Plus Size & Expecting: Pregnancy Myths Debunked!

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The internet can be a gift and a curse at times. On one hand, it’s a great tool to use to research certain topics but when the topics researched involves medical advice or pregnancy tips, don’t be surprised if you’re led down the wrong path. Here are 5 common pregnancy myths debunked by Sonali Shivlani, a certified pregnancy, lactation and child nutrition counselor. Myth 1: … [Read more...]

Is Being Pregnant Considered Being Plus-Sized?

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Editor's Note: We love receiving articles from our readers about their experiences and insight on being a plus sized woman.  This article was submitted by Kiera Edwards.  If you have an opinion that you want to share you can contact the Editor to submit an article.   So, I'm not one to get on a soap box and continuously complain about the wrongdoings towards plus-sized … [Read more...]

Nine Spring Resolutions for Renewing and Refreshing Yourself After Giving Birth

Nine Spring Resolutions for Renewing and Refreshing Yourself After Giving Birth

If the winter winds have been howling outside (while your baby is howling inside), you might be experiencing a touch of the winter blues. After several weeks or months of caring for your new arrival, it’s easy to become stuck in a rut of wearing warm, baggy clothes and staying indoors. And as you contemplate the coming arrival of spring (it’s just around the corner!), you may … [Read more...]

Pregnant Women & Antidepressants: Do The Benefits Outweigh The Risks?

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Commonly-prescribed SSRI antidepressants should be given to pregnant women with "great caution" because the drugs could raise risk for miscarriage, premature birth and health problems in both mom and a newborn baby, a new study concludes. For the study, published in the Oct. 31 issue of Human Reproduction, researchers from several Boston-area hospitals reviewed previously … [Read more...]

Helpful Tips for Couples with Infertility

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Over 6.1 million Americans of child bearing age have difficulty conceiving. While preparing to have a baby can be a very exciting time for couples, it can also be very hard on couples who haven't tested positive yet and have been trying for some time. Below are some helpful tips for couples dealing with infertility. Communicate It is very important for couples to keep the … [Read more...]

Speak to Me: My Child Has Speech Development Delays, What Should I Do?

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Studies say that by the age of 2, a toddler should know 20-200 words and start putting together 2 to 3 word sentences. At Jade’s (my daughter) 2 yr check up I expressed my concerns on her speech. We felt as though she wasn’t saying as many words or sentences that she should be. Her pediatrician suggested doing speech therapy. I was on board because as he explained, the earlier … [Read more...]

7 Tips To Save On Bringing Home Baby

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Here's a newsflash: it costs a lot to have a baby! A recent report from the USDA estimates the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 is a staggering $287,000. This represents a 25-percent increase over the past decade, thanks to the rising cost of groceries and medical care. The kicker? This amount doesn't include the expenses associated with pregnancy and … [Read more...]

$33,000 Per Pound: The REAL Weight Loss Willpower

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Last week I watched an interesting story on 20/20 called “Losing It: The Big Fat Trap”, which really shocked me on how much these weight loss companies and celebrities profit by endorsing their product. We’ve seen them all: Kirstie Alley, Valerie Bertinelli, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson and the list goes on. All of these celebrities have been sponsors for … [Read more...]

Unborn Babies Given Drugs to Prevent Obesity

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I thought I had heard it all!  The horrible "fear" of obesity has reached an all time high in the UK.  According to the Daily Mail, a new trial has begun to prevent  overweight mothers from developing gestational diabetes  and giving birth to "Sumo Babies". Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without … [Read more...]

Without Guilt, Without Shame: How State Aid & Charities Helped Me

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When I joined the workforce towards the end of my high school career, I never paid any attention to where my money was going, I just knew it was going to taxes and somebody named FICA. However, as economic times changed around 2009, I got real acquainted to where my some of the funds went and through the help of others realized that there was no shame in getting benefits I not … [Read more...]

Dealing with Sensitive Skin and Children

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There are a few skin disorders that can affect children. Here's a couple that I've had experience with and some of the treatments I've used. Eczema Eczema is itchy inflamed skin. It's believed to be caused by a reaction to an allergen. It can show up on many areas of the body. The key is to keep the skin moisturized.  Aveeno Oatmeal bath is good to help with the itch. If you … [Read more...]

Susan G. Koman Cuts Ties To Planned Parenthood

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The news that Susan G. Koman For The Cure will no longer give money to Planned Parenthood left many women upset, confused and outraged over their decision. Women frowning upon their decision have commented on Facebook and blog posts since the news was announced. For years Planned Parenthood has been considered the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider … [Read more...]

Tips For Coping With A High Risk Pregnancy

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Enduring a high-risk pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience of stress, fear and unknowns, leading to more questions than answers. Many of these moms adhere to strict regimes of bed rest; face major changes in lifestyle and relationships; and are subject to dozens of doctor visits and even surgery or medications to protect their unborn children. For them, birth may not be … [Read more...]

Surviving Morning Sickness: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know

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When does morning sickness end? This is a question that fifty to eighty percent of pregnant woman ask during their pregnancies. The sad thing about morning sickness is that it doesn't always last just in the morning, it can last all day. How Soon Does Morning Sickness Start? For some new mom's to be morning sickness can start between the fourth and sixth week of pregnancy and … [Read more...]

Helpful Tips for Couples w/ Infertility

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Over 6.1 million Americans of child bearing age have difficulty conceiving. While preparing to have a baby can be a very exciting time for couples, it can also be very hard on couples who haven't tested positive yet and have been trying for some time. Below are some helpful tips for couples dealing with infertility. Communicate It is very important for couples to keep the … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding While Working Does Mix

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I recently encountered a young woman who was having her second baby and was stressing over how she could breastfeed and work. I'm a research nut so I subscribed to everything baby related and information about the subject to share with her. When it's time to return to work you can start to bottlefeed the baby breast milk. You may want to introduce bottles before returning to … [Read more...]

Healing After Childbirth

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You probably had a long list of projects you planned to get done during your maternity leave. However, you now realize that you forgot one thing: This is not a vacation. Instead, it is a time to heal, to get to know your new baby and to learn how to be a mother. So forget everything except these three things. The healing part is very important. Your body has been through a … [Read more...]

Does Breastfeeding Really Help You Lose Weight Faster?

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A little over 3 months ago I had my baby girl. Within the 1st month I dropped 20 lbs of the 60lbs I gained. Now it seems like these last 40 lbs are going to be the hardest. Exercise wasn't an option at first because I was recovering from a C-section and then I had to have gall bladder surgery. Now it's a matter of having the energy to do something like exercise that is … [Read more...]