Is this how it’s supposed to feel?

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I remember when I was pregnant I would imagine holding my baby and how it would be. The happiness, the calm, the contentment that seemed to radiate from new moms—I knew that was going to be me soon. It made

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Foodie from the start

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Chicken nuggets or noodles and the occasional pizza: Anything else elicits a skeptical eye and a wrinkled nose from 6-year-old Sean W. “A lot of times he’ll say he doesn’t like something before he even tries it,” says his mother,

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Up in the air

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Let’s be honest: Taking care of a baby is hard work—even when you’re at home surrounded by an arsenal of infant gear, a fully stocked toy box and a three-week supply of diapers. So, it’s understandable if “Let’s take this

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Baby’s first-year bucket list

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Things I was annoyed by while pregnant: throwing up everything I ate, waiting 45 minutes to see my time-challenged gyno, my newly acquired cankles, and my husband saying that we were having a baby. (Um, did you gain 45 pounds

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Formula 1(01)

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In the intense, early days of parenthood, conflicting information, a lack of discussion on infant feeding options, and misconceptions about formula can make mixing a bottle seem like a graduate-level chemistry course. But even if there’s more to it than

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The first 72 hours

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When you’re expecting, it’s common to focus on labor as the “end result.” Giving birth is the goal you’ve been looking forward to for 40-odd weeks. First-time mothers wonder what it will feel like, how long it will take, what

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Mom’s the word: Alison Faulkner

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories refreshing,

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Mom’s the word: LaTonya Staubs

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories

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The science of lullabies

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Rocking baby to sleep to the sound of mom’s voice softly crooning a simple tune is a nightly ritual that’s stuck around for thousands of years—why? Because there’s a biological reason tipping off a mother’s urge to break into song.

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Mind the gap

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A high school teacher in Clarksburg, Maryland, and contributor to the parenting blog Diary of a First Time Mom, Kerrin Torres-Meriwether understands the long and short of sibling age gaps more fully than most. She and her twin sister were

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Mom’s the word: Emma Straub

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories

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Mom’s the word: Anna Bond

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories refreshing,

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Mom’s the word: Courtney Adamo

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories

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Out of office

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Before becoming one myself, my experience with stay-at-home moms was limited to watching TV matriarchs like Marge Simpson and Lucy Ricardo. My own mother worked, and I’d always assumed that I would as well. But when I got pregnant with

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The do’s and don’ts of motherhood

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If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that we have a common goal: to be the best mothers we can be to our little ones. It’s an overwhelming task, particularly when everyone seems to have an opinion about

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Drinking buddies

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Breast or bottle, milk or formula … after all giving birth to baby boys within six months of each other, four New Jersey moms quickly found that there’s plenty of room at the table for everyone to belly up. “Having

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Good sleep habits from the start

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If there’s one thing that is universally true about parenting a newborn, it’s that mama and papa will be enduring some serious sleep deprivation. Although babies sleep a lot (we’re talking 16 to 17 hours a day early on), they

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Made to order

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Foods that should be fortifying become frightening when allergies or intolerances are thrown into the mix. The body misidentifies certain foods as malicious invaders, responding suddenly and violently with an allergic reaction. Fortunately, these reactions aren’t typically an issue for

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Tame the tension

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You’ve spent months waiting for your little one to arrive, and although her birth day will be one for the books, the weeks after can be a rough ride for new parents. You’re at the constant beck and call of

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7 ways to soothe a fussy baby

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When baby starts a-wailing, it’s easy to lose your grip on coherent thought. But before you plunge headlong into a panic, scroll down the list of obvious fixes: Does babe have a dirty diaper? Is she hot or cold? Is

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Make a move

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Your mantra through any postbaby exercises should be this: slow and steady. The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change

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Safe deposit

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How often do you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? If you’re currently expecting, you have one right on the horizon. When your baby is born, the umbilical cord attaching him to you will also make its arrival in the world—and you’ll

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Healthy start, healthy life

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Moms were made to worry. You spend 40 weeks (give or take) stressing about your pregnancy and hoping baby is developing properly; then with delivery, pregnancy worries dissipate and are immediately replaced with anxiety for baby’s health and continued well-being.

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Early arrival

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Some parents discover while pregnant that their baby will more than likely make an early appearance. Others face preterm birth spontaneously and with-out warning. In both cases, life instantly becomes chaotic and scary. Pleasant daydreams of what those first few

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The working mom’s handbook

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It’s estimated that around 65 percent of mothers work outside the home. Parenting in and of itself is a full-time job, so when you add a “real” full-time job to the mix, things can get sticky. From readjusting after maternity

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You’ve had the baby … now what?

