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Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Diaper Changing

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For some reason, disposable diapers feel like a relatively new invention. But actually, they were invented in 1949 by a mom who made them herself and sold them at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. She got $1 million for the patent rights. Today, the diaper industry brings in about $50 billion a year. Now might be a great time to buy stock in ...Read more

6 Top Tips to Boost Your Energy

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Need to add a little pep to your step? There are dozens of things that you could try -- some of which you might never have thought of. Consider these, which target each of your five senses.

Taste: magnesium. If your magnesium level is low, your body needs to work harder to do the most basic tasks, which can make you feel tired. The recommended ...Read more

5 Top Tips for Handling Pregnancy Aches and Pains

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You might be surprised to learn that headaches are very common in pregnancy. Nearly 1 in 5 pregnant women has a migraine at some point during pregnancy. Hormonal changes in pregnancy cause increased blood volume, including around the brain. This can trigger frequent, mild headaches. Headaches can also be caused by cutting back on caffeine, ...Read more

8 Top Tips for Sleeping Better

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"To sleep, perchance to dream" sounded a whole heck of a lot easier before kids. We can only imagine Shakespeare wrote this before his three children -- including a set of twins! -- were born.

Creating an inviting environment in your bedroom is a key to getting good sleep, according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation. A good mattress, ...Read more

5 Top Tips for Bottle-Feeding

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Feeding your baby is a wonderful experience. That's good, because you'll be doing it often! Newborns typically feed every two to three hours, more often during growth spurts.

Newborns should be fed breast milk or infant formula only. Formula may be more nutrient-dense than breast milk, so formula-fed babies may go slightly longer periods ...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips for Coping With Morning Sickness

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Morning sickness is so common in pregnancy that it almost seems like a rite of passage. But while more than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness, not all of them do! The nausea and vomiting usually begin around the sixth week of pregnancy and last until around the 12th week, but morning sickness can begin as early as week four,...Read more

6 Top Tips for Exercising Better

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The expression "no pain, no gain" has always seemed rather ironic. We're trying to lose weight, not gain it, right? Yet experts say that exercise is critical for weight loss and especially for weight maintenance.

How much exercise do you need, and maybe more importantly, how much exercise are you really getting? The average person overestimates...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips for Meeting Your Baby

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Your eyes meet, your hearts connect. Finally.

Here's what our Mommy M.D.s -- doctors who are also mothers -- say about meeting their babies for the first time.

"When my baby was born, I experienced an overpowering, stunned, intoxicating joy," says Elizabeth Berger, M.D., a mom of two grown children, the author of "Raising Kids with Character" ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Coping With Food Cravings in Pregnancy

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Pregnancy and cravings go together like pickles and ice cream. Common cravings include ice cream and very salty foods such as pretzels. No one knows for sure why pregnant women have cravings; perhaps they're linked to the hormonal and emotional changes you're going through. Cravings are very normal in pregnancy. Just the word "craving" has sent ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Eating Better in Pregnancy

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Whatever you put into your mouth -- chips and candy or carrots and cauliflower -- nourishes your baby as well. Common sense says you'd rather grow your baby on healthful foods than junk.

As a guideline, the March of Dimes recommends that in your first trimester you strive to eat six ounces of grains (such as breads, cereal, pasta and rice), 2.5...Read more

3 Top Tips for Separation Anxiety

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Around the first birthday, many kids develop separation anxiety. Knowing this is normal probably doesn't make it easier. Even though your toddler is growing more independent, he can become uncertain and anxious about being separated from you. Whatever pattern your child has developed when you separate from him will probably persist for a while ...Read more



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