Science of why dads are important

Countless studies have shown that having an engaged father greatly increases a child’s chances of having a good life.But why? What is it that dads do that matters so much?If we are familiar with the most crucial aspects then we can focus and make sure to be there for our kids in the best ways possible.This week’s video explores the psychological science behind fatherhood and will help you hone in on how to be a great dad.Watch more videos at Full Frontal …

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Actress Emily Blunt: “I forget I’m even pregnant”

Actress Emily Blunt (of The Devil Wears Prada and Edge of Tomorrow fame) opened up to C Magazine on the stark differences between pregnancy with her first child and her second.Blunt and her husband, actor John Krasinski, married in 2010. Four years later, in 2014 the pair welcomed a daughter, Hazel, into their family. Now, the countdown is on as the Krasinski-Blunt clan awaits baby #2. Here's what the actress had to say about her latest pregnancy:“The first pregnancy is the most …

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Can you make baby smarter before birth?

Expectant mothers want to get everything right. We try to eat right, and pray that there are no complications. We stay away from caffeine and fruits sprayed with pesticides and pop DHA supplements. We do everything to give our babies a head start—and it’s happening earlier and earlier.Too early for some, in fact, Jen Taylor, a pharmacist in Richmond, VA, who has a 7 year old and an 18 month old, says that pregnant mothers worry too much about what they should be doing, which …

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How to make the most of your epidural

You know the exchange heard more often than not when you’re dishing post-delivery: Did you get the drugs? Oh, yes. But although the epidural is the labor pain–control method of choice for American women, like any medication, it has side effects:pesky ones like itching and shivering, and uneven spreading, when the drug pools on one side of the body. Yet a few tricks can minimize these side effects—and maximize the epidural’s benefits.The latest advance in epidural anesthesia …

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4 reasons why spring pregnancies are the best

Now that the world outside our windows is finally blooming and turning green, there's no better time to be an expectant mom. If you and your partner just got your first positive pregnancy test, you'll be pleased to know there are a number of reasons to enjoy pregnancy in the springtime. Here are just a few: Fresh food During spring and summer, groceries and farmers markets are brimming with juicy fruits, dark, leafy greens and more fresh produce than you could ever hope to consume. The …

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How to protect your relationship from pregnancy mood swings

Your husband or your hormones? Back in the day, you were able to tolerate coming home to dirty dishes piled sky-high in the sink, even though your husband swore he would do them. You could overlook how he forgot to pick up the dry cleaning – for the umpteenth time this month. Now that you’re pregnant, his actions have gone way past mildly annoying to totally irritating, and you’re about ready to explode.Unfortunately, as tempting as it is to blame your partner for your bad mood, …

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Single and pregnant? You’re not the only one

We all make plans as to how our lives will go, but oftentimes the path we map out isn't the one on which we eventually land. Single parenthood is no small task, and being pregnant and single is no walk in the park either. Whether you chose to get pregnant on your own or popped a surprise bun into your oven, having someone around to lend a hand is nice, but not having one isn't the end of the world. There is plenty of single mother support out there if you know where to look. Reach out  The …

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Laboring longer might actually be good for you

A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that longer labor times may benefit both mom and baby by lowering the risk of a Cesarean section. The research, performed by Thomas Jefferson University, followed 78 first-time moms in an effort to challenge long-held laboring standards here in the United States.Read more: 5 girlfriend secrets for an easier laborThose standards date back to the 1800s and have only changed once, in the 1980s, to amend …

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5 early pregnancy signs to watch out for

For some women, getting pregnant naturally can take a mix of hard work, planning, and diligence. While for some, conceiving may be an easy process, for others, it can take time and patience.When it comes to a first time mother, there are plenty of signs to watch out for with pregnancy, but the following are five that are easy to overlook or confuse with sickness or premenstrual syndrome. Are you mistaking some of these early signs for another health issue? Consider this list of the five …

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Natural pregnancy tips: How to improve your sex drive

The reigning natural pregnancy tip should be obvious: Simply have sex! However, with so much pressure to perform and all the stress and changes that come with pregnancy, it shouldn't come as any surprise that your sex drive can suffer. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to get your libido back. Hit the gym Not only is exercise good for you, but it will assist your body when getting ready for baby and help you feel better about yourself. The Huffington Post also noted that excess body …

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