Prenatal appointment 101

A few tips for making the most of your ob/gyn appointments Unlike some visits to a doctor’s office, a prenatal appointment is usually quick and pleasant. It is primarily designed for you and your health care provider to receive updated information regarding you and your baby, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and rule out any complications.To maximize the time you spend with your ob/gyn, take these suggestions from The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy.Make a …

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3 reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to gain weight during pregnancy

The old adage "You're eating for two now" during pregnancy still finds its way into conversation, but in reality, this isn't really true. You're still in charge of consuming a healthy diet and managing your weight gain. However, you should remember that gaining weight during pregnancy is totally normal, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight.According to the Mayo Clinic, you may want to think about these guidelines for pregnancy weight gain:Women who are underweight before becoming …

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Why pregnancy sex is so important

Sex easily falls to the wayside during pregnancy. Research shows that good sex has a significant impact upon not just the relationship, but also a woman's ability to have an easeful and even joyful birth.Unfortunately, sex during pregnancy can be quite complicated for a variety of physical and emotional reasons.This week’s video will outline how to overcome these hurdles and make sure you continue to enjoy the wonders of sex as you embark on the first steps of parenthood. …

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5 expert tips to make childbirth easier

Giving birth is like running a marathon: You'll get better results if you prepare. In labor and delivery, your body will get the workout of a lifetime – especially your pelvic floor, the muscles that support your uterus. Prepare for the big day with these tips. When contractions start, you'll be glad you did. Step 1: Do Kegels Kegel exercises aren't just for better sex; they also improve strength and endurance in the muscles of your pelvic floor. Syed Rizvi, M.D., of the Women's Health …

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Three women who did amazing things during pregnancy

As you're preparing for baby's arrival, you may be reading up on parenting advice and consulting with your doctor about dietary and fitness changes you should make to keep your baby healthy. Getting ready for a baby is a large task on its own, but there have been some women who have managed to pull off historic feats during their pregnancies. Three of these expectant moms stand out amongst the rest - here are their stories. Running all the way to the delivery room As of October 2011, Amber …

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The gentler way to maintain your bikini line during pregnancy

That bump makes it hard to see—never mind maintain—your bikini line! Our experts share smart advice for keeping tidy (if that's your thing) Maybe you’re one of those moms-to-be who couldn't care less when it comes to your bikini line—especially once you can’t see it anymore. But for some, personal grooming in that area is essential, whether it’s date night or delivery day. Yes, medical professionals have seen it all—and no, there's no requirement to trim for childbirth. But …

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8 steps to take today for a healthy pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy, everyone seems to have an opinion on what's best for mom and her baby. When taking in all of this advice - some of it hair-brained, some of it contradictory - it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed, confused and frustrated. That's why we're going back to basics, paring down the most sound and simplest advice for a healthy, stress-free and happy pregnancy. Find your health care team One of your first steps should be finding a doctor or midwife who you feel confident …

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4 tips to boost your bond with baby during pregnancy

Don't wait until delivery day to begin building a relationship with your son or daughter. Though sight unseen, you can still nurture a bond with your baby that will last a lifetime. Here's how: Use your voice Your little one is growing and changing at an incredible rate. By the second trimester, his or her hearing develops and your baby will be influenced by outside noise. Of all these new sounds he or she is taking in, your voice will be the most familiar and comforting. After all, your …

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3 childbirth myths: Busted!

Let's call a spade a spade: When it comes to childbirth, Hollywood almost always gets it wrong. If your knowledge of labor and delivery is largely informed by what you've seen on the big screen, then you're in for a surprise or two. Here are some of the biggest myths about giving birth that movies perpetuate: Myth No. 1: Labor begins with your water breaking We all know the scene: A woman and her partner are out shopping. One minute she's absolutely fine, and the next she's looking wide-eyed …

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Are late-term babies born smarter?

Adding to the great induction debate A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests the length of your pregnancy may have an impact on baby’s brain. The research, led by Dr. David Figlio at Northwestern University, studied more than 1.5 million children in Florida.The three-year study involved single birth children born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation between 1998 and 2013. Eighty percent of the participants attended public school.The details Researchers looked to …

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