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7 Useful Tips For Pregnancy

Dr. Philip Landrigan, pediatrician, who won the 2010 Heart of Green “Protector” Award and has been lead investigator of the National Children’s Study, has simple tips for pregnant women:Keep yourself healthy and fit and maintain proper body weight, and optimum blood pressureGet the Rubella vaccine. No research has been able to prove any link between […]

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Mark McGrath and Fiancée Welcome Twins

Thursday morning Mark McGrath's fiancée, Carin Kingsland, gave birth to twins - a boy and a girl - in Los Angeles.Son Lydon Edward weighed in at 5 lbs., 7 oz. upon his arrival at 9:54 a.m., daughter Hartley Grace came one minute later, weighing 4 lbs., 8 oz., McGrath's rep told PEOPLE exclusively."We are so […]

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Sex of baby drives response to pregnancy stress

University of Adelaide research is showing that the sex of the baby determines the way it responds to stressors during pregnancy and its ability to survive pregnancy complications.Male and female babies during pregnancy show different growth and development patterns following stressors during pregnancy such as disease, cigarette use or psychological stress.The research is being carried […]

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Hair Removal Before The BIG DAY!

I have yet to go to Brazil but I have had "a taste of Brazil" if you know what I mean wink wink nudge nudge.DISCLAIMER: Let's start with saying if you are ulrta-conservative, a member of my family or get bashful when you hear the words "Brazilian Wax" let's save both of us the embarrassment, […]

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Bedrest: Week One

So what I'm learning about bedrest is that I'm lousy at delegating things to my husband - which doesn't bode well for us with the whole twins thing. Must work on communication!I suck at telling him exactly what I want. I kind of suck at actually knowing exactly what I want. I'm not specific enough. […]

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Ideas for Mother’s Day

Oh, what a troubling day this is, especially if you have yet to bring a baby home. One of the reasons I started Casey Shay Press was to come up with ways for us to remember and celebrate our babies, even if they were only with us for a few weeks of pregnancy. Early this […]

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Early Pregnancy Bleeding – Implantation Bleeding, Miscarriage Or Infection?

Not all early pregnancy bleeding is a cause for worry or a sign that something is wrong. In a number of cases, early pregnancy bleeding is considered perfectly normal and no reason for concern.One kind of early pregnancy bleeding is caused by the process of implantation.One in four pregnant women will experience implantation bleeding, which […]

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Pregnancy With IUD In Place – Possible Complications You Should Beware Of

Though IUDs (copper as well as progesterone releasing) are very effective means of birth control, they have a failure rate of 1 to 2%.When a pregnancy does occur with an IUD in place the following are possible complications that could occur:Ectopic Pregnancies have a higher chance of occurring in the presence of an IUD rather […]

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Breast-Feeding During Pregnancy: A Painful, Controversial Choice

I had a positive pregnancy test when my first daughter was just 9 months old, and I immediately called my ob-gyn to share the news."Stop breast-feeding," she told me, and dutifully, I weaned my daughter that night.A week later, when I miscarried what turned out to have been a chemical pregnancy, I had two things […]

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just time

On the anniversary of Sadies death I received an email from a woman I befriended through our antenatal class, whose boy would have been turning two around the same time. I was surprised that she remembered until it occurred to me that she must on some level associate her sons birthday with Sadies death, considering […]

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Ovarian Cysts And Pregnancy – What You Should Know

Though it is natural to be concerned about undergoing pregnancy when being diagnosed with ovarian cysts, the fact is that in a lot of cases this may not be cause for concern. Since a large proportion of ovarian cysts are benign, they may not be of much consequence to a woman during pregnancy.An ultrasound will […]

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Matt Damon’s Wife Is Pregnant Again

Matt Damon and his wife Luciana are expecting another baby, his rep confirms to UsMagazine.com.His rep tells Us, "Everyone is excited."Damon, 39, and Luciana, 34, are parents to Isabella, 3, and Gia, 21 months. Luciana has a daughter, Alexia, 11, from a previous marriage.Damon -- who quietly wed Luciana at NYC City Hall in December […]

