquid, and all embracing. Suddenly, after some brutal squeezing, that comforting environment vanishes. Now there is bright light, noise, hard surfaces, loss of body contact, and this strange sensation of being surrounded, not by liquid, but by air. No wonder the baby lets out a cry of panic.Observations of newborns …

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