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When To Call Your Baby's Doctor

Bringing your baby home from the hospital is such an exciting life event. You may be unsure if your baby is showing normal newborn behavior or if something is wrong. Here are some general signs that are reasons to contact your child's doctor.

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What to Expect in the Hospital

As an expecting mother, you may feel like your preparation for the big day may never end. If you are expecting your second child, you may already know the drill.

Whether you are giving birth to your first child or not, knowing what to expect when you get to the hospital can eliminate some of the mystery and doubt about giving birth.

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What Is Jaundice and What Does It Mean For My Baby?

Jaundice is a medical condition that can occur in babies, children and even adults. However, we most frequently get questions about jaundice from new parents who are concerned with what it means for their newborns.

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What to Expect the First Two Weeks at Home with Your Newborn

The first 2 weeks at home with your newborn baby can be joyful and exciting, but there can also be uncertainty as you both get to know each other.

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Prevent, Treat, and Heal Diaper Rashes from Home

Opening your baby's diaper to find a red, irritated bottom is something that almost all parents will encounter at one point or another.

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How to Bathe Your Newborn

Bathing your newborn baby can be daunting for parents as you figure out how to keep your baby clean while also keeping him warm and safe.

Here are some tips to help:

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Traveling While Pregnant

Traveling can be physically and mentally taxing on anyone, but it can often become difficult for expecting women. Even the easiest of transportation methods we often take for granted can become very complicated.

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How Much is Too Much Exercise When Pregnant?

It is highly recommended that pregnant women maintain a regular exercise routine. During pregnancy, the suggested duration of exercise is at least 30 minutes a day. It is also advised to avoid participating in long, intense workouts, especially in warmer conditions. When exercising, always take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.  We recommend wearing a heart rate monitor to monitor your heart rate. Usually try to keep the rate under 150bpm.  You may need to modify your workout as your pregnancy progresses.

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Fetal Development in the First Trimester

Welcome to pregnancy! The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy is an important time in the development of your baby. Caring for this new life can be both exciting and exhausting!

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Do I Really Need a Birth Plan?

Whether this is your first or fourth child, a birth plan can be a great tool for your baby’s delivery.

Not every birth can go as you plan. So, why take the time to create a birth plan - and when should it be used?

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Shopping for the Baby Medicine Cabinet

Bringing baby home is exciting - ok maybe a little scary too! Your baby shouldn't need very much medication right away after coming home from the hospital. However, it is good to be prepared in case your baby develops a fever or has a problem with a gassy tummy.

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Surviving the Hot Summer While Pregnant

Pregnant and having a hard time with the summer heat? Keeping cool during the hot summer months is important to both mom and baby. Learn the physical reasons heat is rough on pregnant moms - and what steps you can take to keep cool...
 

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New Parent's Back Ache

New parents struggle with back pain all too often. What are the common reasons - and how can a parent prevent the ache?

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Folic Acid, a Key to Preventing Birth Defects

January is birth defect prevention month. Getting enough folic acid, a B vitamin prior to getting pregnant and while pregnant will decrease the chances of a baby being born with a birth defect by 50-70%.

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We are so excited to announce that our Amalia has had her baby boy! Bastian Oliver Van Bloom was born on April 24, 2013 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz. Mom and baby are doing well under the care of the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Methodist Women’s Hospital. And, her husband, Brian, is a very proud new papa.

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