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  1. Mothers Share Their Sept. 11 Stories

    I must admit I cringed when my editor first asked me to write profiles of mothers who had lost a husband or a child in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. How could I find out how these moms were doing without aggravating their sorrow? Plus, weren't they sick of the media microscope? The answers to my q

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  2. Giving Birth the Old Way

    Laura Shanley not only had her four children at home, but she birthed them without a doctor or midwife. Hunkered over a plastic tub, she even tugged out a breech baby by herself while her husband was away. This was decades ago, before home births, much less unassisted births, gained popularity. Shan

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  3. Pregnant Moms Getting Fishy Advice

    Much of the fish you eat is contaminated with mercury, a toxic element that finds its way from factories and power plants into rivers, lakes, and oceans. This has become a major public health issue in the U.S., but one that's as murky as the depths from which fisherman raise their catch. Studies hav

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  4. The Waddle's Not So Cute Anymore

    It's the final countdown -- fast approaching single-digit weeks -- before you get to meet your baby and coo over those tiny fingers and toes. Unfortunately, tiny isn't the word that comes to mind these days. The homestretch can be, well, a stretch. Itchy bellies, achy backs, swollen ankles, hemorrho

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  5. Chiropractic During Pregnancy

    Feb. 18, 2002 -- Shawn Kelley delivered her first son, Evan, prematurely at 32 weeks. It looked like she was headed down the same path with her second baby when she started having contractions at 22 weeks. That is, until she tried an unconventional treatment that seems to be working. Kelley started

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  6. Taking Medication While Pregnant

    Feb. 11, 2002 -- When I was four months pregnant, I developed severe stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital. Suspecting appendicitis, the emergency room doctors advised X-rays -- the only way to find out if their suspicions were correct. I panicked. After all, X-rays were on that ominous list

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  7. Choosing a Pregnancy Practitioner

    Jan. 21, 2002 -- Pregnancy kicks off a new chapter in your life, and one of the most important newcomers you'll meet during those nine months -- besides your baby, of course -- is your doctor or midwife. It's this expert who will demystify the incredible changes your body undergoes, answer the gazil

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  8. Here's to Pickles and Ice Cream

    Jan. 7, 2002 -- You've heard of the doting husband who runs out at midnight to buy pickles and ice cream for his pregnant wife, who simply couldn't get to sleep without her fix. Legend, you might say? No way. These great guys -- oh yes, and pregnancy cravings -- really do exist. Bob Gaviglio satisfi

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  9. Family-Sized New Year's Resolutions

    Oh, boy. Here it comes again. The usual time of the year when you say you are going to trim down on both the junk food and where it ends up on the waistline. The idea is as important as ever. But with America rediscovering the importance of family life, why not get everyone at home involved in the N

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  10. Supersized Kids, Diminishing Health.

    Dec. 11, 2001 -- As a nation, we are getting fatter, and that is especially true of our children. A new study confirms that over the last decade, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., hitting boys, African Americans, Hispanics, and kids living in Southern states the hardest

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