Go for seconds
When timing contractions, use a clock with a secondhand to track duration (how long each contraction lasts from beginning to end), as well as frequency (how far apart they are from the start—not end—of one contraction to the start of the next).
— Take leave, January 2015
Take it slow
After baby arrives, your libido may be lagging, but a lack of sex doesn’t imply a lacking relationship. Studies show friendship is more important than how fiery things are between the sheets, so concentrate on companionship and rekindle the romance when you’re ready.
— Love on the rocks, February 2015
Use your words
Reading aloud to your little one exposes her to enriched language and encourages specific early literacy abilities needed to promote school readiness. Aim for 15 minutes a day to help your tot reap lasting cognitive, social-emotional and language skills.
— Books beyond bedtime, March 2015
Regular babywearing can promote weight gain in baby, as well as bolster other areas of physical development, like eyesight and language. Need another reason to strap on the carrier? One study found babies who are worn cry 43 percent less than those who aren’t.
— That’s a wrap, April 2015
Trust your instincts
Thanks to an overwhelming amount of information and opinions online, moms can feel pressure to do everything the “right” way. But the “right” way is whatever works best for you and your family. Go with your gut, and ask your pediatrician when in doubt.
— Making sense, May 2015
Clock some shut-eye
Newborns should be snoozing an average of 14 to 17 hours per day for their first three months, but don’t worry if your dreamer isn’t right on target. As little as 11 hours and as many as 19 are A-OK. As for mom: If baby is sleeping, you should try to catch some Zs, too.
— Rest assured, June 2015
Mind the matter
Hoping to go au naturel? Mindful birthing provides Buddhism-based meditation techniques to help you deal with pain one moment at a time. Concentrate on breathing, or focus on sensations in your body to stay present in the moment as you welcome your little one into the world.
— Mindful birthing, July 2015
Feed the need
Feed the need Every baby’s needs are different, but most experts recommend nursing your bambino every two to three hours, which adds up to 8 to 12 feedings a day. Regular nosh sessions will help establish your milk supply and ensure your babe is eating enough.
— A roadmap to breastfeeding, August 2015
Shake it off
If you start trembling during labor, don’t worry. “The shakes” are common during transition and the first hour after delivery. While you can’t prevent them, covering up with warm blankets can offer relief until they pass.
— Real talk, September 2015
Feast on this
Moms-to-be need only about 300 extra calories daily during pregnancy. If you’re feeling hungry frequently, try eating six small meals a day (instead of three large ones) to keep you satiated and ease issues like indigestion and nausea.
— The seven deadly sins of pregnancy, October 2015
Grow with care
The best way to deal with stretch marks is to avoid them. Keep your weight gain slow and steady by eating healthfully and enjoying moderate exercise. Don’t be discouraged if you end up with some stripes, though—genetics play a role, too.
— Can you keep a secret?, November 2015
Give it a shot
The inoculations you receive during pregnancy help protect your baby, too—even after birth—until she’s mature enough to receive her own vaccinations.
— Healthy start, healthy life, December 2015
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