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Babies Suck: A Look at Pacifiers

Type "pacifiers" into Google and it immediately asks a common parenting question. "Pacifiers: Are they good for your baby?"I thought no. Isaiah thought yes. And if he could type, he'd put that "yes" in italics and all caps.From the moment my son was born, the one and only thing he asked of the world is […]

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USDA Cracks Down on Synthetic Fatty Acids in Organic Milk

The Obama administration, continuing its crackdown on the $25 billion organic food industry, is moving to eliminate two synthetic additives widely found in organic baby formula and organic milk.Most U.S. manufacturers of conventional and organic baby formula have supplemented their products with the fatty acids DHA and ARA for several years in order to make […]

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Glasses For Fertility?

I thought I'd heard it all, but I found this article on how special glasses can actually help regulate our melatonin which can help with fertility there's even a link which shows where you can get them. It's strange, but it makes sense. Read more: Glasses stimulate fertilityFrom the article:"The timing of the birth of […]

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Making No Sew Curtains for Spawnie: What I’m Makin(g) Monday

I know it's SO LAME but I come close to tears when I talk about putting Spawnie's nursery together. Decorating a nursery for a little girl is quite honestly something I've dreamed of doing for SO LONG.I've never had a set sketch or layout decided but I've always known I'd want lots of PINK... And […]

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Is Running OK During Pregnancy?

In the old days it was that pregnant women were treated as fragile and delicate. It was thought that any strain or strenuous activity; any exertion would endanger both mother and child.However, now, as medical science and mothers themselves understand more about the tremendous capability of the female body, we understand better the dos and […]

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Kourtney Kardashian’s Tips To Get Back Your Body Post Pregnancy

Many women revel in their new role as mother but still regret the pounds that have piled on in the process. While each woman’s body responds differently for motherhood, weight gain is almost universal and each woman desires to get back the body she had before she got pregnant.Celebrity mom Kourtney Kardashian who gave birth […]

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Fetal Heart Rate Monitor Leads to Unecessary C-Sections

My patient needed to be delivered. She had just developed eclampsia, a potentially fatal disease that afflicts women in the second half of pregnancy. She had suffered a seizure and dangerously high blood pressure, and was at risk for far worse, including a stroke. No one knows why this condition arises, but delivery sure clears […]

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The Weekend.

So we survived the weekend, with our two-bedroom apartment filled with four adults, two infants and three dogs. And, you know, we did more than survive it. We had a great time. I was able to let go of the neat-freak, obsessive compulsive-cleaning demon that had taken over my body for the past three months […]

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Weight: An Issue For Both Men and Women Trying To Conceive

Most of us have heard how overweight women may have trouble conceiving, however this interesting article cites a study which found that if both partners were obese it may take even longer to conceive. Read more: Too Much Weight Spells Double Trouble For Couples Trying To ConceiveResearchers in Denmark studied 47,835 Danish couples between 1996 […]

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National Infertility Awareness Week: A Time for Serious Reflection

National statistics indicate that as many 4 million of an estimated 35 million cohabiting heterosexual couples in the United States are infertile (i.e. unable to conceive within a year of trying). Saturday, April 24th, marked the start of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), which is intended to make aspiring parents aware of their vulnerability when […]

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A1A Beachfront Avenue, just kidding just kidding

So the day everyone else left for home, Corinne, Kyle and I headed down to Ft Lauderdale. Ada tagged along, too. Jon had wanted me gone until he finished his finals, and Corinne and Kyle wanted a beach vacation, and their friend's parents have a condo there, so it was the perfect thing.The place was […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, Weather Radio Edition

I spent most of yesterday* listening to the weather radio repeatedly sound its alarm (we had tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings most of the day), watching the driveway fill up with water, and wondering what the lightning just hit to make that sound. It seems only right to start the round-up, then, with tornado […]

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naming ceremony…

trying this for the umpteenth timeSo the naming ceremony. First some back-story. When Bliss was 6 months old I had a naming ceremony for him. I knew I wanted to do something to welcome him to this world but as I am not Christian a baptism was not really apropos. I had liked ceremonies friends […]

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