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Summer is quickly approaching and that leads to the question, “So what are your plans for the summer?” Pinterest is filled with summer planning tools from daily schedules to recommended weekly activities for you to do with the kids. You research family vacations, buy season passes to various parks, and set up play dates and
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Pooping on the delivery table is good for your baby, so bear down and push… actually squeeze! Literally the biggest fear of new moms everywhere seems to be the concern of pooping during delivery. Although this is a natural part of the process, and happens to just about everyone, young women everywhere spend an inordinate
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It’s so easy for full-time working parents to get caught up in their hectic lifestyles. Creating the balance between the pressure of their jobs, their kids’ activities and other daily life responsibilities. Often times parents get so overwhelmed, they forget to make time for romance with their partner. As your schedule gets more and more
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Inevitably, our relationships with our parents change as we get older. From birth to age 20-something, in most cases (certainly, there are exceptions), it’s been all about us, our needs, our problems and our desires. Then, as we mature, we have the opportunity to flip the script and get to know our parents as well-rounded individuals,
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Originally published on Motherly. By Neha Mandhani “Mama, are you okay? Are you happy now?” This is what my 2.5-year-old son asked me the other day as he saw me wipe tears from my cheeks. I was having an intense discussion with my husband and for someone sensitive like me, tears trickle down my cheeks
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Every woman’s experience of miscarriage is different. Some people might want to know how long the process lasts so that they can prepare both mentally and physically. Miscarriage, or pregnancy loss, is classified as a pregnancy that ends before 20 weeks. It is more common than many people think, occurring in about 8–20 percent of
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As pregnancy progresses, a woman may have difficulty catching her breath after carrying out routine tasks, such as climbing the stairs. According to a 2015 study, an estimated 60 to 70 percent of women experience shortness of breath during pregnancy. Doctors often attribute this to the growing uterus pushing upward on the lungs and making
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Many pregnant women experience bellybutton pain during the second and third trimester. The bellybutton, or navel, is the attachment point for the placenta in the womb. It is not attached to any part of the abdominal cavity after birth. Most causes of bellybutton pain are harmless and will disappear when the baby is born. This
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During pregnancy, the body’s blood volume increases. The heart needs to pump faster to circulate the extra blood, and this can lead to a faster resting heart rate. Sometimes, the extra exertion on the heart can lead to palpitations. A heart palpitation may feel as though the heart is: skipping beats racing flopping in the
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Some people believe that nipple stimulation can induce labor. However, while nipple stimulation can release hormones that cause uterine contraction, most studies show that it does not bring about the onset of actual labor. Most doctors do not recommend nipple stimulation to induce labor, but some anecdotal evidence exists for its effectiveness. In this article,
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Apart from having a doctor’s opinion during an ultrasound, is it possible to predict a baby’s sex? Friends and family may point out signs of having a girl or boy, but most of these will probably be based on folklore rather than science. An ultrasound at 20 weeks into the pregnancy is the most reliable
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A pregnant woman will notice many different movements as the baby develops, and these movements are likely to get stronger with each trimester. As well as kicks, rolls, and jabs, a woman may also notice fetal hiccups. Identifying fetal hiccups can be difficult. A woman may notice, however, that the sensation of hiccups is more
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Cystic hygromas are fluid-filled sacs that occur most commonly on the head or neck of a baby. They are a result of blockages in the lymphatic system. Doctors can sometimes detect cystic hygromas using ultrasounds during pregnancy. They can also diagnose them after the baby is born. Some cystic hygromas may not appear until the
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Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at other times. Most cases of dehydration in pregnancy are mild, but severe dehydration can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The fetus places intense demands on the body, and women who are pregnant need to consume extra nutrients. Morning sickness, as well as conditions
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Usually, newborns grunt when they learn how to pass stool. However, this grunting can occasionally indicate a health issue, such as trapped mucus, gastroesophageal reflux or irregular breathing. In this article, we explore the reasons that newborns grunt. We also discuss accompanying symptoms, home remedies, and when to see a doctor. Is newborn grunting normal?
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