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  1. Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby Early?

    The last few weeks of pregnancy are very important for your baby’s development. “For years, we thought babies born at 37 or 38 weeks were fine,” says Scott Berns, MD, deputy medical director of the March of Dimes. But over the last 10 years, experts have learned that’s not true. “Babies born even a

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  2. Is Natural Birth for You?

    Having a baby is a little like getting married, in the sense that every pregnant woman has a vision of how her labor will unfold. You might picture yourself in a modern hospital delivery room, pain-free and supported by every medical aid available. Or you might envision a more natural scene: giving

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  3. 7 Pregnancy Warning Signs

    You may wonder what symptoms during pregnancy warrant immediate medical attention and what symptoms can wait until your next prenatal visit. Always ask your health care provider at your visits about your concerns. But keep in mind some symptoms do need swift attention. Bleeding means different thing

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  4. How Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby?

    Your baby's kicks and stretches are a daily reminder that you'll soon get to see your little one's smile. The type of birth experience you want is a very personal decision. Do you want a natural childbirth in a home-like setting? Or would you feel more comfortable with all the conveniences of modern

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  5. Are You Ready to Have Children?

    Some choices (Paper or plastic? Coffee or espresso? "The X Factor" or "The Voice"?) are easy. But some, like when to have a baby, can be more of a challenge. "When my husband, Bret, and I started to discuss having a baby, we lived in California, while my family was back on the East Coast," says Cale

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  6. Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Explained

    A nutrition expert explains what you need to know about the latest guidelines on pregnancy weight gain.

  7. What to Avoid When You're Expecting

    Just about everyone who spots your baby bump has some nugget of advice, and that often includes products to steer clear of. But before you toss every cleaning and beauty item in your house, you need to know which warnings are worth heeding and which are misguided. Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, associat

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  8. 8 Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Wondering if you're pregnant? A pregnancy test is the way to know for sure. But what if it's too soon for accurate results? You may notice some subtle signs of pregnancy -- fatigue, nausea, frequent urination, and breast tenderness. Here's some expert advice on how to respond to these symptoms if yo

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  9. 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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  10. The Truth About Prenatal Nutrition and Fitness

    You've heard all kinds of things about what you should and shouldn't do to stay healthy and fit when you're pregnant. To separate fact from fiction, we asked our experts for their fitness and nutrition tips. As always, check with your doctor about which guidelines are right for you. Eat for one. You

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