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[26 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 75 views]

Preeclampsia is a problem that happens only to pregnant women during pregnancy and less commonly in the postpartum period. This problem affects both the mother and the unborn child. Preeclampsia has an effect on approximately 5-8% of all pregnant women in the latter half of the pregnancy. The majority of cases of preeclampsia are diagnosed after 20 weeks and before delivery of the baby. However, preeclampsia can occur up to six weeks after the baby is born.

There are other syndromes that look similar to preeclampsia such as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH), …

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[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 79 views]

The birth of your baby is a hectic time in the life of a family. There is quite a bit to plan and work out before you head out to the hospital.

And, unless you have a planned induction or cesarean section, the actual date you are going to deliver is just a mystery. Your doctor may be able to tell you within a week or so of when you should deliver but moms have been known to deliver a week or two early to a week or two late. That’s a four week …

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[24 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 70 views]

Before we can explain to our children what breastfeeding is we must first have a firm grasp ourselves. As our society has completely sexualized breasts they original intent of those body parts is totally lost. They were not developed as play things for your partner but rather as a means to an end. That end is feeding and providing nourishment to young babies.

Explaining breastfeeding to children begins by explaining that all animals feed their babies this way. Cows have udders, puppies nurse from their mothers, kittens nurse, even dolphins nurse underwater (cool …

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[23 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 66 views]

Your third trimester of pregnancy is exciting and tiring at the same time. Your first trimester was tiring. During the second trimester you’ve regained your energy and lost the morning sickness.

Now you are larger, have an altered center of gravity and are beginning to get tired and fatigued once more. And yet, your doctor continues to encourage you to exercise in third trimester.

You say WHAT? But your doctor is on the right track. Women who have exercised through their pregnancy report they have generally easier deliveries. Does this mean …

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[22 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 95 views]

Did you know you can take childbirth classes online? You can take classes at the hospital, outpatient clinic or birthing center. And as many different places you can take childbirth classes there are even more classes available.

So how do you choose the right class to fit your particular situation? What questions do you ask and how do you evaluate the class itself?

When parents are having their first child they can be overwhelmed with questions, concerns and fears. Childbirth classes can help to calm those fears and answer those questions so you …

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[21 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 78 views]

Bottle feeding babies formula is more than just a time for them to get the nutrition they need to live. Its a time to cuddle, bond, have direct eye contact, and a time for your new little one to learn about the one who comforts them.

Bottle feeding babies formula can be a time to give formula or breast milk. Research has found that breast milk has just the right amount of fats, proteins and nutrients to help your baby grow, develop and to grow his brain cells.

Sometimes formula has to be substituted for …

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[20 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 83 views]

You are pregnant. You are excited! You are planning for the birth of your new little baby, decorating the nursery, planning your maternity leave at work, making arrangements for your other children, attending baby showers and then your doctor tells gives you the news. You must stay in bed until your baby is born.

Bedrest is a situation that women find themselves facing under several varying circumstances. It may be that you are late in the pregnancy and over exerting yourself to get finished with your to-do list before the baby …

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[19 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 74 views]

Creating and throwing unusual baby showers is a great way to bring together family and friends around the birth of a new family member. Baby showers have been a traditional event for decades and sometimes the whole event is also so traditional that they become staid and boring. But, with the props and party ideas that are available today unusual baby showers can be fun and exciting bringing the party back to baby shower.

When you are planning a cool and unusual baby shower you have a couple of decisions to make initially. …

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[16 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 37 views]

You are pregnant and excited! The new little baby is due for delivery in just a few months and even your other children are picking up on the excitement in the house.

If you have other children this is a time to carefully plan how and when to tell them about the new baby and then how to support them through the pregnancy and the delivery of their new little brother or sister.

Bringing another baby into the home is an exciting and disruptive time in the lives of young children. Even teens find that …

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[15 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 50 views]

You are pregnant and whether you are planning to breast feed or not your body is doing the work for you. Breastfeeding has been shown by many published research studies to be the form of nutrition best for your baby to provide the needed antibodies to prevent infection and the correct amount of nutrients to feed your baby’s growing body and brain.

But if you haven’t breastfed before you might feel a little intimidated. After all, breastfeeding is a natural event. But it is also a learned art. Women aren’t born knowing …