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    1. 5 Things to Do After a Surprise Pregnancy

      An unplanned pregnancy can be quite a shock, but there’s no reason to panic. You’re not alone. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are surprises. Here are the first five steps you should take.    1. Call your primary care doctor or ob/gyn and make an appointment. “It’s important to see your d

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    2. What Shots Do Moms-to-Be Need?

      If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you'll probably feel miserable for a few days. But if you happen to be pregnant, you could get really sick -- sick enough to wind up in the hospital. You might even go into labor prematurely, or give birth to a smaller-than-normal baby. By arming y

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    3. Pregnancy Brain: Myth or Reality?

      You may have heard about little bouts of forgetfulness during pregnancy. It's sometimes called momnesia or sometimes "pregnancy brain." At least one Australian study has cast doubt on whether there is such a thing as pregnancy brain. But what if it's real? What can you do about it while you're pregn

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    4. Childbirth: The Stages of Delivery

      Unlike in the movies, labor and delivery isn't always scripted. No one knows exactly what triggers labor, though hormones are suspected to play a role. And though labor is divided into three stages, each woman may not go through it the same way. For first-time moms, labor can last 12 to 24 hours on

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    5. The Top 7 Pregnancy Myths

      When you're pregnant, you're likely to hear a lot of old wives' tales -- some of which can be amusing. You've probably heard this one: Carry high, it's a girl. Carry low, it's a boy. (Sure, it's silly, but our foremothers didn't have ultrasound.) Not all pregnancy myths are entertaining though. Some

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    6. 7 Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms

      Pregnancy changes your life -- and your body. You knew that your belly would expand, you'd feel more tired than usual, and you might throw up a few times as your pregnancy progressed. But you may not have expected some of the other physical changes. Ob-gyn Michele M. Hakakha, MD, author of Expecting

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    7. What’s in a (Baby) Name?

      Debating about what to name your baby? Put yourself in the child's shoes. Picture your child not as a cute baby but as a grown-up bearing the name you picked. "My No. 1 tip is to stop and pretend you're naming yourself," Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, says. "If you're starting out

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    8. Ultrasound (Standard) With Twins

      Who Gets the Test? Ultrasounds -- or sonograms -- are a common part of prenatal care. If you're having twins, you'll get ultrasounds more often than mothers of single babies. You've probably already had at least one. Usually, doctors confirm that a woman is having twins with an ultrasound. What the

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    9. Baby Carrier Features

      Babies may look tiny, but they can get pretty heavy after you've been lugging them around all day! One way to keep baby close to you without straining your back is with a carrier. Carriers support your baby, keep your hands free, and give you more mobility than a bulky stroller. Confused about which

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    10. Baby Crib Features

      During the first few months of life, your baby will spend up to 20 hours each day asleep. That’s why it’s so important to buy a crib that’s comfy and safe. Search for these features when you shop for cribs: You don’t need the priciest crib. Safety is more important than the design or price of the cr

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