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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

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips to Minimize Pregnancy Swelling

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Remember your ankles? Even if you could bend down to look at your ankles, they might be so swollen you wouldn't want to. Swelling is very common in pregnancy, especially toward the end. To meet the needs of your developing baby, your body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids. All of this extra blood and fluid causes swelling. ...Read more

Brighter Days: Top Tips for Napping on the Go

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During this pandemic, "on the go" has really taken on new meaning, and sometimes, a new sense of necessity. We can have so many things delivered, yet we still do need to get out -- sometimes to pick up things that can't be delivered and other times because we simply need to get out of our homes!

Moms are expert multitaskers. So, it might make ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Weaning Off the Bean

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There's a reason Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts locations multiply like rabbits: We're a nation of caffeine fiends. But while coffee in general and caffeine in particular offer many health benefits -- such as helping to protect you against Type 2 diabetes, liver cancer and Parkinson's disease -- during pregnancy, you can definitely have too much ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Pacifiers

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Check out the baby section of a store, and you'll see a dizzying array of pacifiers. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors.

Despite a bit of a bias in our society against pacifiers, the American Academy of Pediatrics actually gives them the A-OK, especially between one and six months.

Here are some benefits to pacifiers:

-- Studies ...Read more

4 Top Tips for Calcium in Pregnancy

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Milk: It does a pregnant body good. Calcium is critical for keeping your bones and teeth healthy and strong. Calcium is also required for muscle contraction; blood vessel expansion and contraction; secretion of hormones and enzymes; and transmitting impulses throughout your nervous system.

When you're pregnant, it's very important to get 1,000 ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Breastfeeding

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It's one of the great ironies of life: Something that should be so simple and so natural so often isn't.

Studies show many benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk contains disease-fighting antibodies that can help protect babies from illnesses. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of obesity, diabetes, allergies and dental cavities. (Look, Ma, no ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Pregnancy Fatigue

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If you're pregnant and tired, you're in good company. Fatigue in early pregnancy is very common. You can blame your soaring progesterone levels. Also, lower blood sugar levels, increased blood production and lower blood pressure might all be conspiring to make you sleepy.

Here's what our Mommy M.D.s -- doctors who are also mothers -- do to ...Read more

4 Top Tips for Jaundice

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Jaundice is a very common condition in newborns; that's when a baby's skin and the whites of his eyes take on a yellowish tinge due to excess bilirubin in his blood. When your baby's body breaks down red blood cells, it produces bilirubin. Normally, the bilirubin passes through the liver and is whisked out of the body through the intestines. But...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips to Prevent and Treat Pregnancy Back Pain

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Back pain is the bane of many women's pregnancies. With weight gain, hormonal surges and a shifting center of gravity, back pain is pretty inevitable.

If the pain is in your tailbone, it might help to sit on a donut pillow. This gives some space between your tailbone and the seat. Exercise might help, especially walking. Besides exercising, ...Read more



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