Who is that Masked Man? Meeting the Primary Players

If you choose to give birth in a hospital, you’re likely to witness a large number of people parading in and out of the delivery room. Who are all of these masked men and women? Educating yourself about the names and roles of the primary players will help you feel more at-ease on delivery day.…

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There’s No Place like Home: The Truth about Home Deliveries

When thinking about where to deliver, many women immediately pick a hospital and never think twice about it. But the truth is, a number of expectant mothers are choosing not to have their childbirth in a hospital and opting instead on giving birth at home. A lot of people may raise their eyebrows at the…

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The Hospital Myth Debunked: What You Should Know about Delivering your Baby in a Hospital

When it comes time to decide where you want to give birth, the hospital may be your first inclination. After all, almost 99 percent of pregnant women opt to deliver their child in a hospital instead of at home. There are definite advantages to being in a hospital. For one thing, you’ll have an entire…

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Thinking Outside the Box: Alternative Methods of Pain Relief

Many pregnant women are wary of drugs when it comes time to give birth, choosing instead to remain totally awake and cognizant during every stage of their delivery. But this doesn’t mean they want to feel pain – they just want a more natural way to deal with it. If this describes you, you’ll be…

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Cleaning House the Safe Way: Household Toxins and Pregnancy

Here’s some shocking news there are over 4 million different types of chemicals commonly used in homes across the United States. Many of these have been shown to have adverse effects on pregnant women and their unborn babies. For example, a British study recently found that pregnant women who used household cleaners were twice as…

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When Enough Is Enough: Pregnant Women and Weight Gain

Weight gain is a natural and necessary part of pregnancy. Nevertheless, it is still something that many expectant mothers dread, and as you begin to learn about how to care for your body during pregnancy, you might be wondering how much is too much. The reality is that there is no “magic number” for pregnancy…

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Something Fishy: How to Get the Omega-3 You Need During Pregnancy

Fat’s developed quite a negative reputation recently, but not all fats are bad. Omega-3 fatty acids are “good fats” that are essential in protecting against immune and inflammatory diseases. Unfortunately, however, most Americans consume far more omega-6 fatty acids (“bad fats”) than they do omega-3 fatty acids. A person’s consumption ratio of omega-3 fatty acids…

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Breathe Easy: Improving the Air Quality in Your Home for a Safer Pregnancy

If you’re like most pregnant women, you’ve probably heard from your doctor that you must avoid germs that could make you sick and weaken your body during this delicate time. You’re probably making an effort to wash your hands and eat right, and you’ve probably also taken steps to make sure that your home is…

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Prevention Is the Best Medicine: Illnesses You Should Know About During the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Congratulations – you’re pregnant! Now the real work begins. Your first trimester of pregnancy is a delicate and crucial time for your own health and your baby’s. The easiest thing you can do is to pay special attention to those “healthy habits” you’ve been practicing all along: avoid people with symptoms of cold or flu,…

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Mother Courage: Conquering Your Fear During Your First Trimester of Pregnancy

Congratulations – you’re going to be a mother! The nine-month rollercoaster commonly known as pregnancy is about to begin. Welcome to the first trimester. If you’re like most pregnant women, you’ll probably experience a whole assortment of conflicting emotions during your first trimester of pregnancy including joy, confusion, and fear of the unknown – and…

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