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Baby’s Gender

A Guide to Determining First Pregnancy By Lisa Hurt Kozarovich Pink or blue - determining baby genderSara Fleury of Phoenix, Ariz., swears by the Chinese fertility chart. Laura Brooks and her friends in Orange County, Calif., say if you want to know the sex of your baby without an ultrasound, the pencil-on-a-string method has proven 90 percent accurate in their group. Then there's the old urine-in-the-Drano test. In fact, there are dozens
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12 weeks for baby and mother

"Ideally, women should discuss their health and medical situation with a health care provider before pregnancy," says Dr. Susan Bathgate, assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. "This is important because many women don't realize they are pregnant until about five or six weeks after they have missed a period, and then some important development has already taken place." Now is not the time to
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Fetal Development | Fetal Development With Twins

Dr. Lillian Schapiro, an OB/GYN and women's health expert with Peachtree Women's Specialists, P.C. in Atlanta, Ga., knows all about carrying twins. After five cycles of fertility treatments, she became pregnant with twin daughters and delivered them in 1996. Her experiences inspired her self-published novel, Tick Tock (iUniverse, 2005), where the main character, a female gynecologist in the midst of a fertility rotation, discovers she may be infertile herself.
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Fetal Development | Fetal Movement and Kick Counts

Fetal Movement Facts A fetus usually spends about 10 percent of its time moving its body. In general, fetal movement is first felt during the 5th month of pregnancy (around week 18 to 20, a bit earlier if you've been pregnant before, later if this is your first pregnancy). "Fetal movements are at first very weak and moms may just think it is 'intestinal activity,'" says Dr. Mary B. Munn, director
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Child Abuse – You Suspect a Child Is at Risk

Every year, Americans make more than three million reports of suspected child abuse. What constitutes abuse, and how can you become a child's advocate? The woman standing in front of you in the supermarket checkout lane is trying to unload her groceries while calming the frantic screams of her toddler. Suddenly, the child reaches out, grabs a candy bar from the rack, and squeezes it with all her might. The
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First Pregnancy | 6 Things You Might Have Overlooked

Think there's nothing else you can do? Think again. Chances are, you've been overlooking some of the best ways to boost fertility. Just when does ovulation happen? If you don't know, you're not alone. Get tested for chlamydia and thyroid problems. Chlamydia can wreak havoc on fertility if untreated. This sexually transmitted disease (STD) is often asymptomatic, so you'll need to get tested regardless of how you feel. Thyroid problems can
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Labor & Delivery | The ABCs of Cord Blood Banking

In this age of product recycling, it is exciting news that we now have the opportunity to recycle life-saving blood cells that have routinely been discarded with the placenta after childbirth. The ultimate in biological recycling is umbilical cord blood collection. Last year, 600 children died of Leukemia. Ten to 15 thousand Americans each year are unable to find suitable bone marrow donors. No longer must donors undergo painful procedures
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First Pregnancy | First and Two Trimester Tips

Ever hit a state of too much information? When it comes to pregnancy, there is definitely a lot out there. The problem is a lot of the information is inaccurate, contradictory, unnecessary and, sometimes, downright scary, especially in the first trimester. Dr. Glade Curtis is the author of the Your Pregnancy series of books published by DaCapo Press. He notes that the Internet can be a wonderful educational tool for
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First Pregnancy | First Trimester Worries

Sharon Wren, mother of two from East Moline, Ill., was particularly worried because of a previous miscarriage. "The doctors said there weren't any signs that I would have a problem carrying another baby, but I wasn't sure until he was born," Wren says. "So that was a good nine months of worrying right there. My second big worry in the first trimester was weight gain – I wasn't gaining
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That First Kick – feeling baby during pregnancy

Although no one can quite prepare you for what you will experience when you feel those early flutters from Baby, it will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable moments of your life as a mom-to-be. These first flutterings from Baby are called quickening. Although each pregnancy and woman is different, as your baby continues to grow as the months pass, he will soon stretch his legs and arms
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Nature’s remedies could be harmful to your reproductive health

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility is diagnosed after one year of not being able to achieve pregnancy. Even with so many people lined up to register at baby stores, it's estimated that about 6.1 million American couples experience infertility each year. That's about 10 percent of the reproductive population. If you are having some trouble getting pregnant, take a look and see if you are using
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Home & Water Birth – Choose Water Birth

What Is a Water Birth? While water birth is not a particularly mainstream option in this country, women around the world often give birth in water. Traditionally in Hawaii and some other coastal cultures, women sometimes even gave birth in the ocean. Midwives who attend water births note that one of the most striking benefits of water birth is pain management. Today in the United States, water births most often find Mom
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What is Spider Weins?

Telangiectasias, or spider veins, are small enlarged blood vessels near the surface of the skin. Eis experienced spider veins during her first pregnancy, and they mostly corrected themselves with time. But now they've returned with a vengeance. "My OB/GYN said it's due to the increased blood flow caused by my body working to create another person, and she recommended that I wear those ... compression stockings, which are neither comfortable
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First Pregnancy | All About the Cervix

Pregnancy brings this tiny organ to the forefront of our minds, as the cervix softens, lengthens, elongates, dilates, thins and does all sorts of interesting things. So just what is the cervix and exactly what is its role in pregnancy? The following questions and answers will tell you what you need to know about this very important piece of our anatomy. What is the cervix anyway? The cervix is the opening
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Preconception – From nutrition to sex positions

McCarthy boosted her fertility with regular acupuncture treatments. The sessions smoothed out her irregular periods. She also exercised regularly and made sure she was well rested before trying to conceive. Use your body's physical signs of ovulation and pre-ovulation to predict optimal time for conception. "Try to take time out – get away from a busy schedule," says McCarthy, who gave her own body a few months to recoup after she
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Signs & Symptoms | Could I Be Pregnant?

Different pregnancies in the same woman may cause different symptoms. It can be very confusing and stressful; in fact, stress over whether or not one is pregnant can cause symptoms of pregnancy! So how do you sort it all out? Something's Missing The most common sign of pregnancy is missing a period (called "amenorrhea"), especially if the woman has been having regular menses prior to missing her period. This occurs because
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Will baby’s grandparents be there when the cord is cut?

Labor & Delivery Grandparents in the Delivery Room will baby's grandparents be there when the cord is cut? By Nickie Harris, R.N Despite her swollen belly, day-to-day life hasn't really changed for this mother-to-be. It seems as if it never will. Worn out, she slumps into a recliner and opens a book. Her warm cup of tea rests on the round table of her belly. She laughs at the absurdity of having a
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Home & Water Birth – A certified doula answers common questions on home birth

Expectant parents who are interested in birthing at home commonly ask the following questions: What are the benefits of a home birth? Giving birth at home offers many things that a hospital cannot provide, such as privacy, the comfort of your own home and bedroom, the opportunity to sleep in your own bed and to snuggle with your partner. Mothers experience support for natural birth and true freedom of movement for
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Mama’s Got Biceps- Building Muscle

Weight training with machines, free weights or resistance bands is a great way to build muscle strength and create a more toned body. Although many women include strength training in their fitness workouts, once they become pregnant, many often discontinue their training because of fears that it may be harmful. Contrary to past concerns, strength training done properly is a safe and effective way to provide the muscular strength needed
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Pregnancy Nutrition & Recipes – Should pregnant women participate?

"It seemed a logical step that if I could see one set of emotional reactions to diet, then my depression might be treatable," says Muzyczka, who ultimately lowered her carb intake and began eating a higher-protein diet. Going on a diet of any kind generally is not a good idea for pregnant women. Muzyczka discovered, to her surprise, that the changes she made were right on. "I went for about two