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Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Pregnancy Digestive Woes

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During pregnancy, it's very common to have lots of gas, bloating and constipation. Most pregnant women do. All of these digestive ailments can cause abdominal discomfort and even pain.

The reason why you might have more gas and bloating is that pregnancy hormones relax the muscles in your digestive tract. This slows your digestion, causing gas ...Read more

Brighter Days: 7 Top Tips for Increasing Esteem

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If your internal dialogue has gone from, "I think I can; I think I can; I think I can" to, "What the heck was I thinking? I know I can't. I might as well go back to bed" -- a major esteem boost is in order!

But how? Simply paying attention to your body and emotions can improve your health and self-esteem. In a study of women who were pregnant ...Read more

6 Top Tips for Healthy Eating

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Right now, every time you feed your baby, you're laying the foundation for your child's lifelong eating habits.

No pressure.

But it really is that important. Because your baby wants to be just like you, modeling nutritious eating is one of the best things you can do. For example, if your baby sees you eating yogurt, he or she is more likely to...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Clearing Up Pregnancy Skin Changes

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Your skin is certainly not immune to changes during pregnancy. Acne and pregnancy mask are a few skin changes you might encounter. On the flip side, all of the extra blood in your veins might be giving you a lovely, rosy complexion, and the extra hormones might make your skin smooth and shiny.

A few lucky pregnant women have less acne during ...Read more

6 Top Tips for Cooling Pregnancy Heartburn

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Even women whose only prior experience with heartburn is those old TV commercials (How do you spell relief? R-O-L-A-I-D-S) might experience heartburn during pregnancy. Nearly a quarter of pregnant women get heartburn during their first trimesters. At least half of women will have it sometime during pregnancy. Heartburn can begin at any point in ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 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

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



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