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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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Being a mom has been something I always knew I wanted. It may seem corny, but it's the truth. Most people have practice acting out the role of a mom or dad throughout their lives.

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When writing a birth plan, you have to remind yourself and your partner that it's just a "plan". Things aren't always going to turn out perfect or exactly how you want them to go. BUT with that being said, I have always felt there is no reason to panic, worry or be negative about your birthing experience. 

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There is a new kind of party that is becoming contagious to moms, dads and families all across the nation; gender reveal parties. You probably have heard of them by now and maybe even attended one. These parties reveal the sex of the soon-to-be-born baby to family and friends in fun, creative and surprising ways. The examples below didn't spare any details and can inspire anyone to create their own gender reveal party. You don't have to be a party planner or an expert crafter to have fun with this new party trend.

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Finding an OB seems like an easy task; find a hospital that is close to you, find an OB that seems nice, BAM done. Well, in all reality it isn’t that easy. In my experience it is something that each woman should take very seriously to really make sure she is getting what she wants.

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I'm getting to that age where most of my friends have kids that are school-aged and beyond. Some have one, some have many, and I have two. For the first 5 years of my older son's life, he was an only child. We treated him like an only child. We moved around the country and he came along, experiencing new places and things, and lived the blissful life of being the only apple of our eyes. And then. Boom! Guess what, kid? You're going to be a big brother.

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Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to give up your own unique style. Maternity clothes are easy to come by these days and pretty stylish. Once you get over that "awkward stage" of pregnancy where you don't look pregnant but you sure don't fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes, it's time to embrace your belly and all the changes your body is making.

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