Category Pregnancy

Why Including an Advance Directive in Your Birth Plan is Crucial

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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and after the highly publicized case in Texas involving a pregnant woman placed on life support, it’s important that all women consider including an advance directive in their birth plan.

Marlise Munoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she collapsed with a blood clot in her lung and stopped breathing for an hour. Despite her family’s wishes, and doctors’ determination that she was brain-dead, she was placed on life support for two months...

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Research: Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping Helps Babies

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At her nine-month check up, my firstborn’s hemoglobin level was low. What followed was a sleepless, expensive roller coaster ride filled with iron supplements, invasive tests and many tears — both hers and mine. When I was pregnant with my second child, I stumbled upon research that said delayed clamping of the umbilical cord increases iron stores up to six months after birth in full-term infants.

What’s in Cord Blood?

Expectant parents are well aware of the value of cord blood...

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10 Pediatrician Approved Baby Registry Must-Haves

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  •  Meet the Doc

    Dr. Tanya Altmann, an L.A.-based pediatrician and associate medical editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5,” is also a mom of three boys. She shared with us some of her favorite baby registry picks, including those that she currently uses with her newest addition.

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Top 10 Nursery Design Trends of 2015

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  • After picking out a baby’s name, designing your bundle of joy’s room is your next most important decision. But with all the possibilities out there—modern, nautical, unisex, animals—decorating a pint-sized person’s room can feel hugely overwhelming.

    Project Nursery to the rescue! The inspirational baby room decor site has pulled together a list of the top trends for nurseries for 2015 with the help of their readers—real moms like you and me! From metallic hues to Western-inspired accents to modern floral prints, this year’s trends mean baby’s room may just be the most stylish room...

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The Best Pregnancy Pillows

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  • The Softest

    The Comfort U Pillow by Moonlight Slumber cushions every angle of your aching body with soft Fusion Foss fiber. It feels soft and stays soft, but it provides support where you need it most with its classic “U” shape. This is the perfect pregnancy pillow if you want to feel like you’re surrounded by a giant cloud.

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5 Pregnancy Dates To Experience Before You’re Due

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5 Pregnancy Dates To Experience Before You’re Due

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HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder’s Simple-But-Stylish Nursery Ideas

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HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder’s Simple-But-Stylish Nursery Ideas

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Genevieve Gorder, of HGTV’s “Genevieve’s Renovations,” “Dear Genevieve” and “Town Haul.” I asked her about her favorite nursery designs and what budget-friendly tips she has for parents. I was pleasantly surprised to hear almost all of her favorite tips were not only inexpensive-ideas, but also a complete shift from the usual pink and blue gender-defined rooms.

Genevieve started by saying, “Nurseries are so overly designed and sold in big sets, and that’s absolutely unnecessary. Everything is so overly packaged and licensed...

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Nursery Inspiration

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Nursery Inspiration

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