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After nine months of uncontrollable emotions, massive body changes and strange pregnancy symptoms, you might be looking forward to things returning to normal when baby arrives. However, the postpartum period can be as draining as the gestation period. Prepare for

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Worried sick

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I do not consider myself the anxious type. My sister has commented, “You just don’t do stress.” Co-workers have remarked, “You’re unflappable,” and described me as “completely calm.” Naturally, I am a relaxed person. I’m good in a crisis, and

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Social from the start

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When your recent addition is around 6 or 8 weeks old, near the peak of fussiness, she will smile at you for the first time—a rainbow breaking through the clouds of your exhaustion. “That first social smile is the most

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The name game

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Some parents have an inkling of what their newbie’s name will be long before they ever stare down at those two pink lines. Others wait until baby is in arms to see what name suits her best. Wherever you fall on

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Missed connection

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I had always prided myself on not becoming one of “those” moms. The ones who refer to themselves as “Mommy” at dinner parties (“Mommy’s getting tipsy!”), who listen to kids music 24/7 and whose relationships with their husbands don’t exist

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A roadmap to breastfeeding

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It’s seldom easy, sometimes challenging and almost always worth it in the end. If you’re trying to breastfeed your babe and struggling to find your footing on this new path, know you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, and we’ve

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One-woman show

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I had a serious case of new-mom jitters when I brought my firstborn home from the hospital, but I quickly found my groove. In fact, I was so confident in my ability to care for my newborn that I basically

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Baby bunk

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When you’re pregnant, nearly everyone who crosses your path will gladly tell you the best way to raise a baby. But following so-and-so’s suggestions isn’t necessarily what’s best for your wee one. We’ve waded through the most common baby-rearing beliefs

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Little linguist

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Because I speak English and my husband speaks Dutch, raising a bilingual child was a no-brainer. But when we shared our decision with others, the response was a mixture of admiration and concern. What a great opportunity for our daughter,

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State of mind

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From fast-paced cities to laid-back small towns and everywhere in between, the places parents choose to call home while bringing up baby are chock-full of differences. But whether you carry a metro card or drive a minivan, when it comes

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I wonder

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To say the day I discovered I was pregnant was shocking would be an understatement. My husband and I viewed parenthood kind of like a vacation destination that we’d like to visit. Sure, we thought we’d have kids someday. But

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Confessions of a bottle-feeder

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I was the picture of preparation. I had attended the breastfeeding class at my local hospital, stocked my cupboards with breast pads and lanolin, and met with the on-staff lactation specialist within hours of delivery. Breastfeeding was the obvious way

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Parenting in the digital age

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Not so long ago, life was lived without many of the conveniences we rely on today. Our moms didn’t have smartphones or WebMD; they had to make lists on real pieces of paper, ask neighbors to help identify a rash,

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Let it go

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My daughter never got the memo about rolling over. There she was at 6 months, seemingly unaware that it was possible to flip from her back to her stomach. While she was lying there too content to move, I was

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Amanda Booth

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Every year in May, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting down the

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Joy Cho

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Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Sarina Prabasi

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Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Katie Daisy

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Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting

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Five things worth worrying about

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There are plenty of things new moms fret over—Why isn’t my baby rolling over yet? Shouldn’t she be sleeping through the night? Is it normal to cry whenever strangers try to hold her?—but most aren’t worth a second thought. (She’ll roll

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Making sense

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Your little one is a natural learner. From day one, his five glorious senses are sending a steady stream of messages about his new postwomb environment. Bit by bit, these incoming messages form your newborn’s understanding of the world around

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Tara Harvey

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Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting

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That’s a wrap

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As much as you’d love to spend all day, every day snuggling with your little love, the unfortunate reality is that there are meals to cook, bills to pay, a hamper in desperate need of some relief—and maybe even a

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Sticky situations

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As a new mom, you’re bound to experience a few tricky interactions. From strangers invading your space to in-laws disregarding your rules, we’ve detailed—and diffused—the most common uncomfortable circumstances. The tough spot: Strangers (or even friends) want to hold your new

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Personal shopper

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Feel like you’re drowning in a sea of strollers and car seats? Consider this guide the lifeguard on duty. We’ve packed it with practical information and expert input, so you can make smart choices and select gear that suits your

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Bringing sexy back: Working out postpartum

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P&N: What workouts would you recommend for a new mom who has just been cleared to exercise? Brooke Taylor: Start by simply taking the baby for a walk 30 minutes a day to get your body moving and your heart

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