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Brighter Days: 8 Top Tips for Preparing for Birth

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You're in the homestretch! By the end of the last trimester, most moms-to-be are ready to have their babies -- now!

By now, you know which hospital or birth center you'll deliver at. Perhaps you've even taken a tour or a class there. If not, it's a great idea to take a dry run to see exactly the best way to go. Locate and practice an alternate ...Read more

5 Top Tips for Caring for Teeth and Gums

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Whoever said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" might well have been talking about going to the dentist. A regular checkup is often covered by dental insurance, or costs about $150 out of pocket. But a filling costs $300 -- or much more!

Brushing your toddler's teeth is probably not your favorite thing to do, nor hers. But it's ...Read more

4 Top Tips for Sleeping Better in Pregnancy

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It feels like a bit of a cruel joke that moms-to-be struggle with sleep -- during their last few months before their babies start waking them up at night. Many things conspire to make it hard for pregnant women to sleep, including restless legs syndrome, vivid dreams and aches and pains.

Around 15% of pregnant women develop a mysterious ...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips to Sleep

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Whoever coined the phrase "sleeping like a baby" had a really good sense of humor. Maybe she didn't have kids!

A newborn might sleep up to 16 hours each day, but that's probably only for a few hours at a time. Breastfed babies tend to get hungry more frequently than bottle-fed babies, and it's not uncommon for them to nurse every two hours for ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Getting Support During Pregnancy

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This might be less about enlisting help than it is about accepting help. Chances are good that people want to help you right now, but it can be hard to accept help, even when it's offered. Try to let down your guard, accept help and even ask for it when you need it. Just say yes.

During your pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms such as morning ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Setting Up the Nursery

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Where your baby will sleep is a very personal decision. Some parents feel strongly that their babies should sleep in their own cribs in their own rooms from day one. Other parents feel just as strongly that babies should co-sleep with their parents as babies did generations ago and as many babies in other countries still do. Still other parents ...Read more

5 Top Tips for Stressing Less in Pregnancy

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Studies rank pregnancy at No. 12 on the list of life's most stressful events. And, of course, the rest of your stress isn't going away anytime soon.

It's perfectly natural to worry about your growing baby. In fact, it's great training for parenthood. You might worry about your new role as a mother, how having a baby will impact your ...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips for Coping with Pregnancy Emotions

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If Kleenex commercials make you cry and your partner is driving you nuts, you're not alone. Blame it on changes in your hormone and neurotransmitter levels, which are substances that allow nerve cells to communicate with one another. You might find it helpful to talk with a friend, family member or counselor.

Here's what our Mommy M.D.s -- ...Read more

Brighter Days: 3 Tips for Recovering from the Birth

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Now that your baby is born, we wish we could wave a magic wand and change you back to your pre-pregnancy self. It took your body nine months to get to this point, but the good news is it won't take you another nine months to get your body back. Women are incredibly resilient.

After your baby is born, your uterus shrinks immediately from the ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Reading to Your Baby

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Reading to your baby increases his vocabulary, memory and attention span. Plus, it fosters creativity and a love of learning.

Rhyming books can help with pattern recognition. Peekaboo books can help teach cause and effect, and photo books can encourage object recognition. What wonderful gifts to give to your child! Plus, few things are sweeter ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Tips for Dressing Your Baby

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As your baby nears her first birthday, she is probably helping you to help her get dressed. For example, she'll probably hold her arms out to help put on her shirt. Sometime between 13 and 20 months, your toddler will probably figure out how to take off her own clothes. This is helpful at home -- and not so helpful at the grocery store. It could...Read more

 

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