Monthly Archives: January 2014

Look out below

When it comes to pregnancy, moms and their bodies take on a lot of changes. Some are thrilling, like sporting a baby bump. Some are less so, like the seemingly shrinking bladder. Then there are those you’d rather not discuss—with … Continue reading

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Affordable essentials

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Osprey Poco Premium

As our newborn grew into an infant and our infant crept closer to becoming a toddler, we knew we needed to look into a new child carrier. The front-facing carrier we had no longer suited our needs. Luckily, we were … Continue reading

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Picture this

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Made for this

To the uninitiated—heck, even to those who have done it before—the actual labor and delivery part of pregnancy seems downright impossible. (I have to fit what through where?) But as unmanageable as it seems, your body is designed to do … Continue reading

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Take it to the bank

Back in the fall of 2006, Tami and Matt Byrd of Rochester Hills, Michigan, were busy growing their family and frantically adjusting to their schedule as parents of two rambunctious boys. It was an eventful but exciting time for the … Continue reading

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Best in peace

How important is relaxation during pregnancy? Very! When you’re strained, you produce stress hormones. These hormones affect your physical and emotional well-being. And when you’re pregnant, hormones can cross the placenta and color baby’s experience as well. Studies suggest that … Continue reading

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The year of the horse

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Under budget

Resolved to save some green in 2015? With these affordable finds, baby’s nursery will look top-dollar for a nice price. The contain game: owl / bee The art part: mountain / letter V Odds and ends: squirrel / bank / throw pillow … Continue reading

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Soles to console

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Folic Acid Q&A

You hear all the time that folic acid is important during pregnancy, but do you know why? Julia Robertson, CPM, a teratogen information specialist with the Utah Department of Health who counsels women, healthcare providers and the general public through … Continue reading

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Off-kilter

Feeling wobbly? During the third trimester of pregnancy, balance issues are common as the hormone relaxin kicks in. Take a look at what’s causing the clumsiness. Ligament laxity As relaxin helps pelvic muscles soften in preparation for labor, joints that … Continue reading

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Trend alert

No. 1: Get a leg up. Patterned pants are a wardrobe staple. Bobo Choses leggings $52 From the fabric sourcing right down to the packaging, these baby bottoms are a product of the USA. Little Hip Squeaks leggings $36 Littlefour … Continue reading

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See to it

According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2013 American Eye-Q consumer survey, 61 percent of women aren’t aware that their vision or eye health can change due to pregnancy. Here’s what moms-to-be should know: Expectant women should avoid new contacts … Continue reading

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Do-over

Strengthen my core before I get pregnant! Seriously, being fit is so helpful. —Karen Beato Mangonon, via Facebook Relax a little more; I overthought everything, and it all turned out fine. —theplanks, via Instagram Take a babymoon, and try to … Continue reading

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Handy how-to: Feel comfortable in your new role

Whether your postpartum body has you feeling flustered or a crying baby and lack of sleep have you wondering if you’re cut out for this whole motherhood thing, follow these steps to restore your self-confidence. Pinpoint the issue. By identifying … Continue reading

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Lean, mean, baby-cleaning machines

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