Many couples choose to wait to find out the sex of their baby. A 2007 Gallup poll found that if respondents just found out they were pregnant, 51% would go ‘Team Green’ and wait until the baby was born to learn the gender. This choice comes with some challenges, though, since you’ve got to be prepared for either. So when you’re not sure if you’re expecting a boy or a girl – or you just want some great gender neutral nursery ideas– check out some of these adorable themes that will work perfectly for either sex! Peter Rabbit… Read More

It’s time to talk about something every pregnant woman gets tested for in the third trimester- Group B streptococcus (GBS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women get a routine GBS screening at 35 to 37 weeks. This screening determines whether or not you carry the GBS bacteria. Before you jump to conclusions about this routine test, know that roughly 1 in 4 pregnant women test positive. A positive test is less dramatic than it sounds! We have all the… Read More

Your diet has a major impact on your health, and when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you’re ingesting impact your little one as well. Babies need extra nutrients, and you may not be getting certain critical elements in sufficient amounts – even if you stick to a balanced diet and especially if you have dietary restrictions like vegans, vegetarians, and people who are intolerant of gluten or dairy. That’s where a prenatal vitamin enters the picture. You know a prenatal vitamin is good for you (and the wee one!), and vitamins and minerals… Read More

February may conjure up thoughts of Valentines and romance, but did you know it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month? According to the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Thankfully, it’s preventable. The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this awareness month to promote the importance of oral health, even for babies and young children. This year’s slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” referring to the fluoridation of the water in most communities. An optimal level of fluoride in water can help reduce the risk of tooth decay… Read More

At some point in her pregnancy, almost every woman has had a cringe-worthy moment. Maybe a stranger makes an offensive comment in passing. The partner might be an innocent perpetrator of one of these statements. But whether you’re friends with someone who is pregnant, married to a pregnant woman, or just your average person on the street, here are ten of the worst things you can say to a pregnant woman: When are you due? March? Never guess when a woman is due. We are not at the fair. You are not the creepy guy who guesses people’s weights or… Read More

For the first few weeks of your newborn’s life, he or she has a lot of adjustments to make. Drinking milk, peeing, pooping, breathing air…there’s so much going on that it’s no wonder your newborn is exhausted. But while some things (like breathing) are quickly grasped, others (like relieving newborn gas pains) take a little more time and effort. Judging by an infant’s face, baby gas pains are quite possibly the most painful things in the world. While it’s hard to hear your little one howl, don’t panic! It’s likely that the screaming and tears are just your newborn’s way… Read More

Have you ever wished your baby could hurry up and talk, so you knew what they wanted? Baby sign language can help facilitate communication before spoken language is acquired. While it has aspects similar to American Sign Language, baby sign language is taught with speech – it is not meant to take the place of speech, and does not interfere with language acquisition. Basic baby sign language often contains signs for people/family, eating and drinking signs, and state of being signs (dirty diaper, too hot or cold, upset, etc). Once they get the hang of it, you’re free to add… Read More

Baby, it’s cold outside! No…seriously, it’s cold outside. If we’re shivering, what about our little ones? Babies can’t regulate their body temperature like we can, and so they tend to lose heat more rapidly. What’s the best way to go about keeping baby warm during the winter months? Read on to find out. In the Car There are all sorts of buntings and covers that attach to the car seat, but if you’re in a car accident, these can actually bunch up and cause injury to your baby, so it’s best to avoid them. And no matter how cute… Read More

If you’re thinking about having a baby, or are a pregnant working mom, there’s an excellent chance you’ve thought about what you will do after the baby is here, work-wise – with good reason. The United States is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave. In 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act was passed, but it only guaranteed 12 weeks of unpaid leave for full-time workers, and only for those who work for companies with at least 50 employees. For many women, this leave is cut short, simply because they can’t afford to… Read More

Although it may be the last thing on your exhausted new-mom mind, at the 6-week postpartum checkup, you’ll probably get the all-clear to resume sexual activity again. Four to six weeks is the general rule, but you should definitely wait until all your bleeding has stopped. Your body needs time to heal after birth, and intercourse before the bleeding has subsided can put you at risk for infection. Until you get the ok to resume intimacy after childbirth, why not seek out other ways to be intimate with your partner? Massage, cuddling – go back to basics! Physical readiness… Read More

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