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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Baby Stroller Features

      Combo strollers, travel systems, umbrella strollers, jogging strollers -- which one should you buy? Before investing hundreds of dollars on the latest souped-up stroller model, consider your baby's safety and your travel needs. The stroller seat should recline all the way back for your newborn, and

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 8 Early Signs of Pregnancy

      You haven't missed your period yet, but something seems different. Are there other clues that you're pregnant? Some women notice changes in their energy level, mood, or breasts -- a lot like having PMS. Other signs might take you by surprise, like fainting, a shift in your sense of smell, or more ba

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    9. Rocker or Glider Features

      Babies love the soothing back-and-forth motion of a rocker. Moms love the calming effect it has on their crying infant -- and the chance to get off their feet and relax for a few minutes while they nurse. Rockers are a win-win, if you find the right one. Here's what to look for: Old-fashioned wooden

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    10. Is Nesting Real?

      At some point during the third trimester of pregnancy (and possibly sooner), many women have strange new urges. They clean and organize, throw out, and stock up in a frenzy. When Sandy McCauley was pregnant for the first time, she went on an all-out cleaning spree. "I took every article of clothing